About August 12

August 12, 2021 is the 224th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 173 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

August 12: More About This Day

It is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. It is also known as the “Glorious Twelfth” in the UK, as it marks the traditional start of the grouse shooting season.

What Happened On August 12

  • 1121
    Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
  • 1164
    Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.
  • 1323
    Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia), that regulates the border between the two countries for the first time.
  • 1687
    Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottomans.
  • 1793
    The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
  • 1831
    French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
  • 1883
    The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • 1898
    An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War.
  • 1914
    World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
  • 1952
    The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
  • 1960
    Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1964
    South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
  • 1969
    Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
  • 1976
    Between 1,000 and 3,500 Palestinians are killed in the Tel al-Zaatar massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War
  • 1977
    The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • 1985
    Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
  • 1994
    Major League Baseball players go on strike. This will force the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.
  • 2005
    Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
  • 2007
    The bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with the oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

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