About August 12

August 12, 2020 is the 225th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 184 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

  • 30 BC
    Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.
  • 1480
    Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
  • 1499
    First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
  • 1793
    The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
  • 1806
    Santiago de Liniers re-takes the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.
  • 1877
    Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
  • 1883
    The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • 1898
    The Hawaiian flag is lowered from Iolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the flag of the United States to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawai`i to the United States.
  • 1944
    Alençon is liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
  • 1944
    Waffen SS troops massacre 560 people in Sant'Anna di Stazzema.
  • 1953
    Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1953
    The islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in Greece are severely damaged by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
  • 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.
  • 1977
    The Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people, begin, less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed.
  • 1978
    The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is signed.
  • 1981
    The IBM Personal Computer is released.
  • 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.

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