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

  • 1099
    First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid forces led by Al-Afdal Shahanshah. This is considered the last engagement of the First Crusade.
  • 1499
    First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
  • 1676
    Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.
  • 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.
  • 1806
    Santiago de Liniers re-takes the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.
  • 1831
    French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
  • 1883
    The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
  • 1898
    An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
  • 1953
    Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1960
    Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
  • 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
  • 1980
    The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
  • 1985
    Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
  • 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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