What are the important events that happened on August 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 12 is the 224th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 30, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 417,360 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosatetragon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac 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 191 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,695 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 12: This Day In History

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.

August 12 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1121
    Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
  • 1323
    Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia), that regulates the border between the two countries for the first time.
  • 1831
    French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
  • 1964
    Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
  • 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
  • 1981
    The IBM Personal Computer is released.
  • 2005
    Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.

Who were born on August 12?

  • 1566
    Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain (d. 1633)
  • 1856
    Diamond Jim Brady, American financier (d. 1917)
  • 1883
    Pauline Frederick, American actress (d. 1938)
  • 1941
    Dana Ivey, American actress
  • 1950
    Jim Beaver, American actor and writer
  • 1960
    Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (d. 2010)
  • 1968
    Andras Jones, American actor
  • 1972
    Takanohana Kōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 65th Yokozuna
  • 1977
    Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
  • 1980
    Maggie Lawson, American actress

Who died on August 12?

  • 1891
    James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (b. 1819)
  • 1900
    Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian chess player (b. 1836)
  • 1901
    Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-born Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  • 1922
    Arthur Griffith, Irish politician (b. 1871)
  • 1948
    Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1952
    David Bergelson, Ukrainian-born Soviet Yiddish language writer (b. 1884)
  • 1973
    Karl Ziegler, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1982
    Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • 1982
    Varlam Shalamov, Russian writer (b. 1907)
  • 1999
    Jean Drapeau, Canadian politician (b. 1916)

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