August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2018 was the 224th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
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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 Event(s)
- 1099First 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.
- 1480Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
- 1877Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
- 1883The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
- 1944Alençon is liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
- 1953Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
- 1964Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
- 1977The 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.
- 1980The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
- 2005Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1503King Christian III of Denmark and Norway (d. 1559)
- 1644Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Bohemian composer (d. 1704)
- 1831Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist (d. 1891)
- 1885Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
- 1919Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (d. 1971)
- 1958Jürgen Dehmel, German bass player and songwriter (Nena)
- 1963Sir Mix-a-Lot, American rapper
- 1968Andras Jones, American actor
- 1972Takanohana Kōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 65th Yokozuna
- 1981Tony Capaldi, Northern Irish footballer
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