August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2021 is the 224th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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.
- 1164Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.
- 1687Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottomans.
- 1793The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
- 1898The 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.
- 1953Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
- 1960Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
- 1964South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
- 1978The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is signed.
- 1982Mexico announces it is unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spreads to all of Latin America and the Third World.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1867Edith Hamilton, German-born American classicist (d. 1963)
- 1872Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
- 1904Tamás Lossonczy, Hungarian painter (d. 2009)
- 1930George Soros Hungarian-born American financier and political activist
- 1941Dana Ivey, American actress
- 1941Réjean Ducharme, Canadian novelist and playwright
- 1947Sam Rosen, American sportscaster
- 1971Rebecca Gayheart, American actress
- 1982Iza Calzado, Filipino TV actress
- 1990Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer
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