August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2019 is the 224th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
- 1121Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
- 1806Santiago de Liniers re-takes the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.
- 1944Alençon is liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
- 1952The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
- 1969Violence 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.
- 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.
- 2005Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
- 2007The bulk carrier M/V New Flame collides with the oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1503King Christian III of Denmark and Norway (d. 1559)
- 1686John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
- 1831Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist (d. 1891)
- 1880Radclyffe Hall, British poet, novelist and LGBT activist (d. 1943)
- 1961Roy Hay, British guitarist and keyboardist (Culture Club)
- 1967Regilio Tuur, Dutch boxer
- 1970Charles Mesure, British actor
- 1983Manoa Vosawai, Italian rugby player
- 1985Franck Moutsinga, German rugby player
- 1990Marvin Zeegelaar, Dutch footballer
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