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Wednesday August 12, 2020

August 12: Day of the Week

August 12, 2020 is the 225th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 30 BC
    Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.
  • 1676
    Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.
  • 1851
    Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  • 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.
  • 1953
    Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1964
    Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
  • 1982
    Mexico 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.
  • 2005
    Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.

Who were born on August 12?

  • 1629
    Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
  • 1774
    Robert Southey, English poet and biographer (d. 1843)
  • 1919
    Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (d. 1971)
  • 1928
    Charles Blackman, Australian artist
  • 1960
    Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (d. 2010)
  • 1961
    Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1973
    Todd Marchant, American ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Plaxico Burress, American football player
  • 1978
    Chris Chambers, American football player
  • 1983
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer

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