August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2017 was the 224th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1121Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
- 1676Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.
- 1831French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
- 1851Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
- 1877Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.
- 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.
- 1914World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
- 1960Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
- 1977The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
- 1980The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1831Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist (d. 1891)
- 1883Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)
- 1904Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia, only son of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia (d. 1918)
- 1915Sickan Carlsson, Swedish actress and singer (d. 2011)
- 1923John Holt, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (d. 1997)
- 1926John Derek, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1970Charles Mesure, British actor
- 1971Pete Sampras, American tennis player
- 1979D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
- 1983Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
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