August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2019 was the 224th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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)
- 1499First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.
- 1883The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1953The islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in Greece are severely damaged by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
- 1964Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
- 1980The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
- 1985Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
- 2000The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1774Robert Southey, English poet and biographer (d. 1843)
- 1860Klara Hitler, Austrian mother of dictator Adolf Hitler (d. 1907)
- 1876Mary Roberts Rinehart, American mystery writer (d. 1958)
- 1910Jane Wyatt, American actress (d. 2006)
- 1911Cantinflas, Mexican actor (d. 1993)
- 1939Skip Caray, American TV and radio baseball announcer (Atlanta Braves) (d. 2008)
- 1941Réjean Ducharme, Canadian novelist and playwright
- 1949Rick Ridgeway, American mountaineer
- 1972Del the Funky Homosapien, American hip hop artist
- 1988Leah Pipes, American actress
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