August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2023 is the 224th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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)
- 30 BCCleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.
- 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.
- 1323Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia), that regulates the border between the two countries for the first time.
- 1831French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
- 1914World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit.
- 1977The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
- 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.
- 1985Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
- 1992Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
- 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?
- 1566Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain (d. 1633)
- 1629Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
- 1880Radclyffe Hall, British poet, novelist and LGBT activist (d. 1943)
- 1887Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
- 1910Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (d. 1970)
- 1931William Goldman, American screenwriter
- 1958Jürgen Dehmel, German bass player and songwriter (Nena)
- 1960Greg Thomas, England cricketer
- 1972Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
- 1980Dominique Swain, American actress
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