August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2018 was the 224th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 1323Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia), that regulates the border between the two countries for the first time.
- 1480Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
- 1687Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottomans.
- 1793The Rhône and Loire (Lêre) départments are created when the former département of Rhône-et-Loire is split into two.
- 1851Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
- 1883The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
- 1952The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.
- 1964Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
- 1964South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
- 1985Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1859Katharine Lee Bates, American poet (d. 1929)
- 1902Mohammad Hatta, first Vice President of Indonesia (d. 1980)
- 1923John Holt, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (d. 1997)
- 1949Rick Ridgeway, American mountaineer
- 1972Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
- 1976Richard McCourt, English children’s television presenter
- 1979Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
- 1979D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
- 1989Tom Cleverley, English footballer
- 1990Enzo Pineda, Filipino television actor
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