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.
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.
- 1676Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.
- 1851Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.
- 1898An Armistice ends the Spanish-American War.
- 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.
- 1964Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.
- 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.
- 2005Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.
Who were born on August 12?
- 1629Tsar Alexei I of Russia (d. 1676)
- 1774Robert Southey, English poet and biographer (d. 1843)
- 1919Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (d. 1971)
- 1928Charles Blackman, Australian artist
- 1960Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (d. 2010)
- 1961Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
- 1973Todd Marchant, American ice hockey player
- 1977Plaxico Burress, American football player
- 1978Chris Chambers, American football player
- 1983Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
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