August 12: Day of the Week
August 12, 2020 was the 225th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 141 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was 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)
- 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.
- 1121Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.
- 1687Battle of Mohács: Charles of Lorraine defeats the Ottomans.
- 1806Santiago de Liniers re-takes the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.
- 1831French intervention forces William I of the Netherlands to abandon his attempt to suppress the Belgian Revolution.
- 1960Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
- 1964South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
- 1976Between 1,000 and 3,500 Palestinians are killed in the Tel al-Zaatar massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War
- 1977The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
- 1992Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Who were born on August 12?
- 1891C. E. M. Joad, English philosopher and broadcaster (d. 1953)
- 1911Cantinflas, Mexican actor (d. 1993)
- 1926Wallace Markfield, American writer (d. 2002)
- 1930Jacques Tits, Belgian mathematician
- 1954Ibolya Dávid, Hungarian lawyer and politician
- 1972Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
- 1973Joseba Beloki, Spanish cyclist
- 1982Iza Calzado, Filipino TV actress
- 1983Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dutch footballer
- 1983Manoa Vosawai, Italian rugby player
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