August 12 in history

On August 12:

30 BC  Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, committed suicide allegedly by means of an asp bite.


1099  First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon – Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeated Fatimid forces under Al-Afdal Shahanshah.

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1121   Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder won a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.

1164  Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeated the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch.

1281  The fleet of Qubilai Khan was destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan.


1323   Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod (Russia) regulated the border for the first time.


1332   Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Dupplin Moor – Scots under Domhnall II, Earl of Mar were routed by Edward Balliol.

1480   Battle of Otranto – Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.

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1499  First engagement of the Battle of Zonchio between Venetian and Ottoman fleets.

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1676 Praying Indian John Alderman shot and killed Metacomet the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War.

1687   Charles of Lorraine defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Mohács.

1806  Santiago de Liniers re-took the city of Buenos Aires after the first British invasion.


1851  Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine.


1859 Katharine Lee Bates, American poet, was born (d. 1929).


1877   Asaph Hall discovered Deimos.


1881  Cecil B. DeMille, American film director, was born (d. 1959).

1883   The last quagga died at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.


1886  Sir Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist and newspaper owner, was born (d. 1952).


1889 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane), was born (d. 1981).


1895 Minnie Dean became the first (and only) woman to be hanged by law in New Zealand.

Minnie Dean

1898  Armistice ended the Spanish-American War.

1898  The Hawaiian flag was lowered from Iolani Palace in an elaborate annexation ceremony and replaced with the American flag to signify the transfer of sovereignty from the Republic of Hawai`i to the United States.

1911 Cantinflas, Mexican actor, was born (d. 1993).


1914 World War I– Britain declared war on Austria-Hungary.

1918  – Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross, was born (d. 1944).


 1925  Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, was born (d. 2004).

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1925   Ross McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, was born  (d. 1975).

1932 Queen Sirikit, Queen of Thailand, was born.

1943  Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge.


1944  Waffen SS troops massacred 560 people in Sant’Anna di Stazzema.


1944  Alençon was liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.


1949 Mark Knopfler, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dire Straits), was born.

1952  The Night of the Murdered Poets – thirteen most prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow.

1953  The Soviet atomic bomb project continued with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.

1953   The islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in Greece were severely damaged by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the richter.

1960  Echo I, the first communications satellite, launched.


1961  Roy Hay, British guitarist and keyboardist (Culture Club), was born.

1961 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer, was born.

1964  South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.

1964 – Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers escaped from Winson Green Prison.

1969 Violence erupted after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march resulting in a three-day communal riot – the Battle of the Bogside.

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1973 Richard Reid, British Islamist terrorist (the “Shoe Bomber”), was born.


1976  Between 1,000-3,500 Palestinians killed in the Tel al-Zaatar massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War.

1977  The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.


1977 Start of Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people – over 300 Tamils were killed.

1978   Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China was signed.

1980   Signature of the Montevideo Treaty establishing the Latin American Integration Association.

     CAN members     Mercosur members     other members
     CAN members     Mercosur members     other members

1981  The IBM Personal Computer was released.

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1982   Mexico announced it was unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spread to all of Latin America and the Third World.

1985   Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed into Osutaka ridge in Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.


1992  Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


2000  The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy exploded and sank in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.


2005  Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, was fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home.

2007  Bulk carrier M/V New Flame collided with oil tanker Torm Gertrud at the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, ending up partially submerged.

The New Flame sinking off Europa Point, 13 August 2007

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

5 Responses to August 12 in history

  1. adam2314 says:


    I appreciate and look forward to your efforts in producing your ” In History ” .

    But.. There is always a “But “. :-))

    Ooops.. Sorry. I jumped the gun.

    I went a little further down and found that you had produced the chart for

    1323 Treaty of Norteborg twice..

    Knew Lake Ladoga was in Russia and the Crusaders had never played there.

    Keep up the execellent item.

    Again, my profuse apologies..


  2. adam2314 says:



  3. homepaddock says:

    Whoops – no need for an apology, Adam, you’re right. I had copied the same picture twice – have now corrected the one with the Crusaders (though they’re fighting rather than playing).


  4. adam2314 says:

    Just another lost game by the Crusaders :-))


  5. adam2314 says:


    Now that would have to be one of the most interesting posts of all time in my thinking.


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