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August 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 12

August 12th is World Calligraphy Day and Middle Child Day.

We are now on day 224 out of 365, and only have 141 days left of the year.

Everyone who was born on August 12 shares the same zodiac sign, Leo.

This day may well have had its hardships in the past, but it was also an amazing day for space and fashion. You’re about to find out why.

Did you know that on this day in 2015, a mass grave was found at Liverpool Street station in London, England? The 30 victims were found to have died from the 1665 bubonic plague.

Keep reading for more facts about August 12th in history!

What Happened On August 12 In History?


Hong Kong International Airport was disrupted by thousands of anti-government protesters.

The airport had to cancel all departure flights.
Source CNN

The Taliban killed over 200 Afghan soldiers.

Source NY Times

A plane stolen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flew for over an hour before crashing on a wooded island.

Richard Russell who took the plane was the only person on board and died in the crash.
Source CNN

The Parker Solar Probe was launched by NASA, heading for the Sun.

Source NASA

The “Unite the Right” gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, became violent after a car smashed into protesters.

One person lost their life in the attack, and 19 more were injured. On this same day, a police helicopter was watching the protests and crashed, killing two officers.

Usain Bolt narrowly missed gold at the final race of the World Championships, which ended in tears after he injured himself.

Source NY Times

Former President Jimmy Carter had a lesion removed from his liver.

He also announced that his cancer had spread to his brain.
Source BBC

A mass grave of 30 victims of the 1665 plague was found at Liverpool Street station in London, England.

OTD in 2015: A mass grave of 30 victims of the 1665 plague was found at Liverpool Street station in London
Source UPI

Ford completed their first Model T vehicle at a Ford plant in Detroit, Michigan.


One of Mars’ moons, “Deimos,” was discovered by an American astronomer, Asaph Hall.

OTD in 1877: One of Mars' moons
It was named after the Ancient Greek god of dread and terror.
Source NASA

Thomas Edison completed his first model of a phonograph.

The phonograph was the first device that could record sound, and this was the birth of recording devices.

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

Although Singer's sewing machines made him famous, this wasn't his first-ever patent. Singer's first patent was granted in 1839, and it was for a machine to drill rock.

Following the divide of the Rhone-et-Loire department in France, the Rhone department became independent.

Due to an ongoing uprising in Lyon, it was decided that the neighboring department, Rhone-et-Loire, should be divided in two to calm the rebellion. The proposal was sent in on this day and was approved on November 9.

The war between English Colonists and Native Americans in New England ended.