August 12 in History
What happened on August 12 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 12 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 12 in history.
The Summer Olympics come to a close in London.
An LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sniper mortally wounds Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, at the minister’s home.
Russian Navy submarine K-141 Kursk explodes and sinks with all hands during military exercises in the Barents Sea.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is concluded between the United States, Canada and Mexico, creating the world’s wealthiest trade bloc.
Highest in-flight death toll as 520 die when Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Mount Takamagahara.
Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer.
Massive book burnings by press censors begin in Iran.
The Tel al-Zaatar massacre takes place at Palestinian refuge camp during Lebanese Civil War.
Steven Biko, leader of the black consciousness movement in South Africa, is arrested.
The space shuttle Enterprise makes its first free flight and landing.
As U.S. troops leave Vietnam, B-52’s make their largest strike of the war.
American installations at Quan-Loi, Vietnam, come under Viet Cong attack.
The erection of the Berlin Wall begins, preventing access between East and West Germany.
French Marshal Henri Philippe Petain announces full French collaboration with Nazi Germany.
President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill.
The home of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. is dedicated as a memorial.
Henry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line.
The Spanish American War officially ends after three months and 22 days of hostilities.
Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes.
After a week of heavy raiding, the Confederate cruiser Tallahassee claims six Union ships captured.
Confederate raider William Quantrill leads a massacre of 150 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas.
British commander the Duke of Wellington occupies Madrid, Spain, forcing out Joseph Bonaparte.
Black slaves on the island of Santo Domingo rise up against their white masters.
The British capture Cuba from Spain after a two month siege.
At the Battle of Mohacs, Hungary, Charles of Lorraine defeats the Turks.
At the Battle of Ascalon 1,000 Crusaders, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, route an Egyptian relief column heading for Jerusalem, which had already fallen to the Crusaders.