August 12 Events in History - August 12 Birthdays - August 12 Deaths
2015 90-year-old Jimmy Carter, former U.S. president, announces that he has an unspecified cancer that has spread throughout his body; the cancer was discovered during a recent liver surgery
2014 705 military troops will be sent to Iraq by the U.S. to assist in planning assistance to groups affected by the advance of Islamist State militants; President Barack Obama states that the troops will not be involved in combat
2014 A home-based colon cancer screening test by Exact Sciences Corp. has received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; patients must receive a doctor's prescription in order to purchase the test
2013 The brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, dies at age 44 following complications from a skiing accident
2013 The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
2012 U.S. pastor Billy Graham is hospitalized for several days at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina due to bronchitis; he recently suffered pneumonia in November, 2011
2012 The winner of U.S. PGA Championship at Kiawah Island is Northern Ireland's professional golfer, Rory McIlroy
2011 A recent crash on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway prompts a halt in service and an inspection of all sections of the track
2011 President Obama's health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
2010 Northern Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army is accused of abduction and forced recruitment of 697 people in the past year and a half
2010 Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan
2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches
1995 Lara completes 6th Test Cricket century, 152 at Trent Bridge
1994 1st NFL game on Fox network (exhibition - San Francisco vs Denver)
1994 Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association strike
1994 Panic in church of Brazzaville: 142 killed
1994 Stephen G. Breyer, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
1993 Pope John Paul II begins visit of U.S.
1991 Creditors vote to support Greyhound Bus reorganization plan
1991 Last day in Test Cricket for Viv Richards, Dujon and Marshall
1990 12th annual Macy's Tap-o-mania
1990 72nd PGA Championship: Wayne Grady shoots a 282 at Shoal Creek Ala
1990 Cathy Gerring wins Stratton Mountain LPGA Golf Classic
1990 Iraq President Saddam Hussein says he is ready to resolve Gulf crisis if Israel withdraws from occupied territories
1988 Boston Red Sox set AL consecutive home victories at 23
1988 Movie "Last Temptation of Christ" is released
1988 Nelson Mandela is treated for tuberculosis at hospital
1988 Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home
1988 Richard Thornburgh becomes U.S. Attorney General
1987 Charles Cole climbs 870'Tyrolean Traverse from top of Elephant Rock
1986 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
1986 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
1985 7th Emmy Sports Award presentation
1985 Baltimore Orioles W Gross and L Sheets are 6th to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1985 Japanese Boeing 747SR crashes, 520 die (worst in-flight toll)
1984 23rd Olympic games close at Los Angeles, California
1984 Braves beat Padres 5-3, features 2 brawls and 19 ejections
1984 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, and Luis Aparicio inducted into Hall of Fame
1984 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
1983 General Manuel A Noriega becomes commander of Panamanian army
1982 Heavy Israeli bombardement of Beirut
1981 IBM introduces PC and PC-DOS version 1.0
1981 Jon Erikson (U.S.) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
1979 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 204 performances
1979 Iran press censors start massive book burnings
1979 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
1978 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
1978 China and Japan sign peace treaty
1977 For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
1977 High Energy Astronomy Observatory 1 launched into Earth orbit
1977 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
1976 Christian militia conquer Palestinian camp Tell al-Za'tar, 2000 killed
1974 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 and walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2
1974 Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford become 1st teammates elected to hall of fame on same day
1973 55th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 277 at Canterbury, Cleveland
1973 Betty Burfeindt wins LPGA Child and Family Service Golf Opens
1973 WPBA National Championship won by Betty Morris
1972 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 156 performances
1972 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 1316 performances
1972 Ian and Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
1972 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
1971 Syriam President Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
1970 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball
1969 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season victory, beat St. Louis 23-14
1965 Elizabeth Lane becomes 1st female British supreme court justice
1965 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applies for a NL franchise
1964 10th time Mantle switch-hits home run in a game, one goes 502 feet
1964 Mickey Mantle switch-hits home run record 10th and final time in a game
1963 Portuguese dictator Salazar firm on African colonization
1963 Stan Musial announces he will retire at end of year
1962 1st time 2 people in space
1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
1962 Russia launches Vostok 4, Pavel Popovich, who lands safely Aug 15
1960 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
1960 Echo 1, 1st communications satellite, is launched
1960 Ralph Boston of U.S., sets then long jump record at 26' 11"
1960 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 41,600 m
1959 1st ship firing of a Polaris missile, Observation Island
1959 Progressive Party under John Steytler forms in South Africa
1956 KOTI TV channel 2 in Klamath Falls, OR (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1956 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1955 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
1955 President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
1955 WPBT TV channel 2 in Miami, Florida (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Senator Eddie Yost draws his 100th walk for 5th year in a row
1953 Ann Davidson, 1st woman to sail solo across Atlantic, arrives Miami
1953 Heavy earthquake strikes Isotope islands, 435 killed
1953 Soviet Union conducts secret test of its 1st hydrogen bomb
1952 Hussain ibn Talal proclaimed King of Jordan
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
1950 New York Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
1950 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Humani generis
1949 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
1948 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
1944 Churchill and Tito meet in Naples
1944 Pipeline under ocean (Pluto) begins operating
1942 British premier Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin
1942 German 1st tank leader captures Elista, Kalmukkensteppe
1942 Lieutenant-general Montgomery arrives in Cairo
1941 French Marshal Henri Petain gave full support to Nazi Germany
1940 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircrafts
1940 Netherlands starts rationing textile
1936 120 degrees F (49 degrees C), Seymour, Texas (state record)
1936 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats U.S., 6-5
1936 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
1935 Babe Ruth's final game at Fenway Park, 41,766 on hand
1933 Cuban dictator Machado y Morales flees after military coup
1931 Yangtzee River floods after heavy rain crumbles dikes in China
1928 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
1927 "Wings," the only silent film to win an Oscar for best picture, opens
1925 KMA-AM in Shenandoah IA begins radio transmissions
1923 Dutch AR-leader Coair replaces De Geer as minister of finances
1923 Enrico Tiraboschi is 1st to swim English Channel westward
1922 Dedication of Frederick Douglas' home in Washington D.C. as national shrine
1916 Picasso, Max Jacob, Kisling, Ortiz and Paquerette photographed in Paris
1915 "Of Human Bondage," by William Somerset Maugham, published
1914 Cavalery battle at Halen, Belgium ("Battle der Zilveren Helmen")
1914 German 16.5"/12" guns fires on forts round Luik
1914 Great Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary
1914 Russian troops take East-Prussia and occupy Marggrabowa
1905 King Leopold II opens Central Station Antwerp
1901 Boer general Kritzinger driven out of Cape colony
1898 Hawaii formally annexed to U.S.
1898 Peace protocol ends Spanish-American War, signed
1896 Gold discovered at Klondike River at Dawson
1896 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
1888 Bertha, wife of inventor Karl Benz, makes 1st motor tour
1886 W G Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, vs. AuAustraliast, The Oval
1884 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
1879 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
1877 Thomas Edison invents Edisonphone, a sound recording device
1876 Madeline (U.S.) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
1867 President A Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
1863 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC area)
1862 General John Hunt Morgan and his raiders capture Gallatin, TX
1861 Skirmish at Texas-rebels are attacked by Apache Indians
1856 Anthony Fass patents accordion
1851 1st America's Cup-U.S. schooner America beats British yacht Aurora
1851 Isaac Singer patents sewing machine
1831 Dutch troops conquer Leuven
1831 Netherlands and Belgium sign peace treaty
1812 Duke of Wellington's troops enter Madrid
1759 Battle of Kunersdorf - Russian-Austrian army overpowers Prussians
1687 Charles of Lotharingen defeats Turkish leaders
1687 Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed at Battle of Mohacs
1676 1st war between American colonists and Indians ends in New England
1665 English fleet beat Dutch fleet
1658 1st U.S. police corps forms (New Amsterdam)
1588 Medemblik surrenders to Spanish army
1553 Pope Julius III orders confiscation and burning of Jewish Talmud
1549 French troops occupy Ambleteuse England
1530 Florence surrenders for emperor Karel I
1508 Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico
1336 English King Edward III endswool export to Flanders
1332 Battle of Dupplin Moor; Scottish dynastic battle
1099 Battle at Ascalon: Godfried of Broth beats Egyptians
1099 Crusaders are victorious at Battle of Ascalon
1071 Alp Arslan beat Byzantines, emperor Romanos IV Diogenes
1071 Battle at Manzikert Armenia, Venetian Byzantine brings islam to Europe
3 Venus-Jupiter in conjunction-Star of Bethlehem