What Happened on August 12, 2008

Historical Events

World Record

American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 3rd of 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics when he takes the 200m freestyle in world record 1:42.96

  • American swimmer Natalie Coughlin becomes the first to successfully defend the gold medal in the women's 100 m backstroke when she wins event at the Beijing Olympics

Olympic Games

An American 1-2 in the 100m backstroke at the Beijing Olympics with Aaron Peirsol swimming a world record 52.54 to beat teammate Matt Grevers

  • Ceasefire negotiated in Russo-Georgian War after 5 days
2008 History

Famous Deaths

  • (June) "Christie" Allen, British-Australian pop singer (Goosebumps), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81

About August 12, 2008

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 14 years, 7 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo

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