On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 2008

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


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

Famous Deaths

  • Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81