On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 2016

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Sports record brokenWorld Record

American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky
  • Cannes becomes first French resort to ban the burkini
  • Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99
  • Italian jockey Frankie Dettori aboard Predilection rides his 3,000th British winner at Newmarket

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)

Famous Weddings

  • Singer-songwriter Ray J (35) weds Princess Love at the Vibiana in Los Angeles