On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 2020

Historical Events

  • Europe fights a new COVID-19 surge with Germany, France and Spain posting their largest daily infection totals for three months
  • UK posts its worst quarterly economic slump on record, -20.4% (Apr-Jun), pushing it into the largest recession worldwide
  • Yemen authorities say at least 172 people died in floods caused by torrential rains, which have also destroyed historic buildings in Sanaa, a Unesco World Heritage Site

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), dies from kidney failure and pneumonia at 92
  • Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), dies at 89
  • Howard Mudd, American football OL (Pro Bowl 1966–68; All-Pro 1967-68; SF 49ers, Chicago Bears) and coach (Super Bowl 2006; OL Indianapolis Colts), dies after a motorcycle accident at 78
  • Marvin Creamer, American mariner, 1st recorded person to sail around the world without navigational instruments, dies at 104
  • Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), dies at 93
  • Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
2020 Highlights

About August 12, 2020

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 1 month and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo