What Happened on August 12

Significant Events

  • 1121 Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King David the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi
  • 1480 Battle of Otranto - Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam
  • 1851 American inventor Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine
  • 1908 Henry Ford's company builds the first Model T car
  • 1981 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
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August 12 in Film & TV

  • 1927 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)

August 12 in Music

August 12 in Sport

  • 1851 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight

Did You Know?

The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.

On August 12, 1883


Would You Believe?

Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties

On August 12, 1869

Famous Weddings

  • 1806 Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee
  • 1940 PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes
  • 1941 "I Love Lucy" actress Vivan Vance (32) weds actor Philip Ober (39)

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 Rock singer John Mellencamp (59) divorces model Elaine Irwin (41) after 18 years of marriage
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