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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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)
  • 1949 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England
  • 1956 Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

Famous Divorces

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