- 1851 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
The last quagga (zebra subspecies) dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.
On August 12, 1883
Self-proclaimed Emperor Joshua Abraham Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties
On August 12, 1869
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