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August 12 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 12. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 49 events. Showing 21 - 40.

  • 1944
    Nazi German troops end the week-long Wola massacre, during which time at least 40,000 people were killed indiscriminately or in mass executions.
  • 1944
    Alençon is liberated by General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
  • 1947
    United Nations Security Council Resolution 29 relating to UN membership of Yemen and Pakistan is adopted.
  • 1948
    USS Nevada is struck from the naval record.
  • 1950
    Korean War: Bloody Gulch massacre—American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army.
  • 1952
    The Night of the Murdered Poets: Thirteen prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union.
  • 1953
    Nuclear weapons testing: The Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
  • 1953
    The islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia in Greece are severely damaged by an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale.
  • 1958
    Art Kane photographs 57 notable jazz musicians in the black and white group portrait “A Great Day in Harlem” in front of a Brownstone in New York City.
  • 1960
    Echo 1A, NASA’s first successful communications satellite, is launched.
  • 1964
    South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country’s racist policies.
  • 1964
    Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1969
    Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.
  • 1976
    Between 1,000 and 3,500 Palestinians are killed in the Tel al-Zaatar massacre, one of the bloodiest events of the Lebanese Civil War
  • 1977
    The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
  • 1977
    The 1977 riots in Sri Lanka, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people, begin, less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed.
  • 1978
    The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is signed.
  • 1980
    The Montevideo Treaty, establishing the Latin American Integration Association, is signed.
  • 1981
    The IBM Personal Computer is released.
  • 1982
    Mexico announces that it is unable to pay its enormous external debt, marking the beginning of a debt crisis that spreads to all of Latin America and the Third World.

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