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On this day in history - August 12

What Happened On This Day – August 12

  • 1990 The largest dinosaur fossil is found

    American palaeontologist Sue Hendrickson found the fossilised remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in the state of South Dakota. Sue, as the dinosaur are now informally called after its discoverer, is thought to have been 14 feet tall when alive.

  • 1981 The IBM Personal Computer is stocked in stores for the first time

    Known as the IBM PC or the IBM 5150, the computer had no disk drives and sold for about $1500.

  • 1976 About 3000 refugees are killed during a massacre at a Palestinian refugee camp

    The UN-run Tel al-Zaatar Palestinian refugee camp in the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon had been sieged by members of a right-wing extremist group called the Phalange during the Lebanese civil war.

  • 1883 The last quagga dies in captivity at the Natura Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam

    A native of South Africa, quaggas were a kind of zebra that had stripes only in the front part of their bodies. They were driven into extinction through human activity and excessive hunting for their skin and meat.

  • 1877 Mars' moon Deimos is discovered by American astronomer Asaph Hall

    The discovery took place at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Deimos is one of two natural satellites of Mars. The other moon, Phobos was also discovered by Hall and is the bigger satellite of the two. Phobos is also closer to Mars than Deimos is.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
August 12

  • 1990 Mario Balotelli

    Italian footballer

  • 1983 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Dutch footballer

  • 1949 Mark Knopfler

    English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, composer

  • 1930 George Soros

    Hungarian/American businessman, financier, philanthropist

  • 1924 Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

    Pakistani politician, 6th President of Pakistan

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Deaths On This Day,
August 12

  • 1992 John Cage

    American composer

  • 1982 Henry Fonda

    American actor, singer, producer

  • 1964 Ian Fleming

    English journalist, author

  • 1900 Wilhelm Steinitz

    Austrian/American chess player

  • 1827 William Blake

    English poet, painter