The wheel of the world must continually turn over, and certain moments in time are lost in that forward motion, forgotten to posterity. Though we can’t take you back through every August 12th since the dawn of man, we can offer some insight into the most significant, often history-making events of this date throughout time.
Famous Events on This Day in History
On August 12, 1908, Henry Ford’s company built the first Model T car, totally revolutionizing transportation. The Model T was one of the first cars mass produced and sold at a reasonable price, and therefore one of the first cars that was available to the average individual. Though the Model T stopped production in 1928, it is subconsciously celebrated everyday when so many drive their personal cars that wouldn’t exist at all without the Model T to blaze the trail.
Other important historical events on August 12th include:
- Mars’ moon, Deimos, was discovered in Washington D.C. at the United States Naval Observatory by Asaph Hall in 1877. Hall, an American astronomer, discovered both of Mars’ moons during his career.
- Similar to the revolutionary nature of the Model T was IBM’s Personal Computer being stocked in stores for the first time on this day in 1981. This brought a futuristic concept within reach of consumers for the price of $1,500.
- In 1990 on this day, Susan Hendrickson found the largest dinosaur fossil in history when she uncovered the remains of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in South Dakota. The T-Rex is thought to have been around 14 feet tall while alive, and was named Sue in Hendricks’ honor.
Famous Birthdays on August 12th
1904: Alexei Nikolaevich
On this day that age, the last Tsarevich of Russia was born. Alexei would have succeeded his father as Tsar and continued the centuries-old Romanov dynasty had a revolution not transpired in Russia in 1917. Unfortunately, Alexei suffered from hemophilia, for which there was no treatment at the time. The Tsar and Tsarina chose to hide their son’s condition and turn to the “mad monk” Rasputin for treatment. Alexei, along with the rest of his family, faced an untimely demise at the hands of radical revolutionaries in 1918.
1930: George Soros
George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 on this day in history, and therefore lived through the turbulent Nazi occupation in his teens. Soros emigrated to the United States at 26 and began a career in finance, where he eventually amassed the lavish fortune for which he is known. Now, Soros is an internationally known investor and philanthropist, having both founded organizations and given away more than $30 billion of his personal fortune.
1990: Mario Balotelli
The young Gahnaian-Itallian footballer was born on this day in Palermo, and was identified as a future football standout from a young age. Balotelli’s quirky personality has earned him a large fan base—even those outside of the club for which he currently plays. Following his contract expiration, the Italian striker became a free agent in the summer of 2019, drawing a great deal of interest from many clubs.
Though there are many, many iterations of August 12th that still lie ahead, it’s important to look back on this day in history and appreciate how far we have come. Glorious triumphs, crushing defeats, and plenty of events that shaped history have transpired on this day during a different age. The best judge of the future is the past, so remember to treat every August 12th like history in the making.