August 12

This Day in History

1953

Soviets Test Bomb

Less than one year after the United States tested its first hydrogen bomb, the Soviets detonate a 400-kiloton device in Kazakhstan. The explosive power was 30 times that of the U.S. atomic bomb … (more...)

1883

Last Quagga Dies

The age old conundrum of whether a zebra has white stripes on black or black stripes on white could be answered with reference to the quagga—or to use its scientific name, Equus quagga quagga—whose … (more...)

30 B.C.

Cleopatra Commits Suicide

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome. The daughter of King Ptolemy XII, Cleopatra became the lover of Julius … (more...)