Phantis:Selected anniversaries/August 12
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- 30 BC: Cleopatra VII, last of the Hellenistic Ptolemaic dynasty to rule Egypt, committed suicide by having an asp bite her.
- 1906: Prince George resigned as High Commissioner of Crete.
- 1932: Archaeologists discovered many important finds in the area of the Ancient Agora of Athens.
- 1953: A major earthquake (7.2 on the Richter scale) destroyed much of Kefallonia and the surrounding areas.
- Births: Pete Sampras (1971), Greek-American tennis player; Stefanos Tsitsipas (1998), tennis player
- Deaths: Cleopatra VII, Hellenistic ruler of Egypt