August 12th 30 BC: Cleopatra dies
On this day in 30 BC the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra VII, committed suicide. She famously had an affair with Roman leader Julius Caesar. After Caesar died, she had a relationship with Mark Anthony as they worked against Caesar’s successor. Anthony committed suicide after losing to Caesar’s heir at the Battle of Actium. Cleopatra followed soon after, supposedly killing herself by means of an asp bite. She remains a famous figure for her beauty and her relationships with the most powerful men in the world.