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Flashback: 12th of August

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'Criminal Minds' star, Thomas Gibson, is fired from the show

Gibson was suspended after appearing in two episodes of the twelfth season of Criminal Minds, following an on-set altercation with a writer-producer; he apologized for the confrontation in a statement. Gibson had a prior altercation with an assistant director and underwent anger-management counseling.

London's Olympics end with a spectacular closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics was held on 12โ€“13 August in the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony was created by Kim Gavin, Es Devlin, Stephen Daldry, David Arnold and Mark Fisher. An average of 23.2 million viewers in the United Kingdom watched the event, with an estimated 750 million worldwide.

'Avatar' closes with the highest inflation-adjusted US box office

On a worldwide basis, when Avatar's gross stood at $2 billion just 35 days into its run, The Daily Telegraph estimated its gross was surpassed by only Gone with the Wind, Titanic and Star Wars after adjusting for inflation to 2010 prices, with Avatar ultimately winding up with $2.8 billion by the end of its run in 2010.

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