What Happened on May 12

Historical Events

  • 1789 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
  • 1875 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • 1940 Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
  • 1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender
  • 2002 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 2008 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

On May 12, 1941

Famous Weddings

  • 1191 Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre.
  • 1641 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)
  • 1763 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)
  • 1956 NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner (25) weds Elizabeth Joan Zieg
  • 1959 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 Model and actress Ali Landry divorces (30) "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to infidelity only less than 2 weeks after getting married
More Weddings & Divorces