Historical Events on May 12

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  • 254 Stephan I succeeds Lucius I as Catholic Pope
  • 919 Duke Henry of Saxony becomes King Henry I of Oostfrankischreich
  • 1082 Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austr

AgreementMagna Carta

1215 English barons serve ultimatum on King John; leads to Magna Carta

  • 1328 Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and assembly of priests select P Rainalducci as anti-Pope Nicolaas V
  • 1328 Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
  • 1459 Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur
  • 1525 Battle at Biblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wurttemberg farmers
  • 1534 German Duchy of Wurttemberg becomes Lutheran under Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg
  • 1551 San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens
  • 1588 Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
  • 1604 Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius
  • 1640 Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV
  • 1689 England & Netherlands form League of Augsburg
  • 1695 English king William III departs to Netherlands
  • 1701 Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
  • 1733 Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague
  • 1776 Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns
  • 1777 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
  • 1780 British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
  • 1789 Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses

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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

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
  • 1792 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1797 First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1821 The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
  • 1832 Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan

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1835 Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1849 Willem Alexander PFL crowned king Willem III in Amsterdam
  • 1862 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1863 Battle of Raymond, Miss
  • 1864 US Civil war: Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)
  • 1864 US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
  • 1864 Battle of Todd's Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid), cavalry battle during US Civil War
  • 1864 US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier general
  • 1865 Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
  • 1870 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
  • 1871 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky
  • 1873 Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden.
  • 1874 US Assay Office in Helena, Montana, authorized
  • 1875 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • 1877 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
  • 1881 Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1885 Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

Politician Louis Riel
Louis Riel
  • 1888 Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
  • 1890 Louisiana legalized prize fighting
  • 1890 The first-ever official cricket County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scores the first century in the competition.
  • 1891 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1894 Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC
  • 1897 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands
  • 1897 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
  • 1898 Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
  • 1900 Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
  • 1900 Lord Roberts' troops occupy Crown city
  • 1901 US President McKinley visits San Francisco

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1902 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, negotiate or submit to arbitration

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

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1908 George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

  • 1908 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
  • 1909 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • 1910 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)
  • 1910 Phil A's Chief Bender no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0
  • 1911 American economic expert W Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia
  • 1911 1st Inter-Empire Championships open in London
  • 1913 Harry Green runs world record marathon (2:38:16.2)
  • 1915 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
  • 1915 Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week"
  • 1916 James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin
  • 1917 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
  • 1917 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
  • 1919 Yanks & Senators play 2nd straight extra inning tie, 4-4 in 15
  • 1919 The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act; in the Act, Transvaal Indians are prohibited from owning shares in limited companies
  • 1921 National Hospital Day 1st observed
  • 1923 48th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6
  • 1924 49th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2

Sport awardGolf Major

1924 7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1925 Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics
  • 1925 Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament
  • 1926 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
  • 1926 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad
  • 1926 General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime
  • 1926 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
  • 1926 Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government
  • 1926 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike

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1928 Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1928 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • 1929 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
  • 1930 Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)

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1932 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ

  • 1933 Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers

Music release#1 in the Charts

1934 "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1934 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
  • 1936 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London
  • 1937 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3
  • 1937 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1938 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
  • 1940 French marines occupy St Maarten
  • 1940 German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
  • 1940 Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
  • 1941 British forces march into Alexandria
  • 1941 Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
  • 1942 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz

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1942 David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1942 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
  • 1942 Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943
  • 1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender

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1943 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943 German troops in Tunisia North Africa surrender
  • 1944 900+ 8th US Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen & Brux
  • 1944 Crimea purged of Nazi troops
  • 1944 Secret Police arrest Gerrit Van de Peat
  • 1948 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates

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1949 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Indian Politician and Diplomat
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • 1950 Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris
  • 1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
  • 1952 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
  • 1952 Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • 1953 KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting
  • 1955 Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)
  • 1956 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0
  • 1956 East Pakistan struck by cyclone & tidal waves
  • 1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open
  • 1958 "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak

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1959 "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

Author Henry Miller
Henry Miller

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1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1961 Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
  • 1962 Grevelingen dam closes
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

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1963 Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • 1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
  • 1963 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • 1965 Israel & West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations
  • 1966 St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
  • 1967 H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student
  • 1967 Provo disbands in Neth Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • 1967 20th Cannes Film Festival: "Blowup" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1968 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • 1968 WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting
  • 1969 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1970 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • 1970 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1970 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)

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1972 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 1973 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3
  • 1973 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
  • 1974 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 1974 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 1975 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • 1976 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • 1977 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
  • 1977 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation
  • 1978 US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female

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1979 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1980 1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris)
  • 1980 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.
  • 1981 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 performances
  • 1981 NY Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn
  • 1982 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • 1982 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
  • 1982 US Football League forms

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1982 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish Traditionalist priest who opposed Vatican II reforms and saw Pope John Paul II as a perpetrator of them, is stopped prior to his attempt to attack the Pope with a bayonet

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1983 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
  • 1984 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • 1984 France performs nuclear test
  • 1984 Joe Lucius scored his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

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1984 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1984 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
  • 1984 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • 1985 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
  • 1985 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

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1986 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, Calif
  • 1988 "Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1989 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance
  • 1989 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • 1989 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • 1990 3rd time "Saturday Night Live" uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)
  • 1990 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million

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1990 Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor
  • 1990 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1991 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Crestar-Fresh Farm Golf Classic
  • 1991 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest
  • 1992 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
  • 1993 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands
  • 1993 Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS
  • 1993 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London
  • 1994 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
Actor Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • 1995 Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59)
  • 1995 Jose Mesa gets 1st of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1995 Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1996 "Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1996 "Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

1996 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8
  • 1997 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea