Historical Events on 12th May

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254 - Stephan I replaces 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
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
The Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval LatinThe Magna Carta, written in iron gall ink on parchment in medieval Latin

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
Abolitionist William WilberforceAbolitionist William Wilberforce 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
1792 - Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
1797 - First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
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
1835 - Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile
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
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 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
1885 - The Battle of Batoche concludes. Louis Riel and and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel
Politician Louis RielPolitician 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
1902 - Some 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, let alone negotiate or submit to arbitration; Roosevelt later threatens to have the army run the mine
Playwright George Bernard ShawPlaywright George Bernard Shaw 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
Golfer Walter HagenGolfer Walter Hagen 1924 - 7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind
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 - British general strike ends, but mine workers stay on strike
1928 - Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy
1928 - Opium laws enforced
1929 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
1930 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)
Aviator Charles LindberghAviator Charles Lindbergh 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
1934 - "Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1
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 mariners occupy St Maarten
1940 - German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
1940 - Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
Jazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke EllingtonJazz-orchestra leader, Composer, Pianist Duke Ellington 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
1942 - David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine
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
1943 - British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA
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
1949 - 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)
Indian Politician and Diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi PanditIndian 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
1959 - "Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances
1960 - Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
1961 - Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1962 - Grevelingen dam closes
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"
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
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 1968 - WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting
1969 - Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
1970 - Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run
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)
1972 - Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
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
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 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
1979 - Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end
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 perfs
1981 - Isles tie own rec with 2 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
Tennis Legend Chris EvertTennis Legend Chris Evert 1982 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
1982 - US Football League forms
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
1983 - Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
1983 - Oilers 3-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
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
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
1984 - White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela 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
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator
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 Brit 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
1990 - Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott "Saturday Night Live" to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting
1990 - NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'ConnorSinger-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor 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
1994 - "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson debuts at the Cannes Film Festival
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
1995 - Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4
NHL Goalie Martin BrodeurNHL 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 perfs
1996 - 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by 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

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