On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1926

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Airship Norge is the first vessel to fly over North Pole, lead by Roald Amundsen and piloted by Umberto Nobile

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad

BattleCoup d'état

General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime

Statesman and First Marshall Józef Piłsudski
Statesman and First Marshall
Józef Piłsudski
  • Hans Luther resigns for 2nd time as German Chancellor after no-confidence vote against his minority government

Famous Birthdays

  • Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95), born in Panama City, Florida
  • Mervyn Dymally, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), born in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2012)
  • Philip Springer, American composer (“Santa Baby”; "The Next Time";"The Bells Of Notre Dame"), born in New York City [1]
1926 Highlights

About May 12, 1926

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 95 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus