On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1938

Historical Events

Music History

Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake) premieres in Basel, Switzerland

  • Sandoz Labs begins manufacturing LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer and dissident (Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1980)
  • Millie Perkins, American actress (Diary of Anne Frank, Table for 5, Shooting), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Susan Hampshire, English actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
1938 Highlights

About May 12, 1938

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 6 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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