On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 1970

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Andreas Hestler, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Jim Furyk, American golfer (US Open 2003; 17 PGA Tour titles; first to shoot 58 2016), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Mike Weir, Canadian golfer (US Masters 2003), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Samantha Mathis, American actress (American Psycho, Billions), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Stevie Anderson, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Todd Hallett, Canadian rower (Olympics-7-92, 96), born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Famous Deaths


Person of interestNelly Sachs

leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German Swedish poet and playwright (Nobel prize for Literature 1966), dies at 78

  • Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
1970 Highlights

About May 12, 1970

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 2 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Taurus