What Happened on May 12, 1970

Historical Events

Baseball Record

Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

  • Harry 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, Canadian 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

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs (1891-1970)

German-Swedish poet and playwright (O the Chimneys - 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? 52 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Taurus

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
  • UK #1 Song: Back Home - England World Cup Squad