On This Day

What Happened on May 12, 2008

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Wenchuan earthquake, measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 87,000, injuring 374,643 and leaving homeless between 4.8 million and 11 million people

Famous Deaths

  • Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)