On This Day

What Happened on May 12

Important Events

  • 1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender
  • 2002 Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
  • 2008 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
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May 12 in Film & TV

May 12 in Music

  • 1967 "Are You Experienced" album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released - one of the most influential debut albums ever

Did You Know?

Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin

On May 12, 1941

Would You Believe?

Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale

On May 12, 1888

Famous Weddings

  • 1191 Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre in Cyprus
  • 1641 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)
  • 1763 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 Model-actress Ali Landry (30) files for an annulment to her marriage to "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to infidelity, less than 2 weeks after getting married
  • 2016 Actress Billie Piper and fellow actor Laurence Fox divorce after 8 years of marriage
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