On This Day

Historical Events on May 12 (Part 2)

  • 2003 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, 26 killed
  • 2003 Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan
  • 2006 A major rebellion occurs in São Paulo as members of criminal organization Primeiro Comando da Capital attack police officers and stations, eventually escalating to several prisons in Brazil leaving around 130 dead
  • 2007 Riots in Karachi, Pakistan are started by the arrival at Karachi's airport of independently minded Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and go on to kill 48 people
  • 2007 52nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marija Serifovic wins singing "Molitva" in Helsinki
  • 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
  • 2010 An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board
  • 2012 The discovery of a missing Mayan calendar piece disproves 2012 Armageddon

Canonization

2013 Pope Francis canonizes the 813 martyrs of Otranto as Saints

  • 2013 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title
  • 2013 59th British Academy Television Awards: "The Revolution Will Be Televised" Best Comedy, "Last Tango in Halifax" Best Drama

PGA Players Championship

2013 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins his second PC, 2 strokes ahead of David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman

  • 2014 Voters in Eastern Ukraine vote for self-rule in referendum

Historic Event

2016 Michel Temer, former vice-president, becomes Brazilian interim President after a vote to impeach Dilma Rousseff

  • 2017 Brazil declares end to Zika national emergency as cases decrease

Album Release

2017 Former One Direction singer Harry Styles releases his self-titled debut solo album

  • 2018 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2018 Insurgent group attacks the town of Muse, Myanmar, killing at least 19 people, Ta’ang National Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • 2019 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1 run; Jasprit Bumrah 2/14 (4); Indians' 4th title
  • 2019 Manchester City beats Brighton, 4-1 to claim back-to-back English Premier League titles with 98 points, 1 ahead of runners-up, Liverpool

BAFTA Awards

2019 British TV Awards (Baftas): "Killing Eve" Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch win

  • 2019 Gunman kill five people and a priest in a Catholic church in Dablo, Burkina Faso, before setting fire to and looting nearby buildings
  • 2019 Cuba announced more rationing of products such as rice and beans due to US trade embargo and hoarding

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 Russia's confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown

  • 2020 Militants storm a hospital and a funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan, shooting an estimated 40 people dead including new mothers and their babies
  • 2020 US coronavirus task force testifies to the Senate that the US "is not out of the woods yet" that the pandemic is not under control and risks surge in cases if reopens too soon

Historic Event

2020 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces a $260 million economic rescue package, worth 10% of GDP

  • 2020 Wuhan, epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, draws up plans to test all 11 million residents after it records a new cluster of 6 cases

Election of Interest

2021 US Republicans vote to demote their No.3 Liz Cheney from party leadership after she publicly rebuked Donald Trump for lies about the election