On This Day

On This Day in History for May 12 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1962 Grevelingen dam closes
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 Manlio Brosio chosen as secretary-general of NATO
  • 1965 Israel & West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations
  • 1967 H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student
  • 1967 Provo disbands in Neth Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • 1968 "March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
  • 1970 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
  • 1970 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • 1970 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
  • 1978 US Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • 1980 1st non-stop trans-North American balloon flight lands at Sainte-Félicité, Quebec. Maxie Anderson and son Kristian piloted the Kitty Hawk for five days.
  • 1982 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)

  • 1982 US Football League forms

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1982 In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish Traditionalist priest who opposed Vatican II reforms and saw Pope John Paul II as a perpetrator of them, is stopped prior to his attempt to attack the Pope with a bayonet

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1984 Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
  • 1984 France performs nuclear test
  • 1984 Joe Lucius scores his 13th hole-in-one on same hole

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1984 South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1984 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
  • 1985 Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi

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1986 President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1986 Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California
  • 1989 Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
  • 1989 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
  • 1990 Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
  • 1991 A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest
  • 1992 1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
  • 1994 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan
  • 1995 Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59)
  • 1995 Jose Mesa gets 1st of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves
  • 1997 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
  • 1997 Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict

  • 1997 Australian Susie Maroney becomes first to swim from Cuba to Florida
  • 1997 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
  • 1999 Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.

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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.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 2003 The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26
  • 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
  • 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


2013 Pope Francis canonizes the 813 martyrs of Otranto as Saints

  • 2013 Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title
  • 2014 Voters in Eastern Ukraine vote for self-rule in referendum
  • 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
  • 2018 Insurgent group attacks the town of Muse, Myanmar, killing at least 19 people, Ta’ang National Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • 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

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 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

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

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 2020 Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, draws up plans to test all 11 million residents after it records a new cluster of 6 cases

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