History of 12 May

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History of 12 May

1926 – The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

1926 – In Britain, a general strike by trade unions ended. The strike began on May 3, 1926.

1937 – Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1940 – The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Meuse River.

1942 – The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine from the German army.

1943 – The Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.

1949 – The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

1950 – The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.

1957 – A.J. Foyt won his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, MO.

1965 – West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.

1970 – Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs, hit his 500th home run.

1975 – U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces in international waters.

1978 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.

1982 – South Africa unveiled a plan that would give voting rights to citizens of Asian and mixed-race descent, but not to blacks.

1984 – South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.

1999 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin as his successor.

2002 – Former U.S. President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state, in or out of office, had gone to the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

2003 – In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican’s over a congressional redistricting plan.

2008 – In the U.S., the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents.

2015 – A train derailment in Philadelphia kills eight people and injures more than 200.

2015 – Massive Nepal earthquake kills 218 people and injures more than 3500.

2017 – A ransomware attack attacks over 400 thousand computers worldwide, targeting computers of the United Kingdom’s National Health Services and Telefónica computers.

2018 – 2018 Paris knife attack – A man was fatally shot by police in Paris after killing 1 and injuring several others.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Rami Malek, American actor
  • 1981 – Kentaro Sato, Japanese-American composer, and conductor
  • 1981 – Dennis Trillo, Filipino actor, and singer
  • 1982 – Donnie Nietes, Filipino boxer
  • 1982 – Rhian Wilkinson, Canadian soccer player
  • 1983 – Domhnall Gleeson, Irish actor
  • 1983 – Alina Kabaeva, a Russian gymnast and politician
  • 1983 – Yujiro Kushida, Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist
  • 1983 – Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
  • 1983 – Virginie Razzano, a French tennis player
  • 1983 – Francisco Javier Torres, Mexican footballer
  • 1984 – Clare Bowen, Australian actress, and singer
  • 1985 – Paolo Goltz, the Argentinian footballer
  • 1985 – Andrew Howe, Italian long jumper and sprinter
  • 1985 – Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
  • 1986 – Jonathan Orozco, Mexican footballer
  • 1986 – Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
  • 1987 – Alex Gough, Canadian luger
  • 1987 – Kieron Pollard, Trinidadian cricketer
  • 1988 – Marcelo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 – Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Greek Cypriot singer, musician, and actress
  • 1990 – Florent Amodio, French figure skater
  • 1990 – Tobias Strobl, German footballer
  • 1992 – Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
  • 1995 – Luke Benward, American actor, and singer
  • 1995 – Kenton Duty, American actor
  • 1995 – Irina Khromacheva, a Russian tennis player
  • 1997 – Morgan Lake, English athlete
  • 1997 – Odeya Rush, Israeli actress
  • 1998 – Mohamed Bamba, American professional basketball player

 

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