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May 12 - Today in History
By Staff
May 12, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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0254 - Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope
0912 - Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45
0919 - Duke Henry of Saxon becomes king Henry I of Oostfrankische rich
1003 - Sylvester II, [Gerbert van Aurillac], first French Pope (999-1003), dies
1012 - Sergius IV, [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12), dies
1082 - Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austria
1215 - English barons serve ultimatum on king John without Country
1328 - Louis IV de Beier selects P Rainalducci as anti-Pope Nicolaas V
1382 - Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence, dies
1459 - Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur
1525 - Battle at Boblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wirttembergse farmers
1534 - Wirttemberg becomes Lutheran
1551 - San Marcos University in Lima, Peru opens
1588 - Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
1604 - Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius
1640 - Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV
1641 - Thomas Wentworth, English Viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
1641 - Prince Willem II (14) marries Engl princess Henriette Mary Stuart (9)
1689 - England and Netherlands form League of Augsburg
1695 - English king Willem III departs to Netherlands
1701 - Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
1733 - Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague
1776 - Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns
1777 - First ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
1780 - British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina
1780 - Charleston, South Carolina falls to British (Revolutionary War)
1789 - Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses
1792 - Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
1814 - Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Declaration of Ind), dies at 83
1835 - Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile
1849 - Willem Alexander PFL crowned king Willem III in Amsterdam
1862 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana
1863 - Battle of Raymond, Miss
1864 - J E B Stuart, Confederate General, dies at 31
1864 - Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)
1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Todd's Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid)
1864 - Butler attacks Drewry's Bluff on James River
1864 - US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigade-general
1865 - Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
1870 - Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
1871 - Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky
1874 - US Assay Office in Helena, Montana authorized
1875 - First recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
1877 - Ottawa Rough Riders first outside competition vs Britannia
1881 - France sign treaty of protection with Tunisia colony
1881 - Treaty of Bardo, Tunis becomes a French protectorate
1885 - Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebel against Canada
1888 - Crouching start first used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
1890 - Louisiana legalized prize fighting
1891 - Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Surinam
1897 - 1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands
1897 - Battle at Thessalia: Turkish army beats Greece
1898 - Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters
1900 - Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
1900 - Lord Roberts' troops occupies Crown city
1901 - President McKinley visits San Francisco
1908 - Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield
1909 - 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
1910 - 2nd NAACP conference (NYC)
1910 - Phil A's Chief Bender no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0
1913 - Harry Green runs world record marathon (2:38:16.2)
1915 - Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
1915 - Franklin K Mathiews, presents idea of "Book Week"
1917 - 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
1917 - 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
1919 - Yanks and Senators play 2nd straight extra inning tie, 4-4 in 15
1921 - National Hospital Day first observed
1923 - 49th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6
1924 - 50th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2
1924 - 7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind
1925 - Uzbekistan and Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics
1925 - Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament
1926 - Airship Norge is first vessel to fly over North Pole
1926 - British general strike ends
1926 - Dmitri Sjostakovitch's first Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
1926 - Gen Pilsudski sets coup on premier Witos compared
1926 - Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
1928 - Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy
1928 - Opium laws enforced
1929 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
1930 - Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)
1932 - Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell New Jersey
1932 - Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, first appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney
1933 - Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy and farmers
1934 - "Cocktails For Two," by Duke Ellington hits #1
1934 - 60th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
1937 - George VI crowned King of England
1937 - St Louis Cards beat Phila Phillies, 15-3
1938 - Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
1940 - French mariners occupy St Maarten
1940 - German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
1940 - Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
1941 - Great British convoy marches into Alexandria
1942 - 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz
1942 - David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine
1942 - Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
1942 - Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943
1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrender
1943 - British premier Winston Churchill arrives in US
1943 - German troops in Tunisia North Africa surrender
1944 - 900+ 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen and Br�x
1944 - Krim purged of nazi troops
1944 - Secret Police arrest Gerrit Van de Peat
1948 - Queen Wilhelmina resigns
1949 - First foreign woman ambassador received in US (S V L Pandit India)
1949 - West begins Berlin Airlift to get supplies around Soviet blockade
1951 - First H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
1952 - Charlton Playground named in Bronx
1953 - KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 - Chicago Cub Sam Jones is first black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)
1956 - Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0
1956 - East Pakistan struck by cyclone and tidal waves
1957 - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open
1958 - "Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo and The Dont's hits #40
1958 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1959 - Liz Taylor's 4th marriage (Eddie Fisher)
1960 - Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
1961 - Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
1962 - Grevelingendam closes
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
1963 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
1963 - Race riot in Birmingham Alabama
1964 - Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
1965 - Israel and West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations
1966 - St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
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, DC
1968 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
1969 - Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
1970 - Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run
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
1971 - Rolling Stone Mick Jagger weds Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall
1972 - Milwaukee Brewers beat Minn Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
1972 - Paul McCartney and Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
1973 - 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3
1973 - Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
1974 - 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
1974 - Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
1975 - US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
1976 - Bayern Munich wins 21st Europe Cup 1
1977 - First quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
1977 - Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation
1978 - Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
1979 - Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end
1980 - First nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson and son Chris)
1982 - FC Barcelona wins 22nd Europe Cup II
1982 - Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich)
1982 - US Football League forms
1982 - In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II
1983 - Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
1983 - Oilers 3-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1984 - Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D
1984 - France performs nuclear test
1984 - Joe Lucius scored his 13th hole-in-one on same hole
1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for first time in 22 years
1984 - White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
1984 - World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
1985 - Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as first woman Conservative rabbi
1985 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1986 - Bicycle is pedaled 65 mph
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator
1986 - Fred Markham (US), unpaced and unaided by wind, is first to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California
1989 - "Entertainment Tonight" performs their 2,000th TV performance
1989 - Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired
1989 - Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
1990 - 3rd time Saturday Night Live uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts)
1990 - Comic Relief '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million
1990 - Nora Dunn and Sinead O'Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting
1991 - Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Crestar-Fresh Farm Golf Classic
1991 - A new cancer drug is announced, which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest
1992 - First Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest
1993 - Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS
1993 - Last broadcast of "Cheers" on NBC-TV
1993 - Parma wins 33rd Europe Cup II
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 first of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves
1995 - Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4
1996 - 42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies
1996 - Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8
1997 - 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea
1997 - Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox
1997 - Russia and Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict 1997 - Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is first to swim from Cuba to Florida
1997 - Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
2002 - Jimmy Carter became the first present or former U.S. president to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959
2003 - Suicide bombers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 26 people, including nine U.S. citizens
2003 - Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers brought the Texas House to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan

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