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May 12th, 2008 (May 12 2008)Event2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 60,000 people
May 12th, 2006 (May 12 2006)EventJustin Gatlin equals the 100 metres sprint world record with a time of 9.77 seconds in Doha, Qatar.
May 12th, 2003 (May 12 2003)EventThe Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26.
May 12th, 2003 (May 12 2003)EventFifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
May 12th, 2002 (May 12 2002)EventFormer 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.Jimmy Carter Quotes
May 12th, 1999 (May 12 1999)EventDavid Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament.
May 12th, 1994 (May 12 1994)EventUnited Kingdom opposition leader John Smith dies in a London hospital after two serious heart attacks.
May 12th, 1982 (May 12 1982)EventDuring a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan Fernandez Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, believed that the Pope had to be killed for being an "agent of Moscow".
May 12th, 1981 (May 12 1981)EventFrancis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a republican campaign for political status to be granted to IRA prisoners.Ted Hughes Quotes
May 12th, 1980 (May 12 1980)EventWest Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.
May 12th, 1978 (May 12 1978)EventIn Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba. The local government asks the U.S., France and Belgium to restore order.
May 12th, 1975 (May 12 1975)EventMayaguez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
May 12th, 1967 (May 12 1967)EventAt Queen Elizabeth Hall, England, Pink Floyd stages the first-ever quadraphonic rock concert.
May 12th, 1965 (May 12 1965)EventThe Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
May 12th, 1965 (May 12 1965)EventWest Germany and Israel establish diplomatic relations.
May 12th, 1962 (May 12 1962)EventDouglas MacArthur delivers his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.Douglas MacArthur Quotes
May 12th, 1958 (May 12 1958)EventA formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
May 12th, 1955 (May 12 1955)EventThe last portion of the IRT Third Avenue Elevated in Manhattan closes.
May 12th, 1952 (May 12 1952)EventGaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
May 12th, 1949 (May 12 1949)EventThe Soviet Union lifts its Blockade of Berlin.
May 12th, 1949 (May 12 1949)EventThe western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German statethe Federal Republic of Germany.
May 12th, 1942 (May 12 1942)EventWorld War II: Second Battle of Kharkov - in the eastern Ukraine, the Soviet Army initiates a major offensive. During the battle the Soviets capture the city of Kharkov from the German Army, only to be encircled and destroyed.
May 12th, 1942 (May 12 1942)EventHolocaust: 1,500 Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
May 12th, 1941 (May 12 1941)EventKonrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
May 12th, 1937 (May 12 1937)EventCoronation of King George VI of Britain at Westminster Abbey.
May 12th, 1932 (May 12 1932)EventTen weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey just a few miles from the Lindberghs home.
May 12th, 1926 (May 12 1926)EventUK General Strike 1926: in the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
May 12th, 1890 (May 12 1890)EventThe first-ever official County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scores the first century in the competition.
May 12th, 1885 (May 12 1885)EventNorth-West Rebellion: the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Metis against the Canadian government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat.
May 12th, 1881 (May 12 1881)EventIn North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
May 12th, 1873 (May 12 1873)EventOscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden.
May 12th, 1870 (May 12 1870)EventThe Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
May 12th, 1865 (May 12 1865)EventAmerican Civil War: the Battle of Palmito Ranch: the first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.
May 12th, 1864 (May 12 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in "the Bloody Angle".
May 12th, 1863 (May 12 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson s XVII Corps (ACW) turn the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton s defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.Gene Ray Quotes
May 12th, 1862 (May 12 1862)EventU.S. federal troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
May 12th, 1821 (May 12 1821)EventThe first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
May 12th, 1797 (May 12 1797)EventFirst Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
May 12th, 1780 (May 12 1780)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.
May 12th, 1689 (May 12 1689)EventKing William s War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.William King Quotes
May 12th, 1588 (May 12 1588)EventFrench Wars of Religion: Henry III of France flees Paris after Henry of Guise enters the city.
May 12th, 1551 (May 12 1551)EventNational University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru.
May 12th, 1364 (May 12 1364)EventJagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Krakow, Poland.
May 12th, 1328 (May 12 1328)EventAntipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
May 12th, 1264 (May 12 1264)EventThe Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, begins.
May 12th, 1191 (May 12 1191)EventRichard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre.

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