May 12 Events in History

1997 - Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida (Source AP)

1997 - Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida (Source AP)

Events from history that occurred …… on this day!

2011 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the second-longest-reigning monarch in Britain
2011 Amid protests, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is sworn in for a fourth term
2010 After new allegations of torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross reports a second U.S. secret prison exists at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan
2008 8.0 Earthquake in southwest China kills more than 69,000
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 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida
1997 Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami
1996 “Inherit the Wind” closes at Royale Theater New York City after 45 performances
1996 “Night of the Iguana” closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 68 performances
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
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
1995 Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4
1994 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan
1993 Final episode of 6 year run of ABC’s “Wonder Years” in Netherlands
1993 Last broadcast of “Knots landing” on CBS
1993 Last broadcast of “Cheers” on NBC-TV
1993 Parma wins 33rd Europe Cup II
1992 1st Belgian woman, Ingrid Baeyens, to ascend Mount Everest
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
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
1989 “Entertainment Tonight” performs their 2,000th TV performance
1989 Last graffiti covered New York City subway car retired
1989 Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists
1988 “Carrie” opens at Virginia Theater New York City for 5 performances
1986 Bicycle is pedaled 65 mph
1986 President Reagan appoints Dr. James C Fletcher NASA Administrator
1986 Fred Markham (U.S.), unpaced and unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, California
1985 Amy Eilberg is ordained in New York as 1st woman Conservative rabbi
1985 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
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 Africa prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years
1984 White Horse by Laid Back hits #26
1984 World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans
1983 Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA
1983 Oilers 3-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1982 FC Barcelona wins 22nd Europe Cup II
1982 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike for ‘Rabbit is Rich’
1982 U.S. 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
1981 “Lena Horne: Lady, Music” opens at Nederlander New York City for 333 performances
1981 Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minnesota
1980 1st nonstop crossing of U.S. via balloon (Maxie Anderson and son Chris)
1979 Chris Evert’s 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end
1978 Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female
1977 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation
1976 Bayern Munich wins 21st Europe Cup 1
1975 U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
1974 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
1974 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
1973 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3
1973 Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92
1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
1972 Paul McCartney and Wings release “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
1971 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger weds Bianca Macias at St. Tropez Town Hall
1970 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run
1970 Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court
1970 KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, Montana (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1970 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969 Kenneth H. Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH
1968 “March of Poor” under Reverend Abernathy reach Washington, D.C.
1968 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
1968 WSKG TV channel 46 in Binghamton, New York (PBS) begins broadcasting
1967 H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student
1967 Provo disbands in Netherlands Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1967 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
1966 St. Louis’ Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
1965 Israel and West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations
1964 Manlio Brosio chosen as Secretary-General of NATO
1963 Bob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open
1963 Race riot in Birmingham Alabama
1962 Grevelingendam closes
1962 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1961 Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time
1960 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special
1959 “Nervous Set” opens at Henry Miller’s Theater New York City for 23 performances
1959 Liz Taylor’s 4th marriage (Eddie Fisher)
1958 “Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu” by Dicky Doo and The Dont’s hits #40
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open
1956 Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine’s 2nd no-hitter, beats New York Giants, 3-0
1956 East Pakistan struck by cyclone and tidal waves
1955 Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0)
1953 KUHT TV channel 8 in Houston, Texas (PBS) begins broadcasting
1952 Charlton Playground named in Bronx
1951 1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll
1950 Darius Milhauds opera “Bolivar,” premieres in Paris
1949 1st foreign woman ambassador received in U.S. (S V L Pandit India)
1949 West begins Berlin Airlift to get supplies around Soviet blockade
1948 Queen Wilhelmina resigns
1944 900+ 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen and Brux
1944 Krim purged of nazi troops
1944 Secret Police arrest Gerrit Van de Peat
1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrender
1943 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in U.S.
1943 German troops in Tunisia North Africa surrender
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
1941 Great British convoy marches into Alexandria
1940 French mariners occupy St. Maarten
1940 German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug
1940 Nazi blitz conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
1938 Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
1937 George VI crowned King of England
1937 St. Louis Cardinals beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3
1936 Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Poisoned Kiss,” premieres in London
1934 “Cocktails For Two,” by Duke Ellington hits #1
1934 60th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
1933 Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy and farmers
1932 Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, New Jersey
1932 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney
1930 Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures)
1929 Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary)
1928 Mussolini ends woman’s rights in Italy
1926 Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole
1926 British general strike ends
1926 Dmitri Sjostakovitch’s 1st Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
1926 General Pilsudski sets coup on premier Witos compared
1926 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole
1925 Uzbekistan and Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics
1925 Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament
1924 50th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2
1924 7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind
1923 49th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6
1921 National Hospital Day 1st observed
1919 Yankees and Senators play 2nd straight extra inning tie, 4-4 in 15
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
1915 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
1915 Franklin K Mathiews, presents idea of “Book Week”
1913 Harry Green runs world record marathon (2:38:16.2)
1910 2nd NAACP conference (New York City)
1910 Phil A’s Chief Bender no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0
1909 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
1908 George Bernard Shaws’ “Getting Married,” premieres in London
1908 Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield
1901 President McKinley visits San Francisco
1900 Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed
1900 Lord Roberts’ troops occupies Crown city
1898 Louisiana adopts new constitution with “grandfather clause” designed to eliminate black voters
1897 1800-1900 year old fossil of “girl of Yde” found in Drente, Netherlands
1897 Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece
1894 Ludwig Englander’s musical “Passing Show,” premieres in New York City
1891 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo Suriname
1890 Louisiana legalized prize fighting
1888 Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale
1881 France sign treaty of protection with Tunisia colony
1881 Treaty of Bardo, Tunis becomes a French protectorate
1877 Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia
1875 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St. Louis 0
1874 U.S. Assay Office in Helena, Montana authorized
1871 Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Kentucky
1870 Manitoba becomes a province of Canada
1865 Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
1864 Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia (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 U.S. Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigade-general
1863 Battle of Raymond, Mississippi
1862 Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana
1849 Willem Alexander PFL crowned king Willem III in Amsterdam
1835 Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile
1832 Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “L’elisir d’amore,” premieres in Milan
1792 Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
1789 Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of New York City political bosses
1780 British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina
1780 Charleston, South Carolina falls to British (Revolutionary War)
1777 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
1776 Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns
1733 Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague
1701 Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
1695 English king Willem III departs to Netherlands
1689 England and Netherlands form League of Augsburg
1641 Prince Willem II (14) marries English princess Henriette Mary Stuart (9)
1640 Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV
1604 Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius
1588 Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris
1551 San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens
1534 Wurttemberg becomes Lutherian
1525 Battle at Boblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wurttembergse farmers
1459 Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur
1328 Louis IV de Beier selects P Rainalducci as anti-Pope Nicolaas V
1215 English barons serve ultimatum on king John without Country
1082 Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austr
919 Duke Henry of Saxon becomes king Henry I of Oostfrankische rich
254 Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope

Source: BrainyHistory

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