On This Day in History-May 12.

May 12 is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

This day is known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day.  Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is an intolerance of chemicals, cleaning products, pesticides, smells, odors, fragrances, etc. and exposure to such substances may cause physiological and psychological side effects that can resemble allergic reactions.  Sufferers, sometimes fearing for their lives, are often forced to avoid social gatherings; many can no longer pursue employment as the workplace environment may not be safe; and most live isolated and lonely lives with others showing little understanding, consideration or sympathy for their predicament.

Major Events

On May 12 1082 Battle at Mailberg Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austria

On May 12 1780 the American Continental Army suffered its worst defeat of the Revolutionary War by losing Charleston, South Carolina to the British Army.

On May 12 1847 William Clayton invented the odometer

On May 12 1862 U.S. federal troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

On May 12 1864 in American Civil War the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: Thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in what is known as the “the Bloody Angle”.

On May 12 1926 the Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

On May 12 1941 Konrad Zuse completes his Z3 computer, the first program-controlled electromechanical digital computer. It followed in the footsteps of the Z1 – the world’s first binary digital computer – which Zuse had developed in 1938. Much of Zuse’s work was destroyed in World War II, although the Z4, the most sophisticated of his creations, survives.

On May 12 1942 the U.S. tanker SS Virginia is torpedoed in the mouth of the Mississippi River by the German submarine U-507

On May 12 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

On May 12 1949 the Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.

On May 12 1957 A.J. Foyt Won his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, Missouri

On May 12 2002 1960 Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley appeared on the same TV special and performed the others hit.  Elvis sang “Witchcraft and Sinatra sang “Love Me Tender”

On May 12 Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

On May 12 2008 An estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China and as many as 68,000 people were killed.

  • May 12 Birthdays
    • Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003
    • Yogi Berra 1925-2015
    • Tony Hawk 1968-
    • George Carlin 1937-2008
    • Elmilio Estevez-1962-
    • Kim Fields 1969
    • Carla Hall 1964-
    • Mary Kay Ash 1918-2001
    • Florence Nightingale 1820-1910
    • Julius Rosenburgh 1918-1953
    • Stephen Baldwin 1966-
    • Robert Baldwin 1804-1858





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