What happened this day in history May 12

What are the important events that happened on May 12? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 12: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 12 is the 132nd day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 29, 2022 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 458,976 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontadigon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 255 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,429 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 12 Historical Events

  • 1328
    Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
  • 1364
    Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Kraków, Poland.
  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: In the largest defeat of the Continental Army, Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.
  • 1881
    In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1937
    George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • 1962
    Douglas MacArthur delivers his Duty, Honor, Country valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.
  • 1965
    The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War: North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attack Australian troops defending Fire Support Base Coral, east of Lai Khe in South Vietnam on the night of 12/13 May, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides and beginning the Battle of Coral-Balmoral.
  • 2002
    Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.
  • 2003
    The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26 people.

Who were born on May 12?

  • 1874
    Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (d. 1929)
  • 1918
    Julius Rosenberg, American-born spy for the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
  • 1943
    Linda Dano, American Actress
  • 1957
    Lou Whitaker, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Gavin Hood, South African film director
  • 1975
    Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978
    Jason Biggs, American actor
  • 1979
    Andre Carter, American football player
  • 1979
    Erdinç Saçan, Turkish-Dutch politician
  • 1995
    Kenton Duty, American actor

Who died on May 12?

  • 1801
    Nicholas Repnin, Russian statesman (b. 1734)
  • 1842
    Walenty Wańkowicz, Polish painter (b. 1799)
  • 1925
    Amy Lowell, American poet (b. 1874)
  • 1944
    Max Brand, American author (b. 1892)
  • 1956
    Louis Calhern, American actor (b. 1895)
  • 1966
    Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • 1970
    Nelly Sachs, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1971
    Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • 1990
    Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (b. 1912)
  • 1992
    Lenny Montana, American actor (b. 1926)

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