Today in History - May 12

1082 – Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II

1215 – English barons serve ultimatum on King John; leads to Magna Carta

1459 – Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur

1525 – Battle at Biblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wruttemberg farmers

1551 – San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens

1689 – England & Netherlands form League of Augsburg

1701 – Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)

1733 – Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague

1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)

1780 – Americans suffer worst defeat of revolution at Charleston

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

1797 – 1st Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice

1835 – Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile

1863 – Battle of Raymond

1864 – US Civil war: Battle of Drewry’s Bluff, VA (Ft Darling)

1870 – Manitoba becomes a province of Canada

1873 – Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden

1875 – 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0

1881 – Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate

1885 – Battle of Batoche: Louis Riel and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton

1897 – 1800-1900 years old fossil of “girl of Yde” found in Drente, Netherlands



1897 – Battle of Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece

1902 – 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike

1908 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Getting Married” premiers in London

1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield

1921 – National Hospital Day 1st observed

1925 – Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics

1926 – Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole

1928 – Benito Mussolini ends Women’s rights in Italy

1937 – Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey

1938 – Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)

1941 – Konard Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin

1943 – British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA

1949 – 1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

1962 – Grevelingen dam closes

1968 – “March of Poor” under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, DC

1977 – 1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)

1978 – US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female

1979 – Tennis Legend Chris Evert’s 125-math winning streak on clay comes to an end

1982 – US Football League forms

1984 – South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

1991 – A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest

2000 – 4th generation NASCAR driver Adam Petty dies in crash

2012 – The discovery of a missing Mayan calendar piece disproves 2012 Armageddon

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