About May 12

May 12, 2024 is the 133rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Taurus is the sun 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 262 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 12

  • 1264
    The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, begins.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    North-West Rebellion: the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Métis against the Canadian government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat.
  • 1916
    James Connolly was sat on a chair and shot dead in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, after his role in the Easter Uprising
  • 1926
    UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
  • 1935
    Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: 1,500 Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
  • 1949
    The western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German state: the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • 1955
    Austria regains its independence as the Allied occupation following World War II ends.
  • 1955
    Nineteen days after bus workers went on strike in Singapore, rioting breaks out and seriously impacts Singapore’s bid for independence.
  • 1978
    In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga). The local government asks the U.S.A., France and Belgium to restore order.
  • 1981
    Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
  • 1982
    During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, 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”.
  • 1998
    Four students are shot at Trisakti University, leading to widespread riots and the fall of Suharto
  • 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.
  • 2006
    Iranian Azeris interpret a cartoon published in an Iranian magazine as insulting, resulting in massive riots throughout the country.
  • 2008
    An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.

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