About May 12

May 12, 2021 is the 132nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 265 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 12

  • 254
    Pope Stephen I succeeds Pope Lucius I as the 23rd pope.
  • 922
    After much hardship, Abbasid envoy Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.
  • 1191
    Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre who is crowned Queen consort of England the same day.
  • 1364
    Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Kraków, Poland.
  • 1797
    First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson’s XVII Corps (ACW) turn the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton’s defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.
  • 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
  • 1932
    Ten weeks after his abduction Charles Jr., the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    Argentinian labour leader José Peter declares the Federación Obrera de la Industria de la Carne dissolved.
  • 1952
    Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • 1955
    Nineteen days after bus workers went on strike in Singapore, rioting breaks out and seriously impacts Singapore’s bid for independence.
  • 1958
    A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 2007
    Riots in which over 50 people are killed and over 100 are injured take place in Karachi upon the arrival in town of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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