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

  • 922
    After much hardship, Abbasid envoy Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.
  • 1743
    Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1821
    The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
  • 1862
    U.S. federal troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in “the Bloody Angle”.
  • 1873
    Oscar II is crowned King of Sweden.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: 1,500 Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
  • 1942
    World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov: in eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launch a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.
  • 1945
    Argentinian labour leader José Peter declares the Federación Obrera de la Industria de la Carne dissolved.
  • 1949
    The Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    Iranian Azeris interpret a cartoon published in an Iranian magazine as insulting, resulting in massive riots throughout the country.

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