About May 12

May 12, 2020 is the 133rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 276 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.
  • 1689
    King William’s War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
  • 1743
    Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • 1780
    American Revolutionary War: In the largest defeat of the Continental Army, Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.
  • 1797
    First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
  • 1821
    The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
  • 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
  • 1937
    George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
  • 1958
    A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
  • 1975
    Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 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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