May 12 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on May 12.


Events on May 12

1870 Canada purchased the Red River Colony (Manitoba) from the Hudson Bay Company.

1884 Bohemian composer Bedrich Smetana died in an asylum for the insane.

1935 Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio by William Wilson.

1937 The coronation in London of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth is broadcast live worldwide by the BBC.

1943 The Axis powers in North Africa Surrender.

1957 Death of Erich von Stroheim, German-born actor and director.

1963 Bob Dylan refuses to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show on the grounds that the show is too square.

1969 The minimum voting age in Britain is lowered from 21 to 18.

1971 Mick Jagger married Bianca de Macias in St Tropez in front of guests including Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

1987 Britain’s carrier HMS Hermes becomes the Indian Navy’s second aircraft carrier, renamed INS Virat (R22).

1991 The first multi-party general election since 1959 was held in Nepal.

Famous Birthdays on May 12

Edward Lear 1812, English artist and poet who wrote the Book of Nonsense for the grandchildren of his patron, the Earl of Derby.

Florence Nightingale 1820, English nurse whose experiences in the Crimean War led her to become a hospital reformer.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828, English poet, painter and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite known for his songs and his “Requiem”.

Burt Bacharach 1929, American composer whose collaboration with Hal David produced hits such as “Walk on By” and “What’s New, Pussycat?”.

Quotes from Legend

If you feel in a plight, to his journal you write And get reparation in full. So you will all say with me, Good luck to H.B. And continued success to John Bull. Pantomime song, on Horation Bottomley’s magazine

- John Bull, which started publication today, 1906.

Historical News on May 12

USSR Unblocks Berlin

USSR unblocks berlin on May 12
USSR unblocks berlin

1949 The Soviet Union has called off its blockade of Berlin after more than a year.

Today cheering crowds in the four-power city met the first food convoy to arrive by road from the West.

The former capital is entirely surrounded by Russian-occupied Germany.

The Russians had closed the roads, stopped the trains, and banned food imports from the Soviet sector in protest at the Western Allies’ plan to create an independent republic in West Germany.

Britain and America beat the blockade with around-the-clock airlift, with up to 200 flights a day ferrying food and supplies to the city.

Moscow agreed to lift the siege following negotiations at the United Nations.

Irish Rebel Leaders Shot

1916 The Leaders of the Easter Rising in Ireland have all been executed.

General Sir John Maxwell announced that James Connolly, last of the seven Republican Brotherhood leaders who proclaimed the Irish Republic on Easter Monday, was shot today.

He had been wounded and was taken on a stretcher to face the firing squad.

General Maxwell has refused to give up the body of writer Patrick Pearse, the rebel leader, for a Catholic burial, saying he did not want to create a martyr.

Trouble has been mounting since the new Home Rule Bill was passed four years ago.

However, the rebellion was swiftly suppressed.

Sichuan Province Suffers Huge Quake

Sichuan province suffers huge quake on May 12
Sichuan province suffers huge quake

2008 An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit the Chinese province of Sichuan, leaving 87,000 people dead or missing and around five million homeless.

Rescue efforts were hampered by strong aftershocks which wreaked further damage and claimed more lives, and heavy rain which caused mudslides across the region.

Many children and students were killed, parents claimed schools had been shoddily built and demanded an inquiry.

The quake caused 30 lakes to form as landslides blocked rivers.

The largest, Tangjiashan Lake, had to be drained by troops as its instability posed a threat to a million homes downstream.

India’s Population Hits One Billion

2000 News that India’s one-billionth citizen had been born was officially announced in Delhi today.

In a ceremony at the Safdarjung hospital, the baby girl was presented to the media, one Astha Arora.

India’s government is using the Occasion to highlight the problems of an expanding population.

With ever-increasing poverty, diminishing natural resources, illiteracy, and unemployment, the government is trying to encourage smaller families.

The United Nations has warned that India may face problems with food and water shortages in the near future if the population rise does not slow.

The increasing population hampers all India’s attempts at progress.

One civil servant summed up the occasion by saying that while the event was a matter of joy for the family, it provided a moment of reflection for the government.

The Curious Case of Zanjeer

1973 Directed and produced by Prakash Mehra, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Ajit, and Bindu, this film has exceeded expectations.

Already there are signs that yesterday’s release might mark a watershed moment in Indian popular cinema as the focus shifts from largely romantic, escapist fictions to stories that deal with violence and transgression of caste and other social norms.

It also marks the coming of a star, the entire cast is competent, but Amitabh Bachchan as Inspector Vijay Khanna dominates the screen.

His brooding and intermittently explosive personality arrests audiences and critics alike, bringing a new darker archetype to Indian cinema.

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