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1797First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.

1979Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

1943British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA

1990Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting

1885The Battle of Batoche concludes. Louis Riel and and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel

1984South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years

1986President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator

1932Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ

1960Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

1925Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament

199642nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

1968Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open

1970Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

19491st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India)

1963Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show"

1942David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine

1835Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile

1908George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London

1934"Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1

1982In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II

2002Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

1963Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open

1928Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy

1789William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

1972Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

19247th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind

1959"Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances

1995Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4

May 12th Historical Events
Date Event
254
Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope 
919
Duke Henry of Saxony becomes King Henry I of Oostfrankischreich 
1082
Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austr 
1215
English barons serve ultimatum on King John; leads to Magna Carta 
1328
Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and assembly of priests select P Rainalducci as anti-Pope Nicolaas V 
1328
Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice. 
1459
Sun City India founded by Rao Jodhpur 
1525
Battle at Biblingen: Zwabische Union beats rebel Wurttemberg farmers 
1534
German Duchy of Wurttemberg becomes Lutheran under Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg 
1551
San Marcos University in Lima Peru, opens 
1588
Catholic League under duke Henri de Guise occupies Paris 
1604
Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius 
1640
Uprising against Spanish king Philip IV 
1689
England & Netherlands form League of Augsburg 
1695
English king William III departs to Netherlands 
1701
Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701) 
1733
Maria Theresa crowned queen of Bohemia in Prague 
1776
Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns 
1777
1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette) 
1780
British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War) 
1789
Society of St Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers. It later becomes an infamous group of NYC political bosses 
1789
William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in UK House of Commons, reasons the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice 
1792
Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented 
1797
First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice. 
1821
The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi. 
1832
Gaetano Donizetti's opera "L'elisir d'amore" premieres in Milan 
1835
Charles Darwin visits copper mines in North Chile 
1849
Willem Alexander PFL crowned king Willem III in Amsterdam 
1862
Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge Louisiana 
1863
Battle of Raymond, Miss 
1864
US Civil war: Battle of Drewry's Bluff, VA (Ft Darling) 
1864
US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia 
1864
Battle of Todd's Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid), cavalry battle during US Civil War 
1864
US Union colonel Emory Upton (24) promoted to brigadier general 
1865
Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas 
1870
Manitoba becomes a province of Canada 
1871
Segregated street cars integrated in Louisville, Ky 
1873
Oscar II of Sweden-Norway is crowned King of Sweden. 
1874
US Assay Office in Helena, Montana, authorized 
1875
1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0 
1877
Ottawa Rough Riders 1st outside competition vs Britannia 
1881
Treaty of Bardo, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate 
1885
The Battle of Batoche concludes. Louis Riel and and the Metis defeated by Frederick Middleton, leds to collapse of Provincial Government of Saskatchewan and surrender of Riel 
1888
Crouching start 1st used by Charles Sherrill of Yale 
1890
Louisiana legalized prize fighting 
1890
The first-ever official cricket County Championship match begins. Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by eight wickets at Bristol. George Ulyett scores the first century in the competition. 
1891
Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname 
1894
Ludwig Englander's musical "Passing Show" premieres in NYC 
1897
1800-1900 year old fossil of "girl of Yde" found in Drente, Netherlands 
1897
Battle at Thessalie: Turkish army beats Greece 
1898
Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters 
1900
Boer attack under Sarel Eloff, about 70 killed 
1900
Lord Roberts' troops occupy Crown city 
1901
US President McKinley visits San Francisco 
1902
Some 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, let alone negotiate or submit to arbitration; Roosevelt later threatens to have the army run the mine 
1908
George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London 
1908
Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B Stubblefield 
1909
34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8 
1910
2nd NAACP conference (NYC) 
1910
Phil A's Chief Bender no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0 
1911
American economic expert W Morgan Schuster arrives by invitation to assume almost dictatorial power over Persia's finances; a move resented by Russia 
1913
Harry Green runs world record marathon (2:38:16.2) 
1915
Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250 
1915
Franklin K Mathiews presents idea of "Book Week" 
1916
James Connolly and Sean McDermott are executed following their involvement in the Easter Rising in Dublin 
1917
42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4 
1917
43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6 
1919
Yanks & Senators play 2nd straight extra inning tie, 4-4 in 15 
1919
The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act; in the Act, Transvaal Indians are prohibited from owning shares in limited companies 
1921
National Hospital Day 1st observed 
1923
49th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6 
1924
50th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2 
1924
7th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at French Lick CC Ind 
1925
Uzbekistan & Kirgizistan become autonomous Soviet republics 
1925
Walter Hagen wins PGA golf tournament 
1926
Airship Norge is 1st vessel to fly over North Pole 
1926
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st Symphony premieres in Leningrad 
1926
General Józef Piłsudski returns to power in Poland after coup d'état against the Witos regime 
1926
Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole 
1926
British general strike ends, but mine workers stay on strike 
1928
Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy 
1928
Opium laws enforced 
1929
Pulitzer prize awarded to Julia Peterkin (Scarlet Sister Mary) 
1930
Pulitzer prize awarded to Marc Connelly (Green Pastures) 
1932
Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ 
1933
Federal Emergency Relief Administration & Agricultural Adjustment Administration form to help the needy & farmers 
1934
"Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1 
1934
60th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2 
1936
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London 
1937
St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3 
1937
Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey. 
1938
Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) 
1940
French mariners occupy St Maarten 
1940
German tanks conquer Moerdijkbrug 
1940
Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River 
1941
British forces march into Alexandria 
1941
Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin. 
1942
1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz 
1942
David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine 
1942
Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River 
1942
Russia occupies Crackow, until Aug 23, 1943 
1943
Axis forces in North Africa surrender 
1943
British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA 
1943
German troops in Tunisia North Africa surrender 
1944
900+ 8th US Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen & Brux 
1944
Crimea purged of Nazi troops 
1944
Secret Police arrest Gerrit Van de Peat 
1948
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates 
1949
1st foreign woman ambassador received in USA (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India) 
1950
Darius Milhauds opera "Bolivar" premieres in Paris 
1951
1st H Bomb test, on Enewetak Atoll 
1952
Charlton Playground named in Bronx 
1952
Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur. 
1953
KUHT TV channel 8 (PBS) in Houston, TX, begins broadcasting 
1955
Chicago Cub Sam Jones is 1st black to pitch no-hitter (Pirates, 4-0) 
1956
Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0 
1956
East Pakistan struck by cyclone & tidal waves 
1957
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open 
1958
"Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #40 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1959
"Nervous Set" opens at Henry Miller's Theater NYC for 23 performances 
1960
Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special 
1961
Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time 
1962
Grevelingen dam closes 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
1963
Bob Dylan walks out of the "Ed Sullivan Show" 
1963
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Alpine Civitan Golf Open 
1963
Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama 
1964
Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO 
1965
Israel & West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations 
1966
St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns 
1967
H Rap Brown replaces Stokely Carmichael as chairman of Student 
1967
Provo disbands in Neth Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 
1968
"March of Poor" under Rev Abernathy reach Washington, DC 
1968
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open 
1968
WSKG TV channel 46 (PBS) in Binghamton, NY, begins broadcasting 
1969
Kenneth H Wallis achieved record speed for an autogiro-179 KPH 
1970
Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run 
1970
Harry A Blackmun is confirmed as a justice on Supreme Court 
1970
KTVM TV channel 6 in Butte, MT (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting 
1970
Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops) 
1970
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1972
Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13) 
1972
Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb" 
1973
6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3 
1973
Dueling Tubas by Martin Mull hits #92 
1974
28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3 
1974
Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic 
1975
US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces 
1976
Bayern Munich wins 21st Europe Cup 1 
1977
1st quadrophonic concert (Pink Floyd in London) 
1977
Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation 
1978
US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female 
1979
Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end 
1980
1st nonstop crossing of US via balloon (Maxie Anderson & son Chris) 
1980
West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header. 
1981
"Lena Horne: Lady, Music" opens at Nederlander NYC for 333 perfs 
1981
Isles tie own rec with 2 shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn 
1982
FC Barcelona wins 22nd Europe Cup II 
1982
Pulitzer prize awarded to John Updike (Rabbit is Rich) 
1982
US Football League forms 
1982
In Fatima Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped prior to his attempt to attack Pope John Paul II 
1983
Julie Lynne Hayek, (California), crowned 32nd Miss USA 
1983
Oilers 3-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead 
1984
Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 41-D 
1984
France performs nuclear test 
1984
Joe Lucius scored his 13th hole-in-one on same hole 
1984
South African prisoner Nelson Mandela sees his wife for 1st time in 22 years 
1984
White Horse by Laid Back hits #26 
1984
World of Rivers world exposition opens in New Orleans 
1985
Amy Eilberg is ordained in NY as 1st woman Conservative rabbi 
1985
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
1986
President Reagan appoints Dr James C Fletcher NASA Administrator 
1986
Fred Markham (US), unpaced & unaided by wind, is 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, Calif 
1988
"Carrie" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 5 performances 
1989
"Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance 
1989
Last graffiti covered NYC subway car retired 
1989
Retired Brit pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists 
1990
3rd time Saturday Night Live uses time delay (Andrew Dice Clay hosts) 
1990
Comic Relief USA '90 (4th one) raises $4.7 million 
1990
Nora Dunn & Sinead O'Connor boycott Saturday Night Live to protest Andrew "Dice" Clay's hosting 
1991
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Crestar-Fresh Farm Golf Classic 
1991
A new cancer drug is announced which can only be found in bark of a rare tree in the Pacific Northwest 
1992
1st Belgian woman (Ingrid Baeyens) to ascend Mount Everest 
1993
Final episode of 6 year run of ABC's "Wonder Years" in Netherlands 
1993
Last broadcast of "Knots landing" on CBS 
1993
Last broadcast of "Cheers" on NBC-TV 
1993
Parma wins 33rd Europe Cup II 
1994
WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan 
1995
Dow Jones for 5th straight day of the week sets a new record (4430.59) 
1995
Jose Mesa gets 1st of his M.L. record 37 consecutive saves 
1995
Martin Brodeur ties NHL record getting his 3rd playoff shutout in 4 
1996
"Inherit the Wind" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 45 performances 
1996
"Night of the Iguana" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 68 perfs 
1996
42nd McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies 
1996
Yankees losing 8-0 to Chicago White Sox, come back to win 9-8 
1997
14 North Koreans defect to South Korea 
1997
Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox 
1997
Russia & Chechnya sign peace deal after 400 years of conflict 
1997
Susie Maroney, 22, of Australia, is 1st to swim from Cuba to Florida 
1997
Tornado narrowly misses downtown Miami 
1999
Sir David Steel becomes the first Presiding Officer (speaker) of the modern Scottish Parliament. 
2002
Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming 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. 
2003
Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan. 
2007
2007 Karachi riots, which killed over 50 people in Karachi and above 100 injured, on the arrival of Chief Justice of Pakistan; Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in Karachi city. 
2008
2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people 
2010
An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board. 
2012
The discovery of a missing Mayan calender piece disproves 2012 Armageddon 
2013
Pope Francis canonizes the 813 martyrs of Otranto as Saints 
2013
Paris Saint-Germain win the Ligue 1 French football title 
2016
Hyperloop One debuts in the Nevada desert 
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