12 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Edward Lear, 1812
  • Florence Nightingale, 1820
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Sr., 1850
  • Philip Wylie, 1902
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White, 1903
  • Gordon Jenkins, 1910
  • Mary Kay Ash, 1918
  • Julius Rosenberg, 1918
  • Tony Hancock, 1924
  • Yogi Berra, 1925
  • John Simon, 1925
  • Burt Bacharach, 1929
  • Frank Stella, 1936
  • Tom Snyder, 1936
  • George Carlin, 1937
  • Ron Ziegler, 1939
  • Steve Winwood, 1949
  • Gabriel Byrne, 1950
  • Ving Rhames, 1961
  • Bruce Boxleitner, 1962
  • Emilio Estevez, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Pope Silvester II, 1003
  • Earl of Strafford beheaded, 1641
  • Wilhelm von Schlegel, 1845
  • Amy Lowell, 1925
  • Erich von Stroheim, 1957
  • John Masefield, 1967
  • Lillian Roth, 1980
  • Jean Dubuffet, 1985
  • Robert Reed AIDS 1992, 1992
  • Perry Como, 2001
  • Robert Rauschenberg, 2008
  • Julius La Rosa, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1870 - Manitoba made Canadian province.
  • 1873 - First postcard issued in U.S.
  • 1888 - British protectorate over North Borneo and Brunei begins.
  • 1926 - General strike ends in Britain with 14,220,000 working days lost.
  • 1926 - Three days after Byrd claims first flight over North Pole, Roald Amundsen really does it on dirigible.
  • 1932 - Body of kidnapped Lindbergh baby found in Sourland Mountains; 100,000 officers fail in search.
  • 1937 - Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth following abdication of his brother - Edward VII.
  • 1949 - Berlin blockade lifted.
  • 1950 - American Bowling Congress forced to remove color bar and admit Black bowlers.
  • 1955 - Last El (elevated train) runs at 6:04 p.m. in New York; Third Avenue El from Chinatown to Bronx.
  • 1971 - Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
  • 1982 - Six year-old golf prodigy Tiger Woods, hits his first hole-in-one.
  • 2008 - 7.9 earthquake strikes Sichuan in South West China; 74,000 dead or missing; 5 million homeless.
  • 2011 - Queen Elizabeth surpasses George III to become Britain's second longest reigning monarch. Will she pass Victoria in Sept. 2015?
  • 2012 - 1923 prototype Leica camera sold for record 2.16 million euros at Galerie Westlicht Vienna auction.
  • 2014 - Contemporary Art auction at Christies New York becomes most expensive single auction in history reaping $744.9 million ; Calder, Stella, Bacon and Barnett Newman triumph.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Germanus-Constantinople
  • Nereus
  • Dominic of the Causeway
  • Ethelhard
  • John Stone
  • Modoaldus
  • Rictrudis
  • Achilleus
  • Pancras
  • Epiphanius-Salamis
  • Ignatius of Laconi

Holiday:

  • Birthday of J.V. Snellman in Finland

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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