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On This Day: May 12th

This is 132nd day of the year and 233 days remain in the year.

in history
1870
Manitoba became a province of Canada.
1932
The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's kidnapped baby was found.
1937
Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.
1943
Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
1949
The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.
1970
Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, swatted his 500th home run.
1970
Harry A. Blackmun was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.
2002
Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro's Cuba.
2008
Tens of thousands killed and thousands injured when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China.
2008
An estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China and as many as 68,000 people were killed.
2012
The 2012 World Expo began in Yeosu, South Korea.
May 12 BirthdaysFlorence Nightingale1820–1910, English nurse, the founder of modern nursing, b. Florence, Italy.
Yogi Berrabaseball player
Emilio Estevezactor
Katharine Hepburnactress
Henry Cabot LodgeU.S. Senator
George Carlincomedian
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkinchemist, Nobel laureate
Burt Bacharachcomposer



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