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May 12 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 12. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 60 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 254
    Pope Stephen I succeeds Pope Lucius I as the 23rd pope.
  • 304
    Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the beheading of the 14-year-old Pancras of Rome.
  • 907
    Zhu Wen forces Emperor Ai into abdicating, ending the Tang dynasty after nearly three hundred years of rule.
  • 922
    After much hardship, Abbasid envoy Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.
  • 1191
    Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre who is crowned Queen consort of England the same day.
  • 1328
    Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
  • 1364
    Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Kraków, Poland.
  • 1510
    The Prince of Anhua rebellion begins when Zhu Zhifan kills all the officials invited to a banquet and declares his intent on ousting the powerful Ming dynasty eunuch Liu Jin during the reign of the Zhengde Emperor.
  • 1551
    National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru.
  • 1588
    French Wars of Religion: Henry III of France flees Paris after Henry I, Duke of Guise enters the city and a spontaneous uprising occurs.
  • 1619
    Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt is sentenced to death for high treason.
  • 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
    War of the First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
  • 1821
    The first major battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks is fought in Valtetsi.
  • 1862
    U.S. federal troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: Two divisions of James B. McPherson’s XVII Corps turn the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton’s defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: Thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in “the Bloody Angle”.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: The Battle of Palmito Ranch: The first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.
  • 1870
    The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
  • 1873
    Coronation of Oscar II of Sweden
  • 1881
    In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
  • 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.
  • 1926
    General Strike: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
  • 1926
    The Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
  • 1932
    Ten weeks after his abduction, the infant son of Charles Lindbergh, Charles Jr., is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home.
  • 1933
    The Agricultural Adjustment Act is enacted to restrict agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies.
  • 1935
    Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.
  • 1937
    The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey.

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