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5/12/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 12

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Today in History in 1820 nurse Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy; in 1875 was the first recorded shutout in pro baseball; and in 1907 actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1875 - 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • 1940 - Nazi blitzkrieg conquest of France began by crossing Muese River
  • 1943 - Axis forces in North Africa surrender
  • 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.
  • 2008 - 2008 Wenchuan earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1820 - Florence Nightingale, Florence Italy, nurse (Crimean War)
  • 1907 - Katharine Hepburn, Hartford CT, actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond)
  • 1914 - Howard K Smith, LA, TV newsman (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate)
  • 1925 - Yogi Berra [Lawrence Peter Berra], American baseball catcher, coach and manager (NY Yankees, Mets), born in St. Louis Missouri
  • 1936 - Tom Snyder, Milwaukee Wisc, newscaster (Tommorow, NBC Weekend News)
  • 1950 - Bruce Boxleitner, Elgin Ill, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King, Babylon 5)
  • 1956 - Homer Simpson, fictional character from the long running television show "The Simpsons"
  • 1963 - Vanessa A. Williams, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place)
  • 1968 - Tony Hawk, American skateboarder

Famous Weddings

  • 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre.
  • 1641 - Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)
  • 1763 - Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)
  • 1956 - NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner (25) weds Elizabeth Joan Zieg
  • 1959 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor's (27) marries for the 4th time to entertainer Eddie Fisher (30)

Famous Divorces

  • 2004 - Model and actress Ali Landry divorces (30) "Saved by the Bell" actor Mario Lopez (30) due to infidelity only less than 2 weeks after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1864 - J.E.B. Stuart [James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart], Confederate General, dies at 31
  • 1970 - Leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78
  • 1980 - Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • 1992 - Robert Reed, actor (Brady Bunch), dies of AIDs at 59
  • 1994 - Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • 2000 - Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2001 - Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • 2008 - Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • 2014 - H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74

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