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In the Gregorian Calendar, May 12 is the 132th
(hundredth – thirtieth second) day of the year.

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Quote of the Day…

There is no lever more powerful than a belief to move human crowds.

— Emilia Pardo Bazán
Spanish writer (died May 12, 1921).

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “Such a Day as Today” / Image Credit: Gerd Altmann

May 12 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 48 a. C .: In the city of Pharsalia (Greece), Julius Caesar notes that he has seen in the sky a “flaming ball of fire” (possibly a meteorite).
  • 254: Stephen I (f. 257) is crowned bishop of Rome (“pope”).
  • 1191: Berenguela de Navarra and Ricardo el Valiente marry in England.
  • 1280: in Spain, Alfonso X – in coalition with the Marini Sultan Abu Yusuf and the Banu Ashqilula with their combined troops – attack Granada.
  • 1328: in Rome, the Bishop of Venice consecrates Antipope Nicholas V.
  • 1513: in Salamanca (Spain) the first stone of the new cathedral is laid.
  • 1521: In Mexico, the chief of the Tlaxcala armies Xicohténcatl Axayacatzin dies, who was one of the main opponents of the alliance with Hernán Cortés.
  • 1551: in Lima (Peru) the Royal and Pontifical University of San Marcos is founded, the first university in America, by royal decree issued by Carlos V.
  • 1614: in Villarrobledo (Spain), the Community of Poor Clare Nuns settles in the monastery of San Juan de la Penitencia.
  • 1689: the Treaty of Vienna is signed between Emperor Leopold I and the United Provinces, to which Denmark, England and Spain adhere.
  • 1742: in the Captaincy General of Chile, Governor José Manso de Velasco refounds the city of Talca.
  • 1797: in Italy, Napoleon Bonaparte conquers Venice.
  • 1865: In the Russian empire, today Finland, the Nokia company is founded.
  • 1875: in Argentina, the oldest football club in America, the Club Mercedes, is founded to date.
  • 1889: on the island of Puerto Rico, the US fleet commanded by Admiral Sampson bombs the city of San Juan.
  • 1912: in Spain, the magazine Blanco y Negro publishes the first color photograph that appeared in the Spanish press.
  • 1922: in the framework of the Moroccan War, the Spanish troops conquer Tazarut.
  • 1925: in the German Republic, Paul von Hindenburg succeeds Friedrich Ebert as president.
  • 1926: in Poland, Marshal Józef Piłsudski gives a coup.
  • 1926: Umberto Nobile, Roald Amundsen and Lincoln Ellsworth fly over the North Pole with the airship Norge.
  • 1927: in Nicaragua, Augusto César Sandino begins his fight against US intervention.
  • 1930: Juan Muñoz crosses the South Atlantic Ocean in a seaplane.
  • 1936: in the Spanish Republic, the Cortes approve the election of Manuel Azaña as president.
  • 1936: Italy withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1937: in England George VI is crowned.
  • 1940: Germany begins the invasion of France.
  • 1943: in Changshiao (China) the Japanese Expeditionary Army under General Shunroku Hata ends the fourth and last day of the Changshiao Massacre, in which 30,000 men, women and children were raped and killed.
  • 1943: German forces surrender in North Africa.
  • 1948: in the Netherlands, Queen Wilhelmina abdicates in favor of her daughter Juliana.
  • 1949: in Germany, the Soviet Union lifts the blockade of Berlin.
  • 1956: date of birth of Homer Simpson, the famous fictional protagonist of the American animated series The Simpsons.
  • 1958: in the Enewetak Atoll (Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), the United States detonates its atomic bomb Koa, of 1,370 kt. The new XW-35 ICBM warhead is tested. It is the 126th bomb out of 1,132 that the United States detonated between 1945 and 1992.
  • 1962: in an artificial well, 434 meters underground, in the U3am area of ​​the Nevada Atomic Test Site (about 100 km northwest of the city of Las Vegas), at 7:00 (local time) United States detonates its 240 kiloton Aardvark atomic bomb.
  • 1965: In Camagüey a group of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) that reported to the United States through the Guantánamo base is captured.
  • 1982: in the sanctuary of Fátima (Portugal) a failed attack is perpetrated against Pope John Paul II.
  • 1990: in the hills of Bracho, near the city of Zacatecas (Mexico), Pope John Paul II performs a massive mass.
  • 1990: at the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), the Mexican singer Juan Gabriel performs the last of four consecutive successful concerts.
  • 1991: in Chile, La Red opens its doors when it begins its broadcasts and its signal is number 4.
  • 1995: in Spain, Fernando Fernán Gómez is awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.
  • 1996: Carlos Carsolio and his brother Alfredo summit on Mount Manaslu. For Carlos it would be his longed-for fourteenth and last eight thousand, thus becoming the fourth person in history and the youngest to perform the feat (33 years).
  • 2001: the XLVI edition of Eurovision is held in the city of Copenhagen (Denmark). The Estonian duo of Tanel Padar and Dave Benton take the top spot with Everybody.
  • 2002: in Cuba, former US President Jimmy Carter visits Fidel Castro for five days, being the first US president, within or outside his mandate, to visit the island since the Cuban Revolution (1959).
  • 2004: In Greece on May 12, the first € 2 commemorative coin with the design of the Olympic Games in Athens is released
  • 2008: an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale occurs in Sichuan (China).
  • 2010: Plane crash in Tripoli in which 103 people lose their lives, the only survivor being a 9-year-old boy.
  • 2010: in Hamburg (Germany), Atlético de Madrid are proclaimed champions of the UEFA Europa League after defeating Fulham by 2 goals to 1.
  • 2012: The outraged resume the protests in the main Spanish cities.
  • 2012: in Guanajuato (Mexico), Club León is proclaimed champion of the Liga de Ascenso MX after defeating the Roadrunners of the UAT by 5 goals to 0 in the second leg.
  • 2013: in Vatican City, Pope Francis canonizes Blessed “Mother Laura” (1874-1949), the first Colombian saint
  • 2014: Lugansk and Donetsk declare independence from Ukraine and formalize an upcoming referendum on their union with Russia.
  • 2014: in New York (United States), the Irish Mairead Maguire and the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel -both Nobel Peace Laureates-, along with a hundred professors from the United States and Canada, apply to the American human rights organization Human Rights Watch to expel from its board of directors all those involved with the United States Government and the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and Javier Solana (former NATO Secretary General).
  • 2015: in Kodari, Nepal: an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter Scale occurs, causing damage and killing 218 people.
  • 2017: Telefónica’s corporate network is hacked worldwide, taking advantage of a vulnerability in Windows, occasionally affecting computer equipment of workers from various companies, including Movistar and Gas Natural. With origin in China, through a screenshot of the employees’ computers, a ransom of 300 bitcoins (equivalent to $ 300) is requested before May 15. If not paid at that time, the figure would rise and, on the 19th, they would delete the files they have had access to. The cyberattack did not affect users, but only employees.
  • 2018: The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2018: In Germany, Hamburg is relegated to the second division of German football for the first time in its history.

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Susanne Jutzeler

May 12 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 1401: Shōkō, Japanese emperor (d. 1428).
  • 1479: Pompeo Colonna, Italian archbishop and cardinal.
  • 1496: Gustav I, Swedish king.
  • 1590: Cosimo II de Medici, Tuscan aristocrat.
  • 1606: Joachim von Sandrart, German artist.
  • 1638: Pedro Atanasio Bocanegra, Spanish painter.
  • 1670: August II, Polish King.
  • 1700: Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect and engineer.
  • 1707: Francisco Salzillo, Spanish sculptor (d. 1783).
  • 1725: Luis Felipe I, French aristocrat.
  • 1752: Gabriel de Borbón, Spanish aristocrat.
  • 1753: Agustín Esteve, Spanish painter (d. 1820).
  • 1754: Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer.
  • 1755: Giovanni Viotti, Italian violinist and composer.
  • 1767: Manuel Godoy (the Prince of Peace), Spanish politician.
  • 1776: José de La Mar, Peruvian president.
  • 1802: Enrique Lacordaire, French religious.
  • 1803 – Justus von Liebig, German chemist.
  • 1812: Edward Lear, British painter and humorist.
  • 1820: Florence Nightingale, British nurse.
  • 1828: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British poet.
  • 1840: Alejandro Gorostiaga, Chilean military man.
  • 1842: Jules Massenet, French composer of operas.
  • 1842: José Luis Pellicer, Spanish draftsman and painter.
  • 1845: Gabriel Fauré, French composer and organist.
  • 1856: Pedro Lascuráin, Mexican politician.
  • 1869: Carl Schuhmann, German sportsman.
  • 1880: Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer.
  • 1882: Víctor Domingo Silva, Chilean poet.
  • 1889: Otto Heinrich Frank, German Jew, father of Anne Frank.
  • 1889: Abelardo L. Rodríguez, Mexican president.
  • 1890: Kurt Student, German general.
  • 1890: Pedro Rodríguez Triana, Mexican military and politician (d. 1960).
  • 1891: Juan Andrew Almazán, Mexican military man, politician and businessman (d. 1965).
  • 1895: William Francis Giauque, American chemist, 1949 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry.
  • 1895 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher.
  • 1899: Indra Devi, Latvian yogi.
  • 1900: Pedro Puig Adam, Spanish mathematician (d. 1960).
  • 1900: Helene Weigel, German actress (d. 1971).
  • 1907: Katharine Hepburn, American actress (d. 2003).
  • 1910: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British chemist, 1964 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry (d. 1994).
  • 1910: Johan Ferrier, Surinamese president (d. 2010).
  • 1910: Giulietta Simionato, Italian soprano (d. 2010).
  • 1913: Jamelão, Brazilian samba player (f. 2008).
  • 1914: Bertus Aafjes, Dutch writer (d. 1993).
  • 1918: Julius Rosenberg, American spy (d. 1953).
  • 1918: Mary Kay Ash, founder of the cosmetics company Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001).
  • 1920: Vilém Flusser, Czech writer (d. 1991).
  • 1921: Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986).
  • 1922: Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (f. 1998).
  • 1924: Claribel Alegría, Nicaraguan writer.
  • 1925: Yogi Berra, American baseball player.
  • 1926: Luis Molowny, Spanish footballer and coach (d. 2010).
  • 1928: Burt Bacharach, American composer.
  • 1929: Sam Nujoma, Namibian politician.
  • 1929: Ágnes Heller, Hungarian philosopher (d. 2019).
  • 1930: Jesús Franco, Spanish filmmaker (d. 2013).
  • 1930: Tirofijo (Manuel Marulanda Vélez), Colombian guerrilla, commander of the FARC (d. 2008).
  • 1935: Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball player.
  • 1936: Guillermo Endara Galimany, Panamanian politician and lawyer, president between 1989 and 1994.
  • 1936: Frank Stella, American painter.
  • 1937: George Carlin, American comedian (d. 2008).
  • 1942: Michel Fugain, French singer.
  • 1945: Alan Ball, British footballer.
  • 1945: Claudia Gravy, Spanish actress born in Zaire.
  • 1948: Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Spanish painter.
  • 1948: Richard Riehle, American actor.
  • 1948: Steve Winwood, British musician, of the band Traffic.
  • 1950: Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor.
  • 1956: Carlos Taibo, Spanish anarchist.
  • 1956: Homer J. Simpson, fictional character protagonist of the cartoon television series The Simpsons.
  • 1958: Eric Singer, American musician, of the bands Kiss and Alice Cooper.
  • 1959: Ving Rhames, American actor.
  • 1962: Emilio Estévez, American actor.
  • 1962: Brett Gurewitz, American guitarist.
  • 1962: Einar Arnaldur Melax, Icelandic musician and composer, of the band The Elgar Sisters.
  • 1963: Stefano Modena, Italian Formula 1 driver.
  • 1963: Gavin Hood, South African filmmaker.
  • 1963: Beatriz Valdés, Cuban-Venezuelan theater, film and television actress.
  • 1966: Stephen Baldwin, American actor.
  • 1966: Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer.
  • 1966: Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress.
  • 1967: Paul D’Amour, American bassist, of the band Tool.
  • 1968: Tony Hawk, American skater.
  • 1970: Samantha Mathis, American actress.
  • 1971: Alejandro Irarragorri, Mexican businessman.
  • 1972: Antonio Bosch Conde, Spanish writer.
  • 1972: Yadhira Carrillo, Mexican actress.
  • 1975: Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby player.
  • 1978: Sied van Riel, Dutch DJ and producer
  • 1978: Jason Biggs, American actor.
  • 1978: Malin Akerman, Swedish actress, model and singer.
  • 1979: Joaquim Rodríguez, Spanish cyclist.
  • 1980: Keith Bogans, American basketball player.
  • 1980: Silvestre Dangond, Colombian singer-songwriter of Vallenata music.
  • 1980: Paula Woyzechowsky, Venezuelan actress and model.
  • 1980: Alexandra de la Mora, Mexican actress.
  • 1980: Antonio López Álvarez, Spanish footballer.
  • 1981: Rami Malek, American actor.
  • 1981: Erica Campbell, American model.
  • 1981: Andre Brown, American basketball player.
  • 1983: Alina Kabáyeva, Russian gymnast.
  • 1983: Axel Hervelle, Belgian basketball player.
  • 1983: Domhnall Gleeson, Irish actor.
  • 1984: Justin Williams, American basketball player.
  • 1985: Jaime Gavilán Martínez, Spanish footballer.
  • 1985: Paolo Goltz, Argentine footballer.
  • 1985: Lika Roman, Ukrainian model.
  • 1985: Carolina Soto Cepeda, Colombian presenter and model.
  • 1986: Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress.
  • 1986: Mouhamed Sene, Senegalese basketball player.
  • 1986: Víctor Liz, Dominican basketball player.
  • 1987: Chris Pontius, American footballer.
  • 1987: Robbie Rogers, American footballer.
  • 1988: Marcelo Vieira, Brazilian soccer player.
  • 1990: Etika, youtuber, streamer and former American model of African-American origin (f. 2019).
  • 1991: Joe Dombrowski, American cyclist.
  • 1992: Malcolm David Kelley, American actor.
  • 1993: Pablo González Juárez, Spanish footballer.
  • 1995: Luke Benward, American actor.
  • 1997: Frenkie de Jong, Dutch footballer.
  • 2003: Madeleine McCann, girl disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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Who Left Us “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Katrina

May 12 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 1003: Silvestre II (Gerberto d’Aurillac), scholar and first French pope.
  • 1106: Domingo de la Calzada (Domingo García), religious, engineer and Spanish saint.
  • 1521: Xicohténcatl Axayacatzin, hero and warrior from Tlaxcala.
  • 1700: John Dryden, British poet and playwright.
  • 1850: Frances Sargent Osgood, American poet, alleged affair with Edgar Allan Poe.
  • 1856: Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician.
  • 1859: Sergei Aksákov, Russian writer.
  • 1860: Charles Barry, British architect.
  • 1871: Daniel-François Auber, French musician and composer.
  • 1871: Anselme Payen, French chemist.
  • 1884: Bedrich Smetana, Czech composer.
  • 1885: Ferdinand Hiller, German composer (b.1811).
  • 1890: Frances Parthenope Verney, English writer and journalist, sister of nurse Florence Nightingale (b. 1819).
  • 1913: Enriqueta Martí, serial killer and Spanish vampire.
  • 1914: Eugenio Montero Ríos, Spanish politician and jurist (b. 1832).
  • 1914: Jesús El Tuerto Morales, Mexican military man, executed.
  • 1921: Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spanish writer.
  • 1922: José López Pinillos, Spanish journalist, playwright and writer.
  • 1935: Juan Antonio Morán, Argentine expropriator anarchist, executed.
  • 1935: Józef Piłsudski, Polish statesman.
  • 1956: Louis Calhern, American actor.
  • 1957: Alfonso de Portago, Spanish Formula 1 driver.
  • 1957: Erich von Stroheim, German filmmaker and actor.
  • 1963: Carmen Barradas, Uruguayan pianist and composer (b. 1888).
  • 1967: John Masefield, British poet.
  • 1971: Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler and actor (b.1903).
  • 1980: Ramón Baglietto, Spanish politician (b.1936).
  • 1985: Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor.
  • 1992: Robert Reed, American actor (b.1932).
  • 1994: Erik Erikson, American psychoanalyst of German origin.
  • 1994: John Smith, British Labor leader.
  • 1995: Adolfo Pedernera, Argentine soccer player and coach (b. 1918).
  • 1995: Mia Martini, Italian singer.
  • 1997: Augusto Céspedes, Bolivian writer and politician (b.1904).
  • 2001: Perry Como, American singer.
  • 2001: Valdir Pereira “Didí”, Brazilian soccer player (b. 1929).
  • 2001: Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer.
  • 2002: Kanitha Wichiencharoen, Thai Buddhist lawyer and nun (b.1920).
  • 2005: Luis Alberto Acuña Gatillon, Chilean writer (b.1927).
  • 2006: Miguel Fisac, Spanish architect.
  • 2007: José Barros, Colombian singer (b.1915).
  • 2007: Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan politician, head of state for life between 1962 and 2007
  • 2008: Irena Sendler (the Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto), German philanthropist (b.1910).
  • 2008: Robert Rauschenberg, American painter, pioneer of pop art (b.1925).
  • 2009: Mariela Celentano, Uruguayan teacher and musician (b. 1957).
  • 2009: Nemesio Fernández Cuesta, Spanish businessman and politician (b.1928).
  • 2009: Antonio Vega, Spanish singer (b. 1957).
  • 2010: Antonio Ozores, Spanish actor and director (b.1928).
  • 2013: Constantino Romero, presenter, announcer and Spanish dubbing actor (b. 1947).
  • 2014: Jacinto Convit, Venezuelan physician and researcher, Prince of Asturias Award (1987) (b.1913).
  • 2014: Isabel Carrasco, Spanish politician (b.1955).
  • 2019: Nasrallah Pedro Sfeir de Reyfoun, Lebanese cardinal (b.1920).
  • 2020: Miguel Ángel Catalá Gorgues, Spanish historian and museologist (b.1949).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Sakkanan Norkaew

May 12 – A Day as Today – Celebration

  • International Nurses Day
  • International Fibromyalgia Day.

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today” / Image Credit: Peter H

May 12 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saint Aquileus
  • Saint Cyril of Messia and fellow martyrs
  • Saint Domingo de la Calzada
  • Saint Domitilla of Rome
  • Saint Epiphanius of Salamis
  • Saint Philip of Agira
  • Saint German of Constantinople
  • Saint Modoaldo of Trier
  • Saint Nereo
  • Saint Pancracio of Rome
  • Saint Rictrudis de Marchiennes
  • Blessed Álvaro del Portillo
  • Blessed Imelda Lambertini
  • Blessed Juana of Portugal.

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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Prediction your zodiac sign with Dorian / Image Credit: p2722754

May 12 – A Day as Today – Zodiac Sign

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