May 12: Day of the Week
May 12, 2023 is the 132nd day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 12 Historical Event(s)
- 303Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the beheading of the 14-year-old Pancras of Rome.
- 1264The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, begins.
- 1588French Wars of Religion: Henry III of France flees Paris after Henry of Guise enters the city and a spontaneous uprising occurs.
- 1864American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in “the Bloody Angle”.
- 1865American 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.
- 1870The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
- 1881In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
- 1949The Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.
- 1981Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
- 1982During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan Fernandez Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, believed that the Pope had to be killed for being an “agent of Moscow”.
Who were born on May 12?
- 1670King Augustus II of Poland (d. 1733)
- 1806Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (d. 1881)
- 1938Millie Perkins, American film actress
- 1963Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
- 1963Gavin Hood, South African film director
- 1975Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
- 1975Lawrence Phillips, American football player
- 1978Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Canadian singer
- 1986Mouhamed Sene, Senegalese basketball player
- 1988Marky Cielo, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 2008)
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