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Wednesday May 12, 2021

May 12: Day of the Week

May 12, 2021 was the 132nd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 233 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1689
    King William’s War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson’s XVII Corps (ACW) 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”.
  • 1926
    UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
  • 1958
    A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
  • 1975
    Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
  • 1978
    In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga). The local government asks the U.S.A., France and Belgium to restore order.
  • 1981
    Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
  • 2003
    Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
  • 2008
    An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.

Who were born on May 12?

  • 1825
    Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, French adventurer in Araucania and Patagonia (d. 1878)
  • 1912
    Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986)
  • 1935
    Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball player and manager
  • 1937
    Beryl Burton, British cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1942
    Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
  • 1947
    Catherine Yronwode, American writer and editor
  • 1961
    Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor
  • 1964
    Pierre Morel, French film director
  • 1976
    Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper

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