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.
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)
- 1689King William’s War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
- 1863American 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.
- 1864American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in “the Bloody Angle”.
- 1926UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
- 1958A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
- 1975Mayagüez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
- 1978In 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.
- 1981Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
- 2003Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
- 2008An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
Who were born on May 12?
- 1825Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, French adventurer in Araucania and Patagonia (d. 1878)
- 1912Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
- 1921Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986)
- 1935Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball player and manager
- 1937Beryl Burton, British cyclist (d. 1996)
- 1942Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
- 1947Catherine Yronwode, American writer and editor
- 1961Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor
- 1964Pierre Morel, French film director
- 1976Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
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