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Today in History: May 12

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Today in History
May 12

254   St. Stephen I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
1588   King Henry III flees Paris after Henry of Guise triumphantly enters the city.
1641   The chief advisor to Charles I, Thomas Wentworth, is beheaded in the Tower of London
1780  

The Continental Army surrenders Charleston, South Carolina, to British forces in its largest defeat of the Revolutionary War. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]

1851   The Tule River War ends.
1863   With a victory at the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi, Union General Ulysses S. Grant closes in on Vicksburg.
1864   Union General Benjamin Butler attacks Drewry’s Bluff on the James River.
1865   The last land battle of the Civil war occurs at Palmito Ranch, Texas. It is a Confederate victory.
1881   Tunisia, in North Africa becomes a French protectorate.
1885   In the Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebel against the Canadian government.
1926   The Airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
1932   The body of Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found.
1935   Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio by “Bill W.,” a stockbroker, and “Dr. Bob S.,” a heart surgeon.
1940   The Nazi conquest of France begins with the crossing Musee River.
1942   The Soviet Army launches its first major offensive of the war, taking Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine.
1943   Axis forces in North Africa surrender.
1949   The Berlin Blockade ends.
1969   Viet Cong sappers try unsuccessfully to overrun Landing Zone Snoopy in Vietnam.
1975   The U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez is seized by Cambodian forces.
Born on May 12
1812   Edward Lear, poet, painter and the youngest of 21 children.
1816   Edmund Beckett Grimthorpe, lawyer and architect.
1820   Florence Nightingale, English nurse and hospital reformer.
1828   Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet and painter.
1907   Katharine Hepburn, American actress who won four Oscars. Her movies included Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story and The African Queen.
1915   Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.
1921   Farley Mowat, Canadian nature writer (Never Cry Wolf).
1925   Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra), baseball player and coach.
1933   Andrei Andreyevich Voznesensky, Russian poet.
1936   Tom Snyder, newscaster and television host.
1936   Frank Stella, painter.