Today in History: May 12

Today in History: May 12

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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

Charleston, South Carolina falls to British forces.

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.