Today in History – Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Today in history
Today is Wednesday May 12, the 132nd day of 2021. There are 233 days left in the year.
Highlights of today’s history:
On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the blockade of Berlin, which the Western powers managed to bypass with their Berlin airlift.
To this date:
In 1780, during the War of Independence, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.
In 1937, King George VI of Great Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned Queen Consort.
In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, chaired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.
In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).
In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a judge of the Supreme Court.
In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first US President in office or not to visit since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
In 2008, a devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province left more than 87,000 dead or missing.
• Ten years ago: CEOs of the top five oil companies appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, where Democrats challenged executives to justify tax breaks at a time when people were paying $ 4 a gallon for gasoline.
• Five years ago: Divided U.S. Supreme Court Blocked Execution Of Alabama Inmate So Lower Court Can Consider Allegations Stroke And Dementia Left Him Unable To Understand His Impending Death Sentence . (A federal appeals court ruled in March 2017 that Vernon Madison was incompetent and could not be executed.)
• One year ago: German photographer Astrid Kirchherr, who took some of the Beatles’ oldest and most striking images and helped shape their visual style, has died aged 81 in her hometown of Hamburg.
• Today’s birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 93 years old. Actor Millie Perkins is 85 years old. R&B singer Jayotis Washington is 80 years old. Country singer Billy Swan is 79 years old. Actor Linda Dano is 78 years old. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 73 years old. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 71 years old. Actor Bruce Boxleitner. Singer Billy Squier is 71 years old. Country singer Kix Brooks is 66 years old. Actor Kim Greist is 63 years old. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 63 years old. Actor Ving Rhames is 62 years old. Actor Emilio Estevez is 59 years old. Actor April Grace is 59 years old. Actor Vanessa A. Williams is 58 years old. TV personality / chef Carla Hall is 57 years old. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 55 years old. Actor Scott Schwartz is 53 years old. Actor Kim Fields is 52 years old. Actor Samantha Mathis is 51 years old. Actor Jamie Luner is 50 years old. Actor Christian Campbell is 49.
Actor Rhea Seehorn is 49 years old. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 48 years old. Country musician Matt Mangano (The Zac Brown Band) is 45 years old. Actor Rebecca Herbst is 44 years old. Actor Malin Akerman is 43 years old. Actor Jason Biggs is 43 years old. Actor Rami Malek is 40 years old. – Singer Clare Bowen is 37 years old. Actor Emily VanCamp is 35 years old. Actor Malcolm David Kelley is 29 years old. Actor Sullivan Sweeten is 26 years old.