May 12

1870

Manitoba became a province of Canada.

1932

The body of Charles and Anne Lindbergh's kidnapped baby was found.

1937

Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.

1943

Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

1949

The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.

1970

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, swatted his 500th home run.

1970

Harry A. Blackmun was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

2002

Former president Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president (in or out of office) to visit Fidel Castro's Cuba.

2008

Tens of thousands killed and thousands injured when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China.

2008

An estimated 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, Gansu, and Yunnan Provinces in western China and as many as 68,000 people were killed.

2012

The 2012 World Expo began in Yeosu, South Korea.

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