Today in History
Today is Thursday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2022. There are 233 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the blockade of Berlin, which the Western powers succeeded in bypassing with their Berlin Airlift.
To this date :
In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, the beleaguered city of Charleston, South Carolina surrendered to British forces.
In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, New Jersey.
In 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were created to help the needy and the farmers.
In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, led by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, has 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 Supreme Court Justice.
In 1975, the White House announced that the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters. (US Marines took control of the ship three days after it was seized, unaware that all 39 civilian crew members had already been released by Cambodia.)
In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security agents overpowered a bayonet-wielding Spanish priest who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the pope’s longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was lightly injured in the assault.)
In 1986, the military drama action film “Top Gun”, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis and released by Paramount Pictures, had its world premiere in New York.
In 2008, a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province left more than 87,000 dead or missing.
In 2009, five Miami men were convicted of a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago’s Sears Tower; one man was acquitted. Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN’-yuk) has been deported from the United States to Germany. (On this date in 2011, Demjanjuk, who claims his innocence, will be sentenced by a German court for complicity in the murder of tens of thousands of Jews; he died in March 2012 at age 91.)
In 2011, the CEOs of the five largest oil companies appeared before the Senate Finance Committee, where Democrats challenged leaders to justify tax breaks at a time when people were paying $4 a gallon for gas.
Ten years ago: Miami’s LeBron James became the eighth player in NBA history to receive the MVP award three times.
Five years ago: Dozens of countries were hit by a massive cyberextortion attack that locked down computers and held users’ files for ransom in a slew of hospitals, businesses and government agencies. Pope Francis urged Catholics to ‘tear down all walls’ and spread peace during a visit to Fatima, Portugal, as he marked the 100th anniversary of one of the most unique events in the world. 20th Century Catholic Church: Visions of the Virgin Mary reported by three illiterate shepherd children.
A year ago: Israel continued a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, killing up to 10 senior Hamas military officials and toppling two high-rise towers housing Hamas installations; the Islamic militant group showed no signs of backing down and fired hundreds of rockets into Israeli towns. Republicans have jettisoned Representative Liz Cheney from her House leadership position for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s campaign lies, underscoring the grip Trump has retained on his party. The country’s largest fuel pipeline has restarted operations, days after it was forced to close by a gang of hijackers. Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and the Go-Go’s were elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the first time on the ballot, leading a class that also included Tina Turner, Carole King and Todd Rundgren.
Today’s birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach turns 94. Actor Millie Perkins is 86 years old. R&B singer Jayotis Washington is 81 years old. Country singer Billy Swan is 80 years old. Actor Linda Dano is 79 years old. Actor Lindsay Crouse is 74 years old. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 74 years old. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 72 years old. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 72 years old. Singer Billy Squier is 72 years old. Blues singer-musician Guy Davis is 70 years old. Country singer Kix Brooks is 67. Actor Kim Greist is 64 years old. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 64 years old. Ving Rhames is 63 years old. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 61 years old. Actor Emilio Estevez is 60 years old. Actor April Grace is 60 years old. Actor Vanessa A. Williams is 59 years old. TV personality/chef Carla Hall is 58. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 56 years old. Actor Scott Schwartz is 54 years old. Actor Kim Fields is 53 years old. Actor Samantha Mathis is 52 years old. Actor Jamie Luner is 51 years old. Actor Christian Campbell is 50 years old. Actor Rhea Seehorn is 50 years old. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 49 years old. Country musician Matt Mangano (The Zac Brown Band) is 46. Actress Rebecca Herbst is 45. Actor Malin (MAH’-lin) Akerman is 44 years old. Actor Jason Biggs is 44 years old. Actor Rami Malek (RAH’-mee MA’-lihk) is 41 years old. Actor-singer Clare Bowen is 38 years old. Actor Emily VanCamp is 36 years old. Actor Malcolm David Kelley is 30 years old. Actor Sullivan Sweeten is 27 years old.