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12th of May 0254 EVENT Pope Stephen I succeeds Pope Lucius I as the 23rd pope.
12th of May 0303 EVENT Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the beheading of the 14-year-old Pancras of Rome.
12th of May 0922 EVENT After much hardship, Abbasid envoy Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.
12th of May 1191 EVENT Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre who is crowned Queen consort of England the same day.
12th of May 1264 EVENT The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, begins.
12th of May 1328 EVENT Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, is consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.
12th of May 1364 EVENT Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, is founded in Krakow, Poland.
12th of May 1551 EVENT National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru.
12th of May 1588 EVENT French Wars of Religion: Henry III of France flees Paris after Henry of Guise enters the city and a spontaneous uprising occurs.
12th of May 1689 EVENT King William's War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
12th of May 1743 EVENT Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
12th of May 1780 EVENT American Revolutionary War: In the largest defeat of the Continental Army, Charleston, South Carolina is taken by British forces.
12th of May 1797 EVENT First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquers Venice.
12th of May 1821 EVENT The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
12th of May 1862 EVENT U.S. federal troops occupy Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
12th of May 1863 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Raymond: two divisions of James B. McPherson's XVII Corps (ACW) turn the left wing of Confederate General John C. Pemberton's defensive line on Fourteen Mile Creek, opening up the interior of Mississippi to the Union Army during the Vicksburg Campaign.
12th of May 1864 EVENT American Civil War: the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House: thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers die in "the Bloody Angle".
12th of May 1865 EVENT American Civil War: the Battle of Palmito Ranch: the first day of the last major land action to take place during the Civil War, resulting in a Confederate victory.
12th of May 1870 EVENT The Manitoba Act is given the Royal Assent, paving the way for Manitoba to become a province of Canada on July 15.
12th of May 1873 EVENT Oscar II is crowned King of Sweden.
12th of May 1881 EVENT In North Africa, Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
12th of May 1885 EVENT North-West Rebellion: the four-day Battle of Batoche, pitting rebel Metis against the Canadian government, comes to an end with a decisive rebel defeat.
12th of May 1916 EVENT James Connolly was sat on a chair and shot dead in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, after his role in the Easter Uprising
12th of May 1926 EVENT UK General Strike 1926: In the United Kingdom, a nine-day general strike by trade unions ends.
12th of May 1932 EVENT Ten weeks after his abduction Charles Jr., the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs' home.
12th of May 1935 EVENT Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.
12th of May 1937 EVENT George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
12th of May 1941 EVENT Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
12th of May 1942 EVENT World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov: in eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launch a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.
12th of May 1942 EVENT Holocaust: 1,500 Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
12th of May 1945 EVENT Argentinian labour leader Jose Peter declares the Federacion Obrera de la Industria de la Carne dissolved.
12th of May 1949 EVENT The Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.
12th of May 1949 EVENT The western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German state: the Federal Republic of Germany.
12th of May 1952 EVENT Gaj Singh is crowned Maharaja of Jodhpur.
12th of May 1955 EVENT Nineteen days after bus workers went on strike in Singapore, rioting breaks out and seriously impacts Singapore's bid for independence.
12th of May 1958 EVENT A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.
12th of May 1962 EVENT Douglas MacArthur delivers his Duty, Honor, Country valedictory speech at the United States Military Academy.
12th of May 1965 EVENT The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
12th of May 1968 EVENT North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attack Australian troops defending Fire Support Base Coral, east of Lai Khe in South Vietnam on the night of 12/13 May, resulting in heavy casualties on both sides and beginning the Battle of Coral-Balmoral.
12th of May 1975 EVENT Mayaguez incident: the Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.
12th of May 1978 EVENT In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga). The local government asks the U.S.A., France and Belgium to restore order.
12th of May 1981 EVENT Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.
12th of May 1982 EVENT During a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan Fernandez Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul II with a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, believed that the Pope had to be killed for being an "agent of Moscow".
12th of May 2002 EVENT Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
12th of May 2003 EVENT The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by Al Qaeda, kill 26 people.
12th of May 2003 EVENT Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
12th of May 2006 EVENT Mass unrest by the Primeiro Comando da Capital begins in Sao Paulo (Brazil), leaving at least 150 dead.
12th of May 2006 EVENT Iranian Azeris interpret a cartoon published in an Iranian magazine as insulting, resulting in massive riots throughout the country.
12th of May 2007 EVENT Riots in which over 50 people are killed and over 100 are injured take place in Karachi upon the arrival in town of the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
12th of May 2008 EVENT An earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
12th of May 2008 EVENT U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducts the largest-ever raid of workplace and arrests nearly 400 immigrants for identity theft and document fraud.
12th of May 2010 EVENT An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board.
12th of May 1401 BIRTHDAY Emperor Shoko, 101st Japanese Emperor (d. 1428)
12th of May 1496 BIRTHDAY Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1560)
12th of May 1590 BIRTHDAY Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1621)
12th of May 1622 BIRTHDAY Louis de Buade de Frontenac, Governor General of New France (d. 1698)
12th of May 1626 BIRTHDAY Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
12th of May 1670 BIRTHDAY Frederick Augustus I of Poland (d. 1733)
12th of May 1700 BIRTHDAY Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect (d. 1773)
12th of May 1725 BIRTHDAY Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orleans (d. 1785)
12th of May 1767 BIRTHDAY Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (d. 1851)
12th of May 1803 BIRTHDAY Justus von Liebig, German chemist (d. 1873)
12th of May 1804 BIRTHDAY Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (d. 1858)
12th of May 1806 BIRTHDAY Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (d. 1881)
12th of May 1812 BIRTHDAY Edward Lear, British author and poet (d. 1888)
12th of May 1814 BIRTHDAY Adolf von Henselt, German composer and pianist (d. 1889)
12th of May 1820 BIRTHDAY Florence Nightingale, British nurse (d. 1910)
12th of May 1828 BIRTHDAY Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British painter (d. 1882)
12th of May 1829 BIRTHDAY Pavlos Carrer, Greek composer (d. 1896)
12th of May 1840 BIRTHDAY Alejandro Gorostiaga, Chilean military, participated on Battle of Huamachuco (d. 1912)
12th of May 1842 BIRTHDAY Jules Massenet, French composer (d. 1912)
12th of May 1845 BIRTHDAY Gabriel Faure, French composer (d. 1924)
12th of May 1850 BIRTHDAY Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
12th of May 1867 BIRTHDAY Hugh Trumble, Australian cricketer (d. 1938)
12th of May 1874 BIRTHDAY Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (d. 1929)
12th of May 1880 BIRTHDAY Lincoln Ellsworth, American explorer (d. 1951)
12th of May 1885 BIRTHDAY Paltiel Daykan, Russian-born Israeli jurist (d. 1969)
12th of May 1889 BIRTHDAY Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank (d. 1980)
12th of May 1892 BIRTHDAY Fritz Kortner, Austrian-born director (d. 1970)
12th of May 1895 BIRTHDAY William Giauque, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1982)
12th of May 1895 BIRTHDAY Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (d. 1986)
12th of May 1899 BIRTHDAY Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
12th of May 1900 BIRTHDAY Joseph Rochefort, American naval officer and cryptanalyst (d. 1976)
12th of May 1900 BIRTHDAY Helene Weigel, German actress (d. 1971)
12th of May 1903 BIRTHDAY Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (d. 1991)
12th of May 1907 BIRTHDAY Leslie Charteris, British author and screenwriter (d. 1993)
12th of May 1907 BIRTHDAY Katharine Hepburn, American actress (d. 2003)
12th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, British biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
12th of May 1910 BIRTHDAY Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)
12th of May 1912 BIRTHDAY Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
12th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Howard K. Smith, American journalist (d. 2002)
12th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY James Bacon, American entertainment columnist and reporter (d. 2010)
12th of May 1914 BIRTHDAY Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet (d. 1993)
12th of May 1916 BIRTHDAY Albert Murray, American writer
12th of May 1917 BIRTHDAY Frank Clair, American-born Canadian football coach (d. 2005)
12th of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman (d. 2001)
12th of May 1918 BIRTHDAY Julius Rosenberg, American-born spy for the Soviet Union (d. 1953)
12th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Farley Mowat, Canadian writer and naturalist
12th of May 1921 BIRTHDAY Joseph Beuys, German artist (d. 1986)
12th of May 1922 BIRTHDAY Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (d. 1998)
12th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician
12th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Tony Hancock, British comedian (d. 1968)
12th of May 1924 BIRTHDAY Maxine Cooper Gomberg, American actress (d. 2009)
12th of May 1925 BIRTHDAY Yogi Berra, American baseball player
12th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Burt Bacharach, American composer
12th of May 1928 BIRTHDAY Henry Cosby, American songwriter (d. 2002)
12th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
12th of May 1929 BIRTHDAY Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
12th of May 1930 BIRTHDAY Jesus Franco, Spanish film director
12th of May 1933 BIRTHDAY Andrey Voznesensky, Russian poet
12th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Felipe Alou, Dominican baseball player and manager
12th of May 1935 BIRTHDAY Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
12th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Frank Stella, American painter
12th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Tom Snyder, American television personality (d. 2007)
12th of May 1936 BIRTHDAY Guillermo Endara, President of Panama (d. 2009)
12th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Beryl Burton, British cyclist (d. 1996)
12th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY George Carlin, American comedian (d. 2008)
12th of May 1937 BIRTHDAY Susan Hampshire, British actress
12th of May 1938 BIRTHDAY Millie Perkins, American film actress
12th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League footballer
12th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Miltiadis Evert, Greek politician
12th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Ron Ziegler, U.S. White House Press Secretary (d. 2003)
12th of May 1939 BIRTHDAY Jalal Dabagh, Kurdish politician
12th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Ian Dury, British musician (d. 2000)
12th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Billy Swan, American songwriter and singer
12th of May 1942 BIRTHDAY Michel Fugain, French singer and songwriter
12th of May 1944 BIRTHDAY Chris Patten, British politician
12th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Alan Ball, Jr., English footballer (d. 2007)
12th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Nicky Henson, British actor
12th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Ian McLagan, British keyboardist (Small Faces)
12th of May 1945 BIRTHDAY Patrick Ricard, French businessman
12th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY L. Neil Smith, American science fiction author
12th of May 1946 BIRTHDAY Daniel Libeskind, American architect
12th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Micheline Lanctot, American film actor, director and screenwriter
12th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Michael Ignatieff, Canadian politician
12th of May 1947 BIRTHDAY Catherine Yronwode, American writer and editor
12th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Joe Tasker, British mountaineer (d. 1982)
12th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY David Heineman, American politician, current governor of Nebraska
12th of May 1948 BIRTHDAY Steve Winwood, British musician (The Spencer Davis Group; Traffic)
12th of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Bruce Boxleitner, American actor
12th of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Billy Squier, American singer and musician
12th of May 1950 BIRTHDAY Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor
12th of May 1951 BIRTHDAY George Karl, American basketball player and head coach
12th of May 1952 BIRTHDAY Norbert Stolzenburg, German footballer
12th of May 1953 BIRTHDAY Kevin Grevey, American basketball player
12th of May 1955 BIRTHDAY Kix Brooks, American country singer (Brooks & Dunn)
12th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player
12th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Glenn Robbins, Australian comedian
12th of May 1956 BIRTHDAY Asad Rauf, Pakistani cricket umpire
12th of May 1957 BIRTHDAY Lou Whitaker, American baseball player
12th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Eric Singer, American drummer
12th of May 1958 BIRTHDAY Andreas Petroulakis, Greek political caricaturist
12th of May 1959 BIRTHDAY Ving Rhames, American actor
12th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Paul Arcand, Quebec radio host, journalist and film director
12th of May 1960 BIRTHDAY Ian Khan, British racing driver
12th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Paul Begala, American political commentator
12th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Billy Duffy, British guitarist (The Cult)
12th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Thomas Dooley, German-American soccer player
12th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Bruce McCulloch, Canadian actor
12th of May 1961 BIRTHDAY Lar Park Lincoln, American actress
12th of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Emilio Estevez, American actor
12th of May 1962 BIRTHDAY Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter (Bad Religion) and record producer (Epitaph Records)
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Panagiotis Fasoulas, Greek basketball player, Mayor of Piraeus
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Gavin Hood, South African film director
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Jerry Trimble, American actor
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Vanessa A. Williams, American actress
12th of May 1963 BIRTHDAY Deborah Kara Unger, Canadian actress
12th of May 1964 BIRTHDAY Pierre Morel, French film director
12th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Stephen Baldwin, American actor
12th of May 1966 BIRTHDAY Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian singer
12th of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Joe McKinney, Irish actor
12th of May 1967 BIRTHDAY Paul D'Amour, American bass guitarist (Tool)
12th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Tony Hawk, American skateboarder
12th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Mark Clark, American baseball player
12th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Catherine Tate, British comedian
12th of May 1968 BIRTHDAY Scott Schwartz, American actor
12th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Kim Fields, American actress
12th of May 1969 BIRTHDAY Kevin Nalty, American YouTube personality
12th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Jim Furyk, American golfer
12th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Mike Weir, Canadian golfer
12th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Steve Palframan, South African cricketer
12th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Samantha Mathis, American actress
12th of May 1970 BIRTHDAY Mark Foster, British swimmer
12th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Jamie Luner, American actress
12th of May 1971 BIRTHDAY Doug Basham, American professional wrestler
12th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Travis Lutter, American mixed martial arts fighter
12th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Kendra Kassebaum, American stage actress
12th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Lutz Pfannenstiel, German footballer
12th of May 1973 BIRTHDAY Robert Tinkler, Canadian voice actor
12th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer
12th of May 1975 BIRTHDAY Lawrence Phillips, American football player
12th of May 1976 BIRTHDAY Kardinal Offishall, Canadian rapper
12th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Rebecca Herbst, American actress
12th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Lorena Bernal, Argentine/Spanish model and actress
12th of May 1977 BIRTHDAY Graeme Dott, British snooker player
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Jason Biggs, American actor
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Malin Akerman, Swedish-Canadian actress and model
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Canadian singer
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Josh Phelps, American baseball player
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (Morning Musume)
12th of May 1978 BIRTHDAY Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Andre Carter, American football player
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Callum Chambers, Australian rules footballer
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Erdinc Sacan, Turkish-Dutch politician
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Robert Key, English cricketer
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Aaron Yoo, Korean-American actor
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Steve Smith, American football player
12th of May 1979 BIRTHDAY Dennis Trillo, Filipino actor and singer
12th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Felipe Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball player
12th of May 1980 BIRTHDAY Keith Bogans, American basketball player
12th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
12th of May 1981 BIRTHDAY Rami Malek, American actor
12th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY David Thaxton, British stage actor and singer
12th of May 1982 BIRTHDAY Darren Williams, American Basketball Player and Business Professional
12th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Charilaos Pappas, Greek footballer
12th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Virginie Razzano, French tennis player
12th of May 1983 BIRTHDAY Alina Kabayeva, Russian gymnast
12th of May 1984 BIRTHDAY Tommaso Reato, Italian rugby player
12th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Tally Hall, American footballer
12th of May 1985 BIRTHDAY Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
12th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Emily VanCamp, Canadian actress
12th of May 1986 BIRTHDAY Mouhamed Sene, Senegalese basketball player
12th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Gianluca Sansone, Italian footballer
12th of May 1987 BIRTHDAY Kieron Pollard, West Indies Cricketer
12th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Marky Cielo, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 2008)
12th of May 1988 BIRTHDAY Marcelo Vieira da Silva Junior, Brazilian footballer
12th of May 1989 BIRTHDAY Matthew Hann, American basketball player
12th of May 1990 BIRTHDAY Jacory Harris, American football player
12th of May 1992 BIRTHDAY Malcolm David Kelley, American actor
12th of May 1995 BIRTHDAY Luke Benward, American actor
12th of May 1003 DEATH Pope Silvester II
12th of May 1012 DEATH Pope Sergius IV
12th of May 1382 DEATH Queen Joan I of Naples (Born 1327)
12th of May 1465 DEATH Thomas Palaeologus, Titular Byzantine emperor, Despot of the Morea (Born 1409)
12th of May 1634 DEATH George Chapman, English writer
12th of May 1641 DEATH Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, English statesman (Born 1593)
12th of May 1684 DEATH Edme Mariotte, French physicist and priest
12th of May 1699 DEATH Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish painter (Born 1626)
12th of May 1700 DEATH John Dryden, English writer (Born 1631)
12th of May 1708 DEATH Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Born 1658)
12th of May 1748 DEATH Thomas Lowndes, English astronomer (Born 1692)
12th of May 1759 DEATH Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor (Born 1700)
12th of May 1784 DEATH Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (Born 1710)
12th of May 1792 DEATH Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist (Born 1710)
12th of May 1796 DEATH Johann Peter Uz, German poet (Born 1720)
12th of May 1801 DEATH Nicholas Repnin, Russian statesman (Born 1734)
12th of May 1842 DEATH Walenty Wankowicz, Polish painter (Born 1799)
12th of May 1845 DEATH Janos Bacsanyi, Hungarian poet (Born 1763)
12th of May 1856 DEATH Jacques Philippe Marie Binet, French mathematician (Born 1786)
12th of May 1859 DEATH Sergei Aksakov, Russian writer (Born 1791)
12th of May 1860 DEATH Charles Barry, English architect (Born 1795)
12th of May 1864 DEATH J. E. B. Stuart, American soldier from Virginia and a Confederate Army general (Born 1833)
12th of May 1867 DEATH Friedrich William Eduard Gerhard, German archaeologist (Born 1795)
12th of May 1871 DEATH Anselme Payen, French physicist (Born 1795)
12th of May 1876 DEATH Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary (Born 1843)
12th of May 1884 DEATH Bedrich Smetana, Czech composer (Born 1824)
12th of May 1889 DEATH John Cadbury, English chocolate entrepreneur (Born 1801)
12th of May 1907 DEATH Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author (Born 1848)
12th of May 1916 DEATH James Connolly, Irish socialist and leader of the Easter Rising (Born 1868)
12th of May 1925 DEATH Amy Lowell, American poet (Born 1874)
12th of May 1931 DEATH Eugene Ysaye, Belgian violinist (Born 1858)
12th of May 1935 DEATH Jozef Pi?sudski, Polish statesman (Born 1867)
12th of May 1944 DEATH Max Brand, American author (Born 1892)
12th of May 1944 DEATH Arthur Quiller-Couch, English writer (Born 1863)
12th of May 1956 DEATH Louis Calhern, American actor (Born 1895)
12th of May 1957 DEATH Erich von Stroheim, film director and actor (Born 1885)
12th of May 1957 DEATH Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (Born 1928)
12th of May 1963 DEATH Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (Born 1882)
12th of May 1963 DEATH Richard Girulatis, German football manager (Born 1878)
12th of May 1966 DEATH Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (Born 1896)
12th of May 1967 DEATH John Masefield, British writer (Born 1878)
12th of May 1970 DEATH Nelly Sachs, German writer, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1891)
12th of May 1971 DEATH Heinie Manush, American baseball player (Born 1901)
12th of May 1973 DEATH Art Pollard, American racecar driver (Born 1927)
12th of May 1978 DEATH Robert Coogan, American actor (Born 1924)
12th of May 1985 DEATH Jean Dubuffet, French painter (Born 1901)
12th of May 1986 DEATH Elisabeth Bergner, Austrian actress (Born 1897)
12th of May 1986 DEATH Alicia Moreau de Justo, Argentine physician, politician, pacifist and human rights activist (Born 1885).
12th of May 1990 DEATH Chen Kenmin, Japanese chef (Born 1912)
12th of May 1992 DEATH Nikos Gatsos, Greek poet and lyricist (Born 1911)
12th of May 1992 DEATH Robert Reed, American actor (Born 1932)
12th of May 1992 DEATH Lenny Montana, American actor (Born 1926)
12th of May 1994 DEATH Erik Erikson, German psychoanalyst (Born 1902)
12th of May 1994 DEATH John Smith, British politician (Born 1938)
12th of May 1995 DEATH Mia Martini, Italian singer and songwriter (Born 1947)
12th of May 1999 DEATH Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (Born 1914)
12th of May 1999 DEATH Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (Born 1910)
12th of May 2000 DEATH Adam Petty, American race car driver (Born 1980)
12th of May 2001 DEATH Perry Como, American singer (Born 1912)
12th of May 2001 DEATH Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (Born 1925)
12th of May 2002 DEATH Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (Born 1905)
12th of May 2003 DEATH Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Born 1933)
12th of May 2005 DEATH Monica Zetterlund, Swedish actress and singer (Born 1937)
12th of May 2005 DEATH Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (Born 1909)
12th of May 2006 DEATH Gillespie V. Montgomery, U.S. representative from Mississippi (Born 1920)
12th of May 2006 DEATH Hussein Maziq, Prime Minister of Libya (Born 1918)
12th of May 2007 DEATH Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Afghani Taliban military leader
12th of May 2007 DEATH Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (Born 1936)
12th of May 2008 DEATH Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (Born 1925)
12th of May 2008 DEATH Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (Born 1910)
12th of May 2009 DEATH Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (Born 1957)