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This Day in History: May 12

May 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1865 - 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.
  2. 1926 - The Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
  3. 1933 - The Agricultural Adjustment Act is enacted to restrict agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies.
  4. 1941 - Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
  5. 1965 - The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Cosimo II de' Medici (Grand Duke of Tuscany), Florence Nightingale (Italian-English nurse), William Giauque (Canadian-American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate), Katharine Hepburn (American actress and singer), Dorothy Hodgkin (Egyptian-English biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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