May 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 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.
- 1926 - The Italian-built airship Norge becomes the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.
- 1933 - The Agricultural Adjustment Act is enacted to restrict agricultural production by paying farmers subsidies.
- 1941 - Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.
- 1965 - The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.
- 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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