This Day in History

Sunday, May 12, is the 132d day of 2013. There are 233 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day.

Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is 88. Composer Burt Bacharach is 85. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jayotis Washington is 72.Country singer Billy Swan is 71.ctress Linda Dano is 70. Musician Ian McLagan is 68.Singer Steve Winwood is 65. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 63. Singer Billy Squier is 63. Actor Ving Rhames is 54. Actor Emilio Estevez is 51.Actor Stephen Baldwin is 47. Actress Samantha Mathis is 43. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 40. Actress Malin Akerman is 35. Actor Jason Biggs is 35.

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, S.C., surrendered to British forces.


In 1870, an act creating the Canadian province of Manitoba was given royal assent, to take effect in July.In 1922, a 20-ton meteorite crashed near Blackstone, Va.

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In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N.J.

In 1937, Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned as queen consort.

In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.

In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.


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 1963, Betty Miller became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. as she landed in Brisbane, Australia, having left Oakland, Calif., on April 30, making three stopovers along the way.In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

In 2003, suicide bombers attacked foreigners’ housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing 25 victims. A suicide truck-bomb attack killed at least 60 at a government compound in northern Chechnya.

In 2008, an earthquake in China’s Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people. Irena Sendler, credited with saving some 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, died in Warsaw, Poland, at age 98.