Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:01 am
Today in History
By The Associated Press
Today's Highlights in History:
On May 12, 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.
On this date:
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 meteor crashed near Blackstone, Va.
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 1933, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were established to provide help for the needy and farmers.
In 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned as queen consort.
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 her Piper Apache 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 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the pope's longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was slightly wounded in the assault.)
In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.
Ten years ago: 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. L. Paul Bremer, the new American civilian administrator of Iraq, arrived in Baghdad; coalition forces announced they had taken custody of Dr. Rihab Rashid Taha (TAH'-hah), the Iraqi scientist known as "Dr. Germ." (Taha was later released after no charges were brought.) The Texas House ground to a standstill after 51 Democratic lawmakers left the state in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan. (The Democrats returned four days later from Oklahoma, having succeeded in killing the bill.)
Five years ago: A devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people. Nearly 400 workers were arrested in an immigration raid at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. Irena Sendler, credited with saving some 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, died in Warsaw, Poland, at age 98. Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg died on Captiva Island, Fla, at age 82. Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera turned the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history during the second game of a doubleheader against Toronto. NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would succeed Conan O'Brien as host of "Late Night."
One year ago: At least 100,000 Spaniards angered by grim economic prospects and the political handling of the international financial crisis turned out for street demonstrations, marking the one-year anniversary of a spontaneous movement that inspired similar protests elsewhere. Miami's LeBron James became the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra is 88. Critic John Simon is 88. Composer Burt Bacharach is 85. Actress Millie Perkins is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jayotis Washington is 72. Country singer Billy Swan is 71. Actress Linda Dano is 70. Musician Ian McLagan is 68. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 65. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 65. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 63. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 63. Singer Billy Squier is 63. Country singer Kix Brooks is 58. Actress Kim Greist is 55. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 55. Actor Ving Rhames is 54. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 52. Actor Emilio Estevez is 51. Actress April Grace is 51. Actress Vanessa A. Williams ("Melrose Place") is 50. Country musician Eddie Kilgallon is 48. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 47. Actor Scott Schwartz is 45. Actress Kim Fields is 44. Actress Samantha Mathis is 43. Actress Jamie Luner is 42. Actor Christian Campbell is 41. Actress Rhea Seehorn is 41. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 40. Actress Malin (MAH'-lin) Akerman is 35. Actor Jason Biggs is 35. Actress Emily VanCamp is 27. Actor Malcolm David Kelley is 21. Actors Sawyer and Sullivan Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") are 18.
Thought for Today: "A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do." - Lois Wyse, American advertising executive, author and columnist (1926-2007).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, May 12)
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