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May 12 Today's Highlights in History

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Wednesday, May 12
The 132 day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. (Go to article.)

On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale, the Englishwoman who established nursing as a trained profession for women, was born. Following her death on Aug. 13, 1910, her obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 12, 1877, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Chancellor Otto von Bismarck of Germany. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1820    Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born in Florence, Italy.

1870    Manitoba entered the confederation as a Canadian province.

1907    Actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Conn.

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

1937    Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1949    The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin blockade.

1965    West Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations.

1970    The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

1972    The album "Exile on Main St." by the Rolling Stones was released.

1982    Pope John Paul II was assaulted by a knife-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal. (In 2008, the pope's longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff had been lightly wounded.)

2002    Jimmy Carter became the first present or former U.S. president to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959.

2003    Suicide bombers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 26 people, including nine U.S. citizens.

2003    Fifty-nine Texas House Democrats fled to Ardmore, Okla., to prevent passage of a congressional redistricting bill.

2008    A devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people.

2008    Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg died at age 82.

2009    Five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago's Sears Tower.

2009    Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk was deported from the United States to Germany.

Current Birthdays

Gabriel Byrne turns 60 years old today.

AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actor Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment") turns 60 years old today.

85    Yogi Berra
Baseball Hall of Famer

82    Burt Bacharach
Singer, songwriter

72    Millie Perkins

62    Lindsay Crouse

62    Dave Heineman
Governor of Nebraska

62    Steve Winwood
Rock musician (Traffic)

60    Bruce Boxleitner

60    Billy Squier
Rock musician

55    Kix Brooks
Country singer (Brooks and Dunn)

51    Ving Rhames

48    Emilio Estevez

47    Vanessa Williams

44    Stephen Baldwin

42    Tony Hawk

41    Kim Fields
Actress ("The Facts of Life")

40    Samantha Mathis

32    Malin Akerman

32    Jason Biggs
Actor ("American Pie" movies)

31    Steve Smith
Football player

18    Malcolm David Kelley
Actor ("Lost")

Historic Birthdays

Florence Nightingale

5/12/1820 - 8/13/1910
English nurse; reformed nursing profession and medical care for soldiers
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75    Edward Lear
5/12/1812 - 1/29/1888
English landscape painter and poet

53    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
5/12/1828 - 4/9/1882
English painter and poet

70    Jules Massenet
5/12/1842 - 8/13/1912
French composer; best remembered for his operas

79    Gabriel Faure
5/12/1845 - 11/4/1924
French composer

74    Henry Cabot Lodge
5/12/1850 - 11/9/1924
American statesman; Massachusetts senator from 1893 to 1924

54    Baron Clemens von Pirquet
5/12/1874 - 2/28/1929
Austrian physician; devised a skin test for tuberculosis

71    Lincoln Ellsworth
5/12/1880 - 5/26/1951
American explorer, engineer and scientist

85    Leslie Charteris
5/12/1907 - 4/15/1993
English novelist

84    Dorothy Hodgkin
5/12/1910 - 7/29/1994
English Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1964)

35    Julius Rosenberg
5/12/1918 - 6/19/1953
American engineer;executed with his wife for espionage in 1953

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