May 12

This Day in History

1968

50th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral-Balmoral

  The Battle of Coral-Balmoral, an intense, continuous and raging gunfight that drew Australian and New Zealand troops into a lethal vortex beginning on 12 May 1968, turned out to be one of … (more...)

1949

Berlin blockade lifted

On this day, an early battle of the Cold War ends when the USSR lifts its blockade against West Berlin. In June 1948, in an attempt to discourage the Western powers from maintaining the sovereignty … (more...)

1918

100th Anniversary of the birth of Julius Rosenberg

Julius Rosenberg was a citizen of the United States who was born on 12 May 1918, but would die prematurely at the age of only 35, seated on the electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional facility in New … (more...)

1874

The Real McCoy’ Patents Ironing Board

On this day in 1874, African American inventor Elijah McCoy is granted US patent #150,876 for the ironing table, saving housewives hours of back-breaking labour. The resourceful inventor is so … (more...)