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05-12-2012, 04:50 PM
Race car driver A.J. Foyt gets first pro victory, 1957

American Revolution
Americans suffer worst defeat of revolution at Charleston, 1780

Fourth-generation NASCAR driver Adam Petty dies in crash, 2000

Civil War
North and South see bloody day at the Bloody Angle, 1864

Cold War
American ship Mayaguez seized, 1975

Body of Lindbergh baby found, 1932

Forest fire sweeps across China, 1987

General Interest
George VI crowned at Westminster, 1937

Berlin blockade lifted, 1949

Blackmun confirmed to Supreme Court, 1970

Katharine Hepburn born, 1907

Poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti is born, 1828

Bob Dylan walks out on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1963

Old West
Fur trader William Sublette heads west, 1832

Teddy Roosevelt's trip to San Francisco is captured on film, 1903

Ernie Banks hits 500th home run, 1970

Vietnam War
Lyndon B. Johnson visits South Vietnam, 1961

Heavy fighting erupts in A Shau Valley, 1971

World War I
Germany and Austria-Hungary sign pact to exploit Ukraine, 1918

World War II
Hitler backs Rashid Ali in his fight against Britain, 1941

05-12-2012, 08:07 PM
1889 - The recently rebuilt Missouri Pacific Hospital was dedicated under its new name of St. Joseph's Infirmary. In 1930, the institution's name was changed to St. Joseph's Hospital.

1903 - The song "The Eyes of Texas" was first sung. The performance took place at the Hancock Opera House in Austin. The minstrel show benefited the University of Texas track team.

1926 - Commercial aviation began in Texas with inauguration of air mail service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago.

1942 - Northeast of Huntsville, construction began on a German prisoner of war camp.

2003 - In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican's over a congressional redistricting plan.