ON THIS DAY: May 12, 2017

May 12th is

Public Gardens Day *

International Nurses’ Day

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Limerick Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Nutty Fudge Day

One Day Without Shoes Day
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MORE! Gabriel Faure, Dorothy Hodgkin and Duke Ellington, click


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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Islam – Shab e-Barat, the night when Allah arranges the affairs of the following year, writing the destinies of all creations for the coming year, taking their past deeds into account

Voudon – “Mangers” pour divers loas

Bangladesh – Shab e-Barat

Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland –
Great Prayer Day

Georgia – Saint Andrew’s Day

Iran – Imam Mahdi’s Birthday

Portugal – Pope Francis Visit/Centennial of Fátima

Thailand – Royal Ploughing Ceremony
(beginning of rice growing season)
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On This Day in HISTORY

907 – Military governor Zhu Wen forces Emperor Ai into abdicating, ending the Tang dynasty after nearly 300 years of rule

1215 – English barons, fed up with high-handed “royal justice” and high taxes, have risen in rebellion against King John, and now present him with an ultimatum: sign the Magna Carta, meant to apply only to the King, the Nobles and the Church, but it becomes an inspiration for more extended liberties over time

1789 – William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in British House of Commons, propounding reasons the slave trade is morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice



1812 – Edward Lear born, English poet and landscape painter



1820 – Florence Nightingale born, English nurse, social reformer and statistician, known as “The Lady with the Lamp” during the Crimean War, considered the founder of modern nursing

1828 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti born, English painter and poet

1832 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore (“The Elixir of Love”) premieres at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan



1845 – Gabriel Faure born, French composer



1849 – Matilda Coxe Stevenson born, American ethnologist, first president of the Women’s Anthropological Society of America

1862 – Louise Phelps Kellogg born, American historian, author and educator; a leading authority on the French and British eras in the Great Lakes region; The British Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest



1870 – Manitoba becomes a province of Canada

1874 – Clemens von Pirquet born, Austrian physician; devised tuberculosis skin test

1898 – Louisiana adopts a new state constitution with a “grandfather clause” designed to eliminate black voters

1900 – Mildred H McAfee born, American educator and first director of the WAVES in the United States Navy, dean of women at Centre College and Oberlin College, president of Wellesley College



1902 – 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners refuse to recognize the UMW, negotiate or submit to arbitration

1910 – Dorothy Hodgkin born, British biochemist; 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, improved X-ray crystallography, confirmed structure of penicillin and discovered the structure of vitamin B12 and insulin

1919 – The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act, which will prohibit Transvaal Indians from owning shares in limited companies

1926 – Dmitri Shostakovitch’s First Symphony premieres in Leningrad



1928 – Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini ends women’s rights in Italy

1930 – Marc Connelly is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Green Pastures, which was the first play with an all-black cast to be performed on Broadway

1933 – The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration are formed to help the needy and struggling farmers

1934 – Duke Ellington’s “Cocktails for Two” is #1 on the charts



1949 – Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India is the first foreign woman ambassador to be received in U.S.

1965 – Israel and West Germany exchange letters beginning diplomatic relations

1965 – The Rolling Stones record their song “Satisfaction”



1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their debut album Are You Experienced



1968 –The “Poor People’s March” led by Reverend Ralph Abernathy reaches Washington DC, a multiracial demonstration for economic and human rights

1977 – The Eagles album Hotel California, released in 1976, goes gold



1982 –Novelist John Updike is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Rabbit is Rich



1999 – Sir David Steel becomes the first Speaker of the modern Scottish Parliament

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

2008 – The first Public Gardens Day * is sponsored by American Public Gardens Association

2012 – The discovery of a missing Mayan calendar piece disproves 2012 Armageddon.

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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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