On This Day In History, 12 May


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World Events Today

  • Martin Bormann was appointed Chief of the Nazi Party Chancellery today in 1941, 2 days after Rudolf Hess left Germany to parachute into Scotland, to seek a peace deal with Britain
  • The former Catholic priest Juan María Fernández Krohn, tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II today in 1982
  • One of the worst outbreaks of violence in recorded Brazilian history occurred today in 2006 in São Paulo, it was largely orchestrated by Primeiro Comando da Capital, the largest criminal organization in Brazil at the time

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first-ever official cricket County Championship match took place today in 1890, Yorkshire beat Gloucestershire by eight wickets
  • The rock band Wings released the single, Mary Had a Little Lamb, today in 1972

Family Events Today

  • Florence Nightingale, “The Lady with the Lamp” and the founder of modern nursing, was born today in 1820
  • Józef Piłsudski, often considered as the father of the Second Polish Republic which was re-established in 1918, died today in 1935 aged 67
  • The legendary New Zealand rugby union player Jonah Lomu, the youngest ever All Black, was born today in 1975 in Auckland

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Limerick Day

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