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This Day In History May 12

 This Day In History1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.

1864 – US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.

1890 – Louisiana legalized prize fighting.

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

1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield.

1921 – National Hospital Day 1st observed.

1932 – Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ.

1934 – “Cocktails For Two” by Duke Ellington hits #1.

1942 – 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz.

1958 – “Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu” by Dicky Doo and The Don’ts hits #40.

1960 – Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special.

1968 – “March of Poor” under Rev. Abernathy reach Washington, DC.

1970 – Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run.

1978 – US Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female.

1979 – Chris Evert’s 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end.

1989 – “Entertainment Tonight” makes 2,000th TV performance.

1993 – Last broadcast of “Knot’s landing” on CBS.

2002 – Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

2003 – Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.

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