May 12th is the day we officially celebrate Nutty Fudge Day and Limerick Day.
Welcome to the 132nd day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 232 days until we reach the new year.
May 12 has a special place in history for advancing humankind, but was also a tragic day that suffered war and devastating disasters. Here you can find interesting facts and historical events that happened on this day.
Did you know that on this day in 1902, 140,000 miners went on strike in Pennsylvania? The miners received a 10% raise and work day reduction from 10 to 9 hours a day.
Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about May 12th in history!
What memorable events happened on May 12 in history? Keep reading to find out!
The Soviet Union’s Luna 5 uncrewed spacecraft crash-landed on the Moon.
Luna 5’s launch on May 9, 1965, went off about as smoothly as Soviet spacecraft launches could at the time, and there were high hopes for it to become the first spacecraft in history to make a soft landing on the Moon. Failures in its guidance system during flight and errors from the ground team during landing led to Luna 5 becoming the second Soviet spacecraft to impact the Moon’s surface.
The first university in the New World, the National University of San Marcos, was founded in Lima, Peru.
At its founding, the university was simply called The University of Lima and was entirely run by Dominican friars. So not only was it the first university to be officially opened in the Americas, but it’s also the oldest continuously running university there too!
Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Tony Hawk. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.
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Malcolm David Kelley
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Every day brings a new quote – here are the most renowned quotes spoken or written on May 12th in history.
There are so many things some old man should tell one about while one is little; for when one has grown up, knowing them would be a matter of course.
Rainer Maria Rilke
If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.
National Nutty Fudge Day
Yeah, alright, so fudge is pretty good, but have you ever stuffed yourself full of nutty fudge before? National Nutty Fudge Day was created to celebrate this deliciously enhanced fudge, and there’s no more perfect way to celebrate it than to try to make some yourself!
National Limerick Day
Limerick Day was created in honor of limericks and also celebrates the birthday of English poet Edward Lear, who helped popularize them. Celebrate today by reading some of Edward Lear’s books, like the Book of Nonsense, or try writing your own limerick!
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Fun Fact Of The Day
There is a statue of Tesla in Silicon Valley that radiates free Wi-Fi. It was done as an homage to his vision for wireless communication.
Birthday & Zodiac
If you were born on May 12th, your zodiac sign is Taurus.
Taurus is the second astrological sign in the modern zodiac. It’s an earth sign represented by the bull.
All those born in May have the Emerald birthstone. The emerald has always been a highly treasured gemstone. The ancient Romans believed Emerald represented Venus, the Goddess of beauty and love.
People born on May 12 were likely conceived on or around August 19 in the previous year.
A baby conceived on May 12th, 2023, will likely be due around February 2nd, 2024.