2021 May

May 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 12

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 233 days until we reach the new year.

If you were born on May 12th, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

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 interesting facts about May 12th in history!

What Happened On May 12 In History?


The US Commerce Department decided that hurricane names will no longer be only female.


The first-ever quadraphonic concert was held.

When Pink Floyd performed the Games for May concert in London, they were the first to perform a quadraphonic concert. Some effects included band members chopping up wood on stage and a bubble machine.

Jimi Hendrix released “Are You Experienced,” considered to be one of the most influential debut albums ever.


The United States and Canada formed NORAD – the North American Air Defense Command.


The first confirmed trip to the North Pole was carried out by the Norge, a semi-rigid Italian-built airship.


National Hospital Day was first observed.

OTD in 1921: National Hospital Day was first observed.
Originally starting as a one day holiday, National Hospital Day turned into a week long holiday in which to educate the public about medical care. The original day was celebrated on what would have been Florence Nightingale's 101st birthday.

After encountering much difficulty, Nathan Stubblefield was finally granted a US patent for his new version of a wireless telephone.


140,000 miners went on strike in Pennsylvania.

OTD in 1902: 140
They went on strike for higher wages, shorter workdays, and the recognition of their union.

The first ever cricket County Championship started, finishing with Yorkshire beating Gloucestershire.


The Society of St. Tammany was formed by Revolutionary War soldiers.

The Society of St. Tammany went on to become a powerful Democratic Party that controlled New York City and state politics. The group went defunct in the 1960's after bribery in the group was exposed.

Did you know that on this day, May 12th 1902, 140,000 miners went on strike in Pennsylvania?