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Thursday, May 12, 2005

This Day in History.
  • 254 - Stephan I replaces Lucius I as Catholic Pope
  • 1792 - Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented
  • 1847 - Odometer invented
  • 1905 - Tigers 3B Bill Coughlin pulled off the hidden ball trick on Boston's Hobe Ferris in the second inning of the game which Detroit won, 8-1.
  • 1932 - Over two months after he was kidnapped, American aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby is found dead; Lindbergh had paid the ransom on April 2; Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney.
  • 1938 - Sandoz Labs manufactures LSD
  • 1949 - Soviet blockade of Berlin lifted.
  • 1963 - Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, marries his fiancee Bianca Perez Morena de Macias after a row with the media nearly halts proceedings.
  • 1985 - Lionel Richie received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama (his alma mater).
  • 2003 - Ari Fleischer said in a press briefing, "I think, slowly but surely, people are seeing telltale signs that back up the confidence that the administration has for why we maintained Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that underscore our ultimate confidence that they're eventually being found."
Notable birthdays
  • 1670: August II, the Strong One, King of Poland
  • 1820: Florence Nightingale
  • 1910: Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, determined structure of vitamin B12 using X-rays
  • 1969: Kim Fields Freeman (Tootie on "Facts of Life")

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