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12th May

1820 * Florence Nightingale, famous English hospital reformer.

1870 The London Swimming Association drafted the rules of Water Polo.

1870 Manitoba became a province of Canada.

1912 The British liner Lusitania became the victim of a German submarine attack with the loss of 1000 lives.

1935 Alcoholics Anonymous founded by William Wilson in Akron, Ohio USA.

1937 Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London.

1942 * Susan Hampshire, English film actress who appeared in the TV series The Forsyth Saga.

1943 Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.

1945 * Alan Ball, former international England soccer player.

1949 The Soviet blockade that prompted the Berlin airlift was ended.

1951 The first H-bomb tests were carried out at Eniwetok Atoll in the mid-Pacific.

1962 * Emilio Estevez, US film actor.

1971 The Rolling Stones singer, Mick Jagger, married his fiancée Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.

1981 Francis Hughes became the second IRA protester to starve himself to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political status to be granted to IRA prisoners.

1994 The Labour leader John Smith died in a London hospital after two serious heart attacks.

2000 Ford workers at its Dagenham plant reacted with shock and anger at the news that after 70 years car production was to be transferred to Germany and Spain, with the loss of 3,000 jobs.

2003 L. Paul Bremer took over as civil administrator of Iraq.

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