Holidays Calendar for May 12, 2016

Saint Andrew the First-Called Day is one of the important religious holidays in Georgia. This holiday is annually observed on May 12.

Every year the nurses around the globe celebrate their professional holiday International Nurses Day on May 12. This holiday is dedicated to all nurses and marks their contributions to the society.

Environmental Education Day is observed on May 12 in Russia and other CIS countries. This annual ecological observance was established in 1991 to emphasize the importance of environmental knowledge in all sciences and fields of human activity.

Day of the Finnish Identity is observed in Finland on May 12 each year. It commemorates the birthday of Johan Vilhelm Snellman, an influential philosopher and statesman.

Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day, is observed in Israel on the 4th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. It was initially dedicated to the fallen soldiers of Israel, but commemoration has been extended to victims of terrorism.


Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two entities – the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both entities have their own holidays. For instance, the Republika Srpska annually observes Army Day on May 12.

May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day. There is something special about the nutty fudge, and today you have a perfect excuse to indulge in this sweet delight.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: H. R. Giger, Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer who designed, among other things, the Alien creature from Ridley Scott's film Alien.
  • 2008 The Great Sichuan Earthquake occurred in the Chinese province of Sichuan, killing 69,195 people and living 18,392 missing. More than 370,000 people were injured.
  • 2008 Died: Robert Rauschenberg, American artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. He coined the phrase "combine painting".
  • 2008 Died: Irena Sendler, Polish nurse and social worker who smuggled about 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II.
  • 2006 In São Paulo, Brazil, the worst outbreak of violence in the Brazilian history began. It started after 40 police officers were killed by gang violence.
  • 1998 At Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia, four students were shot by soldiers at a demonstration demanding President Suharto's resignation.
  • 1994 Died: Erik Erikson, German-born American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who is best known for coining the term "identity crisis".
  • 1983 Born: Alina Kabaeva, Russian retired rhythmic gymnast who won 2 Olympic medals, 14 world championship medals and 25 European championship medals.
  • 1970 Died: Nelly Sachs, Jewish German poet and playwright who was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature, sharing it with Shmuel Yosef Agnon.
  • 1968 Born: Catherine Tate, English comedian, actress, and screenwriter best known for her award-winning sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show.
  • 1966 Born: Stephen Baldwin, American actor, director, producer, author, political and religious activist, the youngest of the Baldwin brothers.
  • 1949 The Soviet Union lifted its blockade on Berlin. The Berlin blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War.
  • 1944 Died: Max Brand (pen name of Frederick Schiller Faust), American writer best known for his thoughtful and literary Western novels.
  • 1937 At Westminster Abbey, the Duke and Duchess of York were crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
  • 1935 Died: Józef Piłsudski, Polish politician, statesman, and field marshal who served as Chief of State of the Second Republic of Poland from 1918 to 1922.
  • 1926 A general strike began in the United Kingdom. It was organized by the general council of the Trades Union Congress. The strike turned out unsuccessful.
  • 1926 The semi-rigid Italian-built airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole. This trip was known as the Amundsen-Ellsworth 1926 Transpolar Flight.
  • 1925 Died: Amy Lawrence Lowell, American poet of the imagist school who was posthumously awarded the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
  • 1918 Born: Mary Kay Ash (born Mary Kathlyn Wagner), American businesswoman known for having founded Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1963.
  • 1910 Born: Dorothy Hodgkin, British biochemist who was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her technique of X-ray crystallography.
  • 1907 Born: Katharine Hepburn, American actress whose career spanned more than six decades. She received four Academy Awards for Best Actress, which is a record.
  • 1895 Born: William Giauque, American chemist who was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to chemical thermodynamics.
  • 1884 Died: Bedřich Smetana, Cezch composer who is widely regarded as the father of Czech music. He is known for his symphonic cycle Má vlast.
  • 1860 Died: Charles Barry, English architect best known for rebuilding the Palace of Westminster after the previous bulging was burnt down.
  • 1828 Born: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet, translator, illustrator, and painter primarily remembered for having founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
  • 1820 Born: Florence Nightingale, English nurse and social reformer who founded modern nursing by establishing her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London.
  • 1812 Born: Edward Lear, English poet, writer, artist, and illustrator primarily remembered for his literary nonsense and especially his limericks.
  • 1780 During the American Revolutionary War, the Siege of Charleston ended when Continental Army Major General Benjamin Lincoln had to surrender.
  • 1551 In Lima, the National University of San Marcos was officially established by a royal decree. It is the oldest university in the Americas.
  • 1364 In Kazimierz (now a district of Kraków), Poland, the Jagiellonian University was established by Casimir III the Great. It is the oldest university in Poland.