May 12


May 28, 2022

May 12 is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 233 days remaining until the end of the year. May 12 is J. V. Snellman's Day and Finnish Day, which is a well-established flagging day in Finland.

Name days

Finnish calendar: Lotta Finnish - Swedish calendar: Charlotta, Charlotte, Lotta, Lotten orthodox calendar: Ilmo, Herman, Hemmo calendar in the Sámi language: Lohcca, Lohttá, Lottá in older calendars: Epiphanius, Gordian, Juhana Vilhelm, Nero, Pancratius


1797 - Napoleon conquers Venice. 1808 - Swedish-Finnish troops recapture Kuopio under Captain Carl Wilhelm Malmi during the Finnish War. 1873 - Oscar II is crowned King of Sweden. 1914 - Hirvensalmi Church was destroyed in a fire. 1918 - In Viapori, the Finnish flag (then still the lion's flag) was raised for the first time, and the fortress was renamed Suomenlinna at the suggestion of Regent Svinhufvud. 1926 - Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, Umberto Nobile and a crew of 13 are the first to fly the airship Norge over the North Pole. 1926 - The general strike in the United Kingdom ends. 1932 - Charles Lindbergh's child is found dead ten weeks after the kidnapping. 1937 - King George VI of the United Kingdom is crowned at Westminster Abbey. 1943 - The last German and Italian troops surrender in Tunis, North Africa. 1949 - A blockade of Berlin is lifted by the Soviet Union. 1965 - Space exploration: Soviet Luna 5 sonar strikes the Moon. 1967 - Stansted is decided to become London's third airport. 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album Are You Experienced is released. 1971 - Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones marries Bianca Perez-Mora Macias in Saint-Tropez. 1972 - Kytjä's triple death: Three young people camped on the shores of Lake Kytäjärvi were found shot dead in Hyvinkää. 1997 - Radio Nova started broadcasting in Finland. 1997 - Russia and the Chechen Republic of Chechnya sign a peace agreement in Moscow. 2001 - For the first time, Estonia won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Everybody” with Tanel Padar and Dave Benton as the backing band and "2XL" as the backing band. 2002 - Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba as the first US President since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. 2005 - Microsoft released the Xbox 360 game console in North America (a day later in Europe and Japan), four days before its rival Sony announced the upcoming release of the PlayStation 3 console. 2007 - For the first time, Finland organized a Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. Serbia won the race. Finland ranked seventeenth. 2008 - Sichuan earthquake in China. 2022 - Finland's NATO debate: Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin express their support for Finland's NATO membership.


1496 - Gustav Eriksson (Gustav of Vaasa), King of Sweden (since 1523) (d. 1560) 1670 - August II Violent, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (d. 1733) 1733 - János Sajnovics, a Hungarian Jesuit and scholar (considered to be the first to prove the kinship of the Finno-Ugric languages) (c. 1785) 1776 - José de la Mar, President of Peru 1827–1829 (d. 1830) 1803 - Justus von Liebig, German chemist (c. 1873) 1806 - Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish philosopher, journalist and statesman (Läran om Staten) (c. 1881) 1812 - Edward Lear, British artist and poet (d. 1888) 1820 - Florence Nightingale, British nurse (c. 1910) 1828 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English painter and poet (d. 1882) 1842 - Jules Massenet, French composer (Werther) (d. 1912) 1845 - Gabriel Fauré, French composer (d. 1924) 1884 - Edvin Ingberg, Finnish actor (c. 1961)