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#TodayInHistory – May 12

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May 12 – Some important events on this day

1215 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ English barons serve ultimatum on King John which eventually leads to the creation and signing of the Magna Carta.
1777 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette) ๐Ÿฆ
1789 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice
1792 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented ๐Ÿšฝ
1888 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale
1940 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Nazi blitzkrieg and conquest of France begins with the crossing of the Muese River
1941 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin
1943 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Axis forces in North Africa surrender
2002 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro’s 1959 revolution.

2008 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Wenchuan earthquake, measuring 7.8 in magnitude occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 87,000, injuring 374,643 and leaving homeless between 4.8 million and 11 million people.