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It happened on a… May 12

2002

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.

1994

“Pulp Fiction”, directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival (Palme d’Or 1994).

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1992

Canada’s largest charter airline, Nationair, declares bankruptcy.

1989

Canadian Olympian Ben Johnson admits to Dubin Inquiry that he has used anabolic steroids to enhance performance.

1984

South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.

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1982

US Football League forms.

1967

“Are You Experienced” album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience first released .

1958

US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

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1937

Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey, London.

1885

In the Battle of Batoche (Saskatchewan), French Canadians rebelled against the Canadian government.

1875

1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0.

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1870

Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.

1792

Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.

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Éphémérides

It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

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1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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Éphémérides

It happened on a… May 18

2020

US President Donald Trump confirms he is taking controversial drug hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19.

2018

All of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal.

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2001

DreamWorks Pictures “Shrek”, starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz in voice-over roles, debuts.

1999

“Millennium” 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released – one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold.

1995

“Braveheart” directed by Mel Gibson and starring Mel Gibson and Sophie Marceau premieres at the Seattle Film Festival (Best Picture 1996).

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1982

Bombardier Inc. wins $1 billion contract to build 825 subway cars for New York; largest-ever export contract for a Canadian manufacturer.

1980

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

1970

Beatles’ last released LP, “Let It Be”, released in US.

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1951

The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

1873

Opening of the St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary in Montreal.

1756

The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

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It happened on a… May 17

2018

Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.

2015

Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco, Texas leaves 9 dead and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime.

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2009

Video game Minecraft is first released to the public while in development.

1990

The General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases.

1973

Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Life”.

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Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.

1964

First Tim Horton’s coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton.

1875

The first Kentucky Derby was run at Louisville, KY.

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1792

The New York Stock Exchange was founded at 70 Wall Street by 24 brokers.

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