Tuesday 12 May 1942
It was Tuesday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
This Gun for Hire, directed by Frank Tuttle, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942
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- Saint Epiphanius
- Saint Domitilla
- Day of Finnishness in Finland; Commemoration day of J. V. Snellman.
- International Nurses Day
- Saint Modoald
- Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Thailand - Visakha Bucha. (2006) 
- Israel - Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) for 2005: the observed date of this national holiday is determined by the Jewish Calendar.
- Blessed Imelda
- Saint Pancras (died 304), second of the Ice Saints
- Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church: Saints Achilleus and Nereus
- Saint Joan of Portugal
- Barry B[rookes] Longyear: United States -- Sci-fi author (City of Baraboo).
- Timothy Hugh Brown: Theatre critic.
- Dumitru Dediu: in Romania; cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup).
- Michel Fugain: French musician, singer and composer.
- Ian Dury: English singer-songwriter and actor (The Blockheads and Kilburn and the High Roads) (d. 2000).
- Billy Swan: American songwriter and singer
- Dragoljub Velimirović: Serbian chess player and theoretician (d. 2014)
- Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
- Russia occupies Crackow, until August 23, 1943
- David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine.
- German submarine sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River.
- World War II: Second Battle of Kharkov: in eastern Ukraine, Red Army forces under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko launch a major offensive from the Izium bridgehead, only to be encircled and destroyed by the troops of Army Group South two weeks later.
- Holocaust: 1,500 Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
- WWII The Japanese minelayer Okinoshima is sunk by the American submarine USS S-42 (SS-153).
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