Paul Begala Born, SS Mayaguez Seized, Jimmy & Fidel Meetup

On This Progressive Day: May 12
A nine-day general strike by trade unions ends in the U.K. (1926)

National German Socialist Workers Party officials order 1,500 Jews to gas chambers in Auschwitz (1942)

The Cambodian Navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters (1975)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming first POTUS, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution (2002)

The Riyadh compound bombings, carried out by al-Qaeda, kill 26 people (2003)

President B. Hussein Obama holds a confab and joint press conference with fellow Islamist, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan (2010)

b: Kurt Student (1890), Fidel Velázquez Sánchez (1900), Paul Begala (1961); d: James Connolly (1916), Albert Hänel (1918), Felix Steiner (1966), Khalid al-Juhani (2003), Syd Hoff (2004)

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