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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 12th May”.

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1459: Jodhpur was found

Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, a Rajput warrior ruler. It holds a prominent position in Indian history as well, from Rajputana rule to the rule of Mughals. On its 554th founder’s day, Jodhpur got a statue as a remembrance of its founder. 

Source – Tripadvisor

1820: Birth of Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale, known as Lady with the Lamp was a British nurse who was in charge of nursing during the Crimean war. Her efforts were instrumental in the formation of the first scientifically based nursing school. International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on this day to celebrate Nightingale and the contribution of Nurses in the medical field. 

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Florence Nightingale
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1926: First flight over the North Pole

It was in 1926 that an airship flew over the North Pole for the very first time. The Norge expedition was led by Roald Amundsen and piloted by Umberto Nobile, along with 13 others in the airship. 

Source – Fram Museum

1937: Birth of George Carlin

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born in New York on this day.  A well-known and significant comedian who started his career as a radio disc jockey. He was arrested for performing his, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”. He released more than 20 comedy albums and starred in 14 HBO television specials.

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George Carlin
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1949: First foreign woman ambassador received in the USA 

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit led the Indian delegation to the United States. She also served as the ambassador to Moscow, Mexico and Washington. She was also the first woman to be elected president of the UN General Assembly.

Vijay Lakshmi Pandit
Source – The Print
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