Today in History: May 12

Newsmen and spectators are watching as a young man points to the spot where the body of 19-month-old baby Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., was found in a shallow grave, near Mount Rose, N.J., on May 12, 1932. The infant son of world-famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped on March 1, 1932, and found dead today, only four-and-a-half miles away from the Lindbergh estate.  (AP Photo)

In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, New Jersey. Newsmen and spectators are watching as a young man points to the spot where his body was found.  (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in London, on their return from Westminster Abbey, on May 12, 1937, following their Coronation service. (AP Photo)

In 1937, Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned as queen consort. (AP Photo) ((AP Photo))

On the occasion of the ending of the Berlin Blockade, a mass manifestation took place in front of town hall Schoeneberg on May 12, 1949. AP photo shows the happy crowd. (AP Photo)
In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift. On the occasion of the ending of the Berlin Blockade, a mass manifestation took place in front of town hall Schoeneberg. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In this May 12, 1982 file photo Pope John Paul II is seen on his popemobile after he celebrated a mass in Fatima Square, Portugal, May 12, 1982.  The longtime private secretary of the late Pope John Paul II has revealed that the pope was wounded in a 1982 knife attack by a priest in Portugal. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz makes the revelation in "Testimony,'' a movie on John Paul's life that was screened for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.  It was known that John Paul was assaulted by a knife-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal to give thanks for surviving an assassination attempt in 1981, when he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo)

In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the pope’s longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was slightly wounded in the assault.)

In this 1982 file photo Pope John Paul II is seen on his popemobile after he celebrated a mass in Fatima Square. (AP Photo) ((AP Photo))

In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 photo, Royal Canadian Air Force Col. Travis Morehen speaks in the North American Aerospace Defense Command command center inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colo. The U.S. military dug tunnels into the mountain in the 1960s for the command center to protect it from nuclear attack. The facility is now a backup for the main command center at Peterson Air Force Base in nearby Colorado Springs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD is a U.S.-Canada command that monitors the skies over both nations. It is celebrating its 60th anniversary on May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)
In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD). In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 photo, Royal Canadian Air Force Col. Travis Morehen speaks in the North American Aerospace Defense Command command center inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colo. The U.S. military dug tunnels into the mountain in the 1960s for the command center to protect it from nuclear attack. The facility is now a backup for the main command center at Peterson Air Force Base in nearby Colorado Springs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD is a U.S.-Canada command that monitors the skies over both nations. It is celebrating its 60th anniversary on May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott) (AP/Dan Elliott)
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In 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that hurricanes would no longer be given only female names. iStock/Thinkstock (Getty Images/iStockphoto/Guido Amrein)
FILE- In this July 26, 2011 photo, a melting iceberg floats along a fjord leading away from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet near Nuuk, Greenland. Massive ice sheets in western Antarctica and Greenland are melting much faster than scientists figured a quarter century ago. Greenland has lost more than 5 trillion tons since 1992. International talks to fight global warming are set to start in Poland next week. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
In 2014, scientists expressed concern during a NASA news conference over a pair of studies which said the huge West Antarctic ice sheet was starting a glacially slow collapse in an unstoppable way, a melt that could eventually add 4 to 12 feet to current sea levels. FILE- In this July 26, 2011 photo, a melting iceberg floats along a fjord leading away from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet near Nuuk, Greenland. Massive ice sheets in western Antarctica and Greenland are melting much faster than scientists figured a quarter century ago. Greenland has lost more than 5 trillion tons since 1992. International talks to fight global warming are set to start in Poland next week. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) (AP/Brennan Linsley)
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Newsmen and spectators are watching as a young man points to the spot where the body of 19-month-old baby Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., was found in a shallow grave, near Mount Rose, N.J., on May 12, 1932. The infant son of world-famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped on March 1, 1932, and found dead today, only four-and-a-half miles away from the Lindbergh estate.  (AP Photo)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in London, on their return from Westminster Abbey, on May 12, 1937, following their Coronation service. (AP Photo)
On the occasion of the ending of the Berlin Blockade, a mass manifestation took place in front of town hall Schoeneberg on May 12, 1949. AP photo shows the happy crowd. (AP Photo)
In this May 12, 1982 file photo Pope John Paul II is seen on his popemobile after he celebrated a mass in Fatima Square, Portugal, May 12, 1982.  The longtime private secretary of the late Pope John Paul II has revealed that the pope was wounded in a 1982 knife attack by a priest in Portugal. Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz makes the revelation in "Testimony,'' a movie on John Paul's life that was screened for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.  It was known that John Paul was assaulted by a knife-wielding Spanish priest while visiting the shrine of Fatima in Portugal to give thanks for surviving an assassination attempt in 1981, when he was shot by a Turkish gunman in St. Peter's Square. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 photo, Royal Canadian Air Force Col. Travis Morehen speaks in the North American Aerospace Defense Command command center inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colo. The U.S. military dug tunnels into the mountain in the 1960s for the command center to protect it from nuclear attack. The facility is now a backup for the main command center at Peterson Air Force Base in nearby Colorado Springs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD is a U.S.-Canada command that monitors the skies over both nations. It is celebrating its 60th anniversary on May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)
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FILE- In this July 26, 2011 photo, a melting iceberg floats along a fjord leading away from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet near Nuuk, Greenland. Massive ice sheets in western Antarctica and Greenland are melting much faster than scientists figured a quarter century ago. Greenland has lost more than 5 trillion tons since 1992. International talks to fight global warming are set to start in Poland next week. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2019.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.

On this date:

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.

In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, New Jersey.

In 1937, Britain’s King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey; his wife, Elizabeth, was crowned as queen consort.

In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.

In 1955, Manhattan’s last elevated rail line, the Third Avenue El, ceased operation.

In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).

In 1978, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.

In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who attacked Pope John Paul II. (In 2008, the pope’s longtime private secretary revealed that the pontiff was slightly wounded in the assault.)

In 2002, Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba, becoming the first U.S. president in or out of office to visit since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.

In 2003, the Texas House ground to a standstill after 51 Democratic lawmakers left the state in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan. (The Democrats returned four days later from Oklahoma, having succeeded in killing the bill.)

In 2008, a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province left more than 87,000 people dead or missing.

In 2017, dozens of countries were hit with a huge cyberextortion attack that locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom at a multitude of hospitals, companies and government agencies.

Ten years ago: Five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago’s Sears Tower; one man was acquitted. Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk was deported from the United States to Germany. On the second day of his Holy Land tour, Pope Benedict XVI took his message of peace to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Five years ago: Scientists expressed concern during a NASA news conference over a pair of studies which said the huge West Antarctic ice sheet was starting a glacially slow collapse in an unstoppable way, a melt that could eventually add 4 to 12 feet to current sea levels.

One year ago: North Korea said it would dismantle its nuclear test site later in the month, in what analysts described as a mostly symbolic event that wouldn’t represent a material step toward denuclearization. Iraq held its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group; there was a record-low turnout for balloting that saw the political coalition of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr win the most seats in parliament without capturing a majority.

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