(Thursday, May 12, 2005) — Match Point, a drama film about a former tennis pro who falls for a femme-fatal type who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Woody Allen, the film starred Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton.
Video: 'THIRD AVENUE EL - "The Vanishing El" - New York City's last "El" trains.'
(Thursday, May 12, 1955, 6:00 p.m. EDT) — The main portion of the Third Avenue El closed tonight from Chatham Square to East 149th Street in the Bronx, ending the operation of elevated service in Manhattan.
Video: 'Jefferson Starship - May 12, 1975 - Central Park - New York., N.Y.'
(Monday, May 12, 1975, afternoon EDT) — The Jefferson Starship (formerly the Jefferson Airplane) opened the New York summer season for pop music this afternoon with a free concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park. The band and a New York radio station ended up paying $14,000 for damages and park cleanup.
(Wednesday, May 12, 1965) — The Rolling Stones recorded the final version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” considered by some critics to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded, today at RCA Studios in Hollywood.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Satisfaction” in the second spot on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
(Wednesday, May 12, 1965) — West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations today, 20 years after the Hitler regime’s genocide of six million Jews during the Holocaust ended.
Video: 'Vietnam War, The Mayaguez Incident (1975)' (4 videos)
(Monday, May 12, 1975, 2:18 p.m. local time; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and Cold War) — The White House announced today the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters.
U.S. Marines gained control of the ship three days after its seizure, not knowing the 39 civilian members of the crew had already been released by Cambodia.