Today in History: May 12th

2002: Former President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro. Carter is the first president, current or past, to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

1990: The separatist Bloc Québécois party is formed under the leadership of Lucien Bouchard, after several MPs from Quebec leave the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives.

1987: Firefighters finally contain a giant fire sweeping eastward across China, but not before 193 people are killed. The fire begins a week earlier, and from the start, authorities mishandled the blaze, failing to contain it while the size was still manageable. The Forestry Minister was later fired for the incompetent firefighting response.

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