Today in History, May 12, 1872: Mount Auburn Incline opened

The Main Street Incline, also known as the Mount Auburn Incline, was the first of the city's five inclined-plane railways.

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During the Revolutionary War, the besieged city of Charleston, South Carolina, surrendered to British forces.


The Main Street Incline, also known as the Mount Auburn Incline, opened in Cincinnati.


The body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in woods near Hopewell, New Jersey.


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

Members of the British royal family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after the coronation of King George VI, in this May 12, 1937 file photo. Queen Elizabeth (now the Queen Mother) with crown second left, Princess Elizabeth (now Britain's Queen Elizabeth II) at front center waving. Princess Margaret, front right.


During World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.


The Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift.


The U.S. and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD).


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that hurricanes would no longer be given only female names.

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