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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 12

1294   Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
1554   Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
1709   Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
1793   The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
1818   Chile gains independence from Spain.
1836   Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1909   The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
1912   China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
1921   Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
1924   George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
1929   Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
1931   Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game.
1935   The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
1938   Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940   The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1944   Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1949   Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.
1953   The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
1966   The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1972   Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1974   The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
1980   The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987   A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999   The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
Born on February 12
1768   Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor
1775   Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams
1809   Charles Darwin, naturalist and influential theorist of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection).
1809   Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President of the United State (1861-1865).
1828   George Meredith, English poet and novelist.
1857   Eugene Atget, French photographer, took over 10,000 photographs documenting Paris.
1874   Auguste Perret, French architect, pioneer in designs of reinforced concrete buildings.
1880   John L. Lewis, American labor leader.
1893   Omar Bradley, U.S. army general during World War II.

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