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Today in History - February 12 (2 Viewers)

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February 12
1554 - Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days (in 1553), was executed for high treason.

1733 - Led by philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe, the first English colonists arrived in Georgia, at the site of present-day Savannah.

1809 - Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Kentucky.

1818 - Chile proclaimed its independence from Spain.

1870 - The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote. (The right was revoked in 1887.)

1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

1912 - Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Manchu (Ch'ing) dynasty in China, renounced his throne following the establishment of a republic under Sun Yat-sen.

1914 - Groundbreaking took place for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (A year later on this date, the cornerstone was laid.)

1973 - The first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam War took place.

1999 - At his impeachment trial, the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

2000 - Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, died in Santa Rosa, California, at age 77.

2002 - Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague, accused of war crimes (he died in 2006 before the trial could conclude).

2019 - Mexico's most notorious drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was convicted in New York of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. (Guzman is serving a life sentence at the federal supermax prison facility in Florence, Colorado.)

2021 - Lawyers for Donald Trump defended him against impeachment at his Senate trial by accusing Democrats of waging a campaign of "hatred" against the former president and manipulating his words in the lead-up to the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Birthdays
31 - Jennifer Stone (actress)
32 - Abigail Ratchford (model)
34 - Robert Griffin III (football player)
44 - Christina Ricci (actress)
44 - Sarah Lancaster (actress)
45 - Jesse Spencer (actor)
51 - Tara Strong (actress)
56 - Chynna Phillips (singer)
56 - Josh Brolin (actor)
59 - Christine Elise (actress)
59 - Brett Kavanaugh (Supreme Court justice)
60 - Raphael Sbarge (actor)
61 - John Michael Higgins (actor)
68 - Arsenio Hall (talk show host)
70 - Zach Grenier (actor)
71 - Joanna Kerns (actress)
74 - Michael Ironside (actor)
78 - Cliff DeYoung (actor)
88 - Joe Don Baker (actor)

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Today in Sports History - February 12

1879 - he first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1958 - Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics grabs 41 rebounds in a win over the Syracuse Nationals.

1961 - Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics grabs 40 rebounds in a win over the Philadelphia Warriors.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky tied the NHL record for points in a season when he got his 153rd point.

1987 - Bill Fitch became the fifth coach in NBA history to get 700 career wins.

1993 - The San Jose Sharks lost their 17th straight game to tie an NHL record.

2006 - Figure skater Michelle Kwan effectively retired from competition as she withdrew from the Turin Olympics due to injury (she was replaced on the U.S. team by Emily Hughes).

2010 - The opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, got off to a tragic start when a luger from the Republic of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili, dies tragically in a crash during training run.

2023 - The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 to win Super Bowl LVII, their third championship in franchise history.
 

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