- 1700 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
- 1912 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates
- 1999 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial
- 2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
- 2013 North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized
World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
On February 12th, 1946