On This Day in History for February 12 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 161 of 161

  • 1963 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
  • 1964 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 1964 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
  • 1964 Fighting breaks out between Turks and Greeks over dispute islands in Cyprus and 16 are killed; the UN responds the following month by sending a peacekeeping force
  • 1965 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean

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1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • 1967 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
  • 1970 Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth" premieres in NYC
  • 1973 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
  • 1974 Heads of state of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia discuss oil strategy in view of the progress in Arab-Israeli disengagement
  • 1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1978 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • 1978 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • 1979 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • 1979 Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
  • 1981 Admiral Bobby R Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • 1981 Cape Verde amends its constitution
  • 1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1984 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • 1987 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
  • 1988 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1989 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • 1989 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • 1989 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • 1989 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
  • 1989 Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
  • 1991 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
  • 1994 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston

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1994 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • 1995 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly
  • 1995 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)
  • 1995 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
  • 1995 Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k indoor (7:35.15)
  • 1995 PRI loses/PAN wins Mexican regional elections
  • 1995 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
  • 1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • 1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
  • 1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
  • 1998 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional

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1999 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1999 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
  • 2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  • 2002 US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States' nuclear waste repository.
  • 2002 An Iran Air Tupolev Tu-154 crashes prior to landing in Khorramabad, Iran, killing 119.

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2002 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2004 The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  • 2006 A powerful winter storm blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1 to 2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City.
  • 2007 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.
  • 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.
  • 2012 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is re-elected president of Turkmenistan with 97% of the vote
  • 2012 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2013 North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized
  • 2014 Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
  • 2016 Pope Francis begins his visit to Mexico, arriving at “Benito Juarez” International Airport in Mexico City
  • 2016 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years
  • 2016 Fiji becomes the first country to ratify the UN climate deal (signed Paris, December 2015)
  • 2016 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • 2016 Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar is arrested on “anti-nationalism” charges by Indian police at an anniversary event of the death of Afzal Guru, at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 114 of 114

  • 1961 Jim Harris, Canadian politician
  • 1963 Ed Lover, American radio personality
  • 1966 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • 1967 Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist
  • 1968 Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)
  • 1969 Shauna Lyn Searles, Miss California USA (1996)
  • 1969 Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer
  • 1970 Judd Winick, writer and artist
  • 1971 Tracy Kennick, Miss Utah USA (1996)
  • 1974 Fonzworth Bentley, American hip-hop artist
  • 1978 Silver Meikar, Estonian politician
  • 1979 Antonio Chatman, National Football League runningback
  • 1983 Carlton Brewster, National Football League player
  • 1991 Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah, prince of Bahrain (d. 2006)

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

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