What Happened on February 12

Significant Events

  • 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
  • 1947 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
  • 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 allegedly conducts its third nuclear test, saying it was a nuclear device that could be weaponized
More Historical Events

February 12 in Film & TV

  • 1914 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US

February 12 in Music

  • 1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at influential concert "Experiment in Modern Music" held by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra at the Aeolian Hall, NYC

February 12 in Sport

  • 1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo

Did You Know?

Henry Highland Garnet becomes the 1st African American minister to preach to the US House of Representatives, he talks about the end of slavery

On February 12, 1865


Would You Believe?

Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

On February 12, 2016

Famous Weddings

  • 1736 Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus (emperor Francois I)
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