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