On This Day

Historical Events on February 12 (Part 2)

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  • 2000 31st NAACP Image Awards: "The Best Man" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.

Sport awardSports Awards

2001 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2001 "Ain't Nothing 'bout You" single released by Brooks & Dunn
  • 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

United <b>Nations</b>United Nations

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.
  • 2005 58th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Aviator" Best Film, Mike Leigh Best Director
  • 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.
  • 2006 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 23-17; MVP: Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
  • 2007 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting.

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2007 Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

  • 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo in the state of New York killing 50 people.
  • 2009 40th NAACP Image Awards: "The Secret Life of Bees" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2010 XXI Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, Canada

  • 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
  • 2012 54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins
  • 2012 65th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Artist" Best Film, Michel Hazanavicius Best Director
  • 2013 North Korea allegedly conducts its third nuclear test, saying it was a nuclear device that could be weaponized

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2013 At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol

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2014 Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to ten years in prison

Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin
Mayor of New Orleans
Ray Nagin
  • 2014 Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating

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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

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 2014 Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze of Slovenia tie for gold in the women’s downhill event at 1:41.57s at the Sochi Winter Games; first-ever dead-heat in Olympic alpine skiing
  • 2014 German Nordic combined skier Eric Frenzel wins the 1st of 3 career Olympic gold medals in Individual normal hill/10 km event in Sochi; wins event again Pyeongchang and long hill 4 x 5k relay

BeatificationPapal Visit

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

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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

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 2017 Emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, California threatens to collapse, 180,00 residents ordered to evacuate

Music awardsGrammy Awards

2017 59th Grammy Awards: Adele wins Best Song "Hello" and Best Album "25"

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele
  • 2017 North Korea conducts a solid fuel ballistic missile test from Banghyon air base

Film tv awardsBAFTA Awards

2017 70th British Academy Awards (Baftas): "La La Land" Best Film, Damien Chazelle Best Director, Best Actors Casey Affleck / Emma Stone


  • 2018 American snowboarder Jamie Anderson retains her Olympic slopestyle title (Sochi 2014) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, comfortably ahead of Canada's Laurie Blouin

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2018 Portait paintings of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald are unveiled at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2018 German biathlete Laura Dahlmeier wins her 2nd gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's 10k pursuit; also wins 7.5k sprint gold
  • 2018 Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst becomes first Winter Olympian to win an individual gold medal in 4 straight Games with victory in the 1,500m at Pyeongchang; first speed skater to win 10 Olympic medals
  • 2018 French biathlete Martin Fourcade wins men's 12.5k pursuit gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also wins 15k mass start gold
  • 2018 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage
  • 2018 Oxfam deputy director resigns over charity's failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad
  • 2019 Republic of Macedonia officially changes it name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end long dispute with Greece
  • 2019 WWII aircraft carrier USS Hornet, which sank in 1942 with loss of 140 sailors re-discovery announced by Vulcan Inc. near the Solomon Islands
  • 2019 Australian government loses historic vote on own bill with amendment to allow offshore sick refugees access to healthcare, first loss in 78 years
  • 2019 24 hour general strike in Belgium forces all fights to be cancelled and schools shut

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

2019 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán found guilty of all 10 federal crimes against him in New York after 200 hours of testimony
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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
  • 2019 Hotel fire in New Delhi, India, kills 17
  • 2019 Nasa data shows the world has got greener - 5% more leafier since early 2000s, mostly due to tree planting in China, intensive farming in India
  • 2019 US national debt tops 22 trillion for the first time according to US Treasury
  • 2019 Rare Black panthers spotted for the first time in nearly 100 years in Laikipia County, Kenya
  • 2019 Trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid