On This Day

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

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Argentina requests the extradition of ex-president Juan Perón

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 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
  • 1967 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
  • 1970 Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth" premieres in NYC
  • 1973 1st US POWs in North Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines
  • 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
  • 1977 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, finishes in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 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 Building, 10m
  • 1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages

BoatCold War Bumping Incident

1988 US Navy frigate USS Yorktown bumped by Russian frigate Bezzavetny in the Black Sea in dispute over right of innocent passage

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Soviet frigate Bezzavetny (right) bumping USS Yorktown in the Black Sea in 1988
Soviet frigate Bezzavetny (right) bumping USS Yorktown in the Black Sea in 1988
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  • 1989 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
  • 1989 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
  • 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
  • 1991 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition

Person of InterestThe Scream

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

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • 1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
  • 1995 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly
  • 1995 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
  • 1995 PRI loses and PAN wins Mexican regional elections
  • 1995 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
  • 1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740

Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel Andrew Grove
Semiconductor Pioneer and CEO of Intel
Andrew Grove
  • 1998 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional

USAImpeachment Trial of Bill Clinton

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

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Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
Tickets issued to former President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty
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  • 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

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 Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • 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 allegedly conducts its third nuclear test, saying it was a nuclear device that could be weaponized

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 2017 North Korea conducts a solid fuel ballistic missile test from Banghyon air base

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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
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  • 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
  • 2021 Tokyo Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori resigns after his comments that talkative women made meetings “drag on too long”

Birthdays in History

  • 1965 Brett Kavanaugh, American judge, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Boty Goodwin, British artist (d. 1995)
  • 1967 Chris McKinstry, Canadian computer scientist, born in Winnipeg, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1968 Christopher McCandless, American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild, born in El Segundo, California (d. 1992)
  • 1969 Darren Aronofsky, American director and writer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Judd Winick, American writer and artist, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1974 Fonzworth Bentley, US hip-hop artist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1978 Silver Meikar, Estonian human rights activist and politician, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • 1991 Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa, prince of Bahrain, born in Riffa, Bahrain (d. 2006)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History