Today in History, February 12th

By | February 12, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 12th!

1294 Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
1554 Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
1709 Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.Alexander-Selkirk
1733 English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.
1793 The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
1809 Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.
1818 Chile gains independence from Spain.
1836 Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1870 Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.
1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed. NAACP
1912 China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
1915 The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
1921 Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
1924 George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Bluepremieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
1929 Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
1931 Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game.
1935 The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
1938 Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940 The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1944 Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1949 Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.Hassan-el-Banna
1953 The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
1966 The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1972 Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1974 The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
1980 The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987 A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999 The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
2000 Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, died at age 77.
2002 The war crimes trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic began in The Hague.
2004 Defying a California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.
2009 A commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home, killing all 49 aboard and a person in the house.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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