February 12 Events in History - February 12 Birthdays - February 12 Deaths
2015 Ukraine and Russia negotiate a ceasefire with the support of Germany and France; the agreement calls for an end to fighting, removal of large artillery from the sites of conflict, and greater independence for eastern Ukraine
2014 Twenty-eight years after Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was ousted, the Philippine government recovers $29 million from Swiss accounts, bringing the total Marcos' secret accounts now recovered and in government hands to $712 million
2014 At Sochi, Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win the gold medal in pairs figure skating; the couple is the first to win on home ice since Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber won in 1936
2013 The International Olympic Committee announces that the sport of wrestling has been dropped from the 2020 Summer Olympics
2013 In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the governor of the Riyadh Province, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, member of the House of Saud, dies at age 72
2012 Los Angeles, California's Staples Center hosts the 54th Grammy Awards
2012 At the Grammy Awards, Adele, a British singer, wins awards for the Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year
2011 Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, nearly 5,000 of Algerians protest their regime, calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be removed
2011 Anti-government protesters in Yemen call for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from his regime; Ali has ruled the country since 1978
2010 Houthi fighters and the Yemeni government declare a ceasefire in northern Yemen
2002 Iran Air Tours flight 956 crashes into a mountain in Iran killing 119
1999 Senate acquits President Clinton of lying under oath and obstruction of justice in the Lewinski case
1998 "Freak," opens at Cort Theater New York City
1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die and 50 hurt
1998 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
1998 U.S. district judge T. Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O. J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
1995 45th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 139-112 at Phoenix
1995 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly
1995 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)
1995 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
1995 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
1995 Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k indoor (7:35.15)
1995 PRI loses/PAN wins Mexican regional elections
1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
1995 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
1994 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
1994 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
1994 Edvard Munch's painting "The Cry" stolen (in Oslo)
1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose
1991 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
1991 North and South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
1989 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
1989 5 Pakistani Moslem rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
1989 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
1989 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a U.S. Episcopal church
1989 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick and 10th 40+ goal season
1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, New York-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
1989 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
1986 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is vs. Guyana
1985 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
1985 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket World Series Cup
1984 Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
1984 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at Olympics
1984 West Indies beat Australia 2-0-1 to win cricket World Series Cup receiving all perfect scores for quality and gold medal
1982 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, tieing NHL record
1981 Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN, becomes deputy director of CIA
1981 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
1981 Cape Verde amends its constitution
1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m
1980 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater New York City for 16 performances
1980 New York Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs. Winnipeg Jets
1980 Richard Hadlee becomes New Zealand's top wicket-taker with 117
1979 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
1978 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 96 performances
1978 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
1978 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
1978 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 1st U.S. POWs in North Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
1971 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 and 0 Australia vs. England
1970 Anthony Shaffers "Sleuth," premieres in New York City
1967 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
1965 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1965 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1964 Beatles 1st New York City concert at Carnegie Hall
1964 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career
1964 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
1964 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
1963 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
1962 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
1961 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1961 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 years 82 days
1961 U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 toward Venus
1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
1958 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101
1958 General Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
1957 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 and stays #1 for 10 weeks
1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st U.S. advisors to South Vietnam
1955 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
1955 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 U.S.S.R. breaks relations with Israel
1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
1950 Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
1949 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 1147 performances
1949 Panic in Quito Ecuador, after "War of the World" played on radio
1949 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
1949 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
1948 1st Lt. Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
1947 Daytime fireball and meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
1947 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
1945 San Francisco selected for site of United Nations Conference
1944 Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race
1943 General Eisenhower departs Algiers to Tebessa
1942 3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany
1941 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen
1941 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
1938 Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
1938 German troops entered Austria
1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
1935 Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
1934 Export-Import Bank incorporates
1934 France hit by a general strike against fascists and royalists
1933 German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
1932 Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
1929 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
1927 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
1925 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress
1925 E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
1925 Estonia forbids communist Party
1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at Carnegie Hall (New York City)
1924 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback," premieres in New York City
1921 Soviet troops invade Georgia
1921 Winston Churchill becomes British, minister of Colonies
1920 NL votes 6-2 for 1 commissioner AL votes 6-2 to keep group commission
1916 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith strip "Gumps"
1915 Cornerstone laid for Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
1912 China adopts Gregorian calendar
1912 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates
1909 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
1909 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter and Wijnkoop)
1909 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
1908 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
1908 New York to Paris auto race (via Alaska and Siberia) begins in New York City George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
1907 Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, estimated 150 died
1906 George Cohan's musical "George Washington," premieres in New York City
1901 Dutch Penitentiary children's law proclaimed
1899 -47 degrees F (-44 degrees C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in U.S. begins, MSG, New York City
1889 Cesar Francks Symphony in D, premieres
1889 Henrik Ibsens "Fruen fra Haven," premieres in Oslo
1886 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
1885 Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society
1882 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
1880 National Croquet League organizes in Philadelphia
1879 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, New York City)
1879 News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
1878 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
1877 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston and Salem, Mass
1877 U.S. railroad builders strike against wage reduction
1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
1874 King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit U.S.
1873 Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins
1870 Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for U.S. silver coins to circulate in Canada
1865 Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in U.S. House of Reps
1861 State troops seize U.S. munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas
1850 Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
1848 Ballet "Faust" premieres, Milan
1840 Housatonic Railroad opens
1839 Aroostock War: Boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick
1832 Ecuador annexes Gal pagos Islands
1825 Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
1821 Mercantile Library of City of New York opens
1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
1797 Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," premieres in Vienna
1793 1st U.S. fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
1772 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
1763 John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
1762 English fleet occupies Martinique
1736 Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus (emperor Francois I)
1733 Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
1709 Alexander Selkirk, Scottish seaman is rescued after 4+ years from Fernandez Island (inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe")
1624 English parliament comes together
1577 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
1541 Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24)
1528 Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor and ecclesiastical power
1130 Pope Innocent II elected
1111 German King Hendry V arrives at St. Peter, Rome
1049 Bruno count of Egesheim and Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX