Friday, February 12, 2010
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 12, 2007
Thursday, February 12, 2004
City officials in San Francisco, California, start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, performing the first known civil marriage of a same-sex couple in the U.S. by marrying a lesbian couple, gay rights activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Over 80 couples whisked through quick ceremonies.//story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=storycid=519e=2u=/ap/gay_marriage_calif
Controversy erupts in Canada over a segment of Conan O'Brien's NBC television talk show, filmed in Quebec City and shown to a studio audience in Toronto, featuring his character Triumph the Insult Dog making ethnic insults against French-Canadians, including telling them to speak English. The Canadian government condemns the comments. The Government of Ontario, which had paid to sponsor the taping of four episodes of the show in Toronto to promote the city, also distances itself from the comments.
gets hit by a major blizzard which blankets the entire city for days, causing widespread havoc.
Monday, February 12, 2001
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the saddle region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
The NEAR Shoemaker
spacecraft touches down in the saddle region of 433 Eros
, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
Saturday, February 12, 2000
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Tom Landry, Charles M. Schulz, and Oliver die, of unrelated causes.
Friday, February 12, 1999
Across Europe, Kurd
ish rebels take over embassies and hold hostages after Turkey
arrests one of their rebel leaders.
Friday, February 12, 1993
Two-year-old James Bulger is abducted, tortured and murdered by two 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Both are later charged. See Murder of James Bulger
Monday, February 12, 1990
Represenatatives of NATO and the Warsaw Pact meet in Ottawa for an Open Skies conference. The conference results in agreements about superpower troop levels in Europe and on German reunification.
Friday, February 12, 1988
Anthony M. Kennedy is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Monday, February 12, 1979
Prime Minister Hissène Habré starts the Battle of N'Djamena in an attempt to overthrow Chad's President Félix Malloum.
Monday, February 12, 1973
Ohio becomes the first U.S. state to post distance in metric on signs (see Metric system in the United States).
Monday, February 12, 1968
Saturday, February 12, 1966
Friday, February 12, 1965
Tuesday, February 12, 1963
Sunday, February 12, 1961
Saturday, February 12, 1955
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends the first U.S. advisors to South Vietnam.
Thursday, February 12, 1953
Monday, February 12, 1951
Saturday, February 12, 1938
Monday, February 12, 1934
Thursday, February 12, 1931
Sunday, February 12, 1928
Heavy hail kills 11 in England.
Saturday, February 12, 1927
The first British troops land in Shanghai.
Friday, February 12, 1926
The Irish minister for Justice, Kevin O'Higgins, appoints the Committee on Evil Literature.
Tuesday, February 12, 1924
Friday, February 12, 1915
In Washington, D.C. the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
Monday, February 12, 1912
Sunday, February 12, 1905
Sunday, February 12, 1899
Saturday, February 12, 1898
The electric car belonging to Henry Lindfield of Brighton runs away on a hill in Purley, London, England, and hits a tree thus he becomes the world's first fatality from an automobile accident on the public highway.ref name=Pocket On This Day
Monday, February 12, 1894
French anarchist Émile Henry set off a bomb in a Parisian cafe, killing one person and wounding twenty.
February 12 The bark the 'Elisabeth Rickmers' of Bremerhaven, is wrecked at Haurvig, Denmark, fortunately, all crew and passengers are saved.
Wednesday, February 12, 1879
At New York City's Madison Square Garden, the first artificial ice rink in North America opens.
Wednesday, February 12, 1873
Former foreign minister Emilio Castelar
becomes prime minister of the new Spanish Republic.
Saturday, February 12, 1870
Monday, February 12, 1855
Michigan State University (the pioneer land-grant college) is established.
Saturday, February 12, 1853
Wednesday, February 12, 1851
Edward Hargraves claims to have found gold in Australia.
Saturday, February 12, 1825
Thursday, February 12, 1818
Wednesday, February 12, 1817
President James Madison vetoes John C. Calhoun's Bonus Bill.
Battle of Chacabuco: The Argentine/Chilean patriotic army defeats the Spanish.
Saturday, February 12, 1814
Wednesday, February 12, 1812
authorizes the usage of "Mesures usuelles", the basis of the Metric System.
Wednesday, February 12, 1772
Monday, February 12, 1742
Sunday, February 12, 1736
Thursday, February 12, 1733
April ndash Royal Colony of North Carolina Commissioners John Watson, Joshua Grainger, Michael Higgins and James Wimble plan the town of New Carthage (which would eventually become Wilmington, North Carolina on the east side of the Cape Fear River).
Friday, February 12, 1700
Friday, February 2, 1554 (Julianian calendar)
After claiming the throne of England the previous year, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason alongside her husband.
Tuesday, February 2, 1552 (Julianian calendar)
Pedro de Valdivia founds the city of Valdivia as "Santa María la Blanca de Valdivia" in Chile.
Wednesday, February 2, 1541 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, February 3, 1473 (Julianian calendar)
Marsilio Ficino becomes a Catholic priest.
Possible discovery of Bacalao (possibly Newfoundland, North America) by Didrik Pining and João Vaz Corte-Real.
Thursday, February 3, 1429 (Julianian calendar)
battle of Rouvray (or of the Herrings): English forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army of William de la Pole, 4th Earl of Suffolk at Orléans from attack by the Comte de Clermont and John Stewart.
Tuesday, February 4, 1354 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, February 6, 1049 (Julianian calendar)