History's February 12
    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.
    2002 The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Miloševi? begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion.
    2001 NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
    2001 9th ESPY Awards: Tiger Woods, Marion Jones win
    2000 31st NAACP Image Awards: "The Best Man" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
    1999 Scientists warn about harmful impacts on health of genetically modified (GM) food
    1999 US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial
    1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt
    1998 Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740
    1998 US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional
    1998 "Freak" opens at Cort Theater NYC
    1998 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
    1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
    1996 4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win
    1995 Dieter Baumann runs European record 3k indoor (7:37.51)
    1995 Susan Auch skates female world record 500m (38.94 sec)
    1995 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)
    1995 PRI loses/PAN wins Mexican regional elections
    1995 Jeff Rouse swims world record 50m backstroke (24.37 sec)
    1995 Moses Kiptanui runs world record 3k indoor (7:35.15)
    1995 Angela Kennedy swims woman's world record 50m butterfly
    1995 45th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 139-112 at Phoenix
    1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
    1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose
    1994 Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m
    1994 17th Winter Olympic games opens in Lillehammer, Norway
    1994 20th century premiere of 6 restored Haydn-sonatas in Boston
    1994 "The Scream" by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1893 pastel version) is stolen in Oslo
    1991 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
    1991 Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
    1989 Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
    1989 Barbara Harris becomes 1st female bishop of a US Episcopal church
    1989 39th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 143-134 at Houston
    1989 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry
    1989 Loyalist paramilitary group kill Pat Finucane, a Belfast lawyer who represented republican hunger striker Bobby Sands, while he is having dinner with family
    1989 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
    1989 5 Pakistani Muslim rioters killed protesting "Satanic Verses" novel
    1989 US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman
    1988 38th Berlin International Film Festival: "Red Sorgum" wins the Golden Bear
    1987 Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages
    1986 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
    1985 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)
    1985 37th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-4 at Calgary
    1984 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
    1984 Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
    1984 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
    1984 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at Olympics
    1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1982 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear
    1982 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record
    1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Bldg, 10m
    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
    1980 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117
    1980 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets
    1980 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
    1979 Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
    1979 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
    1978 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
    1978 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
    1978 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
    1978 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
    1977 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
    1976 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1974 Heads of state of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia discuss oil strategy in view of the progress in Arab-Israeli disengagement
    1973 1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine
    1971 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
    1970 Anthony Shaffer's "Sleuth" premieres in NYC
    1968 25th Golden Globes: In the Heat of the Night, Rod Steiger, & Edith Evans win
    1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
    1967 Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater
    1967 Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting
    1965 Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
    1965 KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
    1964 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen
    1964 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
    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
    1964 Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall)
    1964 End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career
    1963 Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron
    1962 Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia
    1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
    1961 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus
    1961 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days
    1961 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125
    1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
    1958 Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala
    1958 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101
    1957 Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed
    1956 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
    1955 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
    1955 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
    1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
    1955 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
    1954 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
    1953 USSR breaks relations with Israel
    1950 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
    1950 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb
    1949 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
    1949 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
    1949 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
    1949 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
    1948 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps
    1947 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia
    1947 Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands
    1947 French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the "New Look"
    1946 World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats.
    1945 SF selected for site of UN Conference
    1944 Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race
    1943 General Eisenhower departs Algiers for Tebessa
    1942 German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen escape from Brest to Germany in a dash up the English Channel
    1941 Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome"
    1941 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms under Ascher/Cohen
    1938 The first 'Kindertransport' carrying Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany arrives in Britain.
    1938 German troops entered Austria
    1938 Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden
    1938 3rd British Empire Games close in Sydney, Australia
    1937 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
    1935 Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean
    1934 France hit by a general strike against fascists & royalists
    1934 The four-day February Uprising, sometimes called the Austrian Civil War, begins.
    1934 Export-Import Bank incorporates
    1933 German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis
    1932 Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees
    1931 Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ
    1929 Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30)
    1927 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
    1926 Barendrecht soccer team forms
    1925 Estonia bans communist Party
    1925 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress
    1925 E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo
    1924 George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback" premieres in NYC
    1924 George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC
    1921 Soviet troops invade Georgia
    1921 Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies
    1920 -Apr 26] 14,000 Rotterdam/Amsterdam harbor workers strike
    1920 NL votes 6-2 for 1 commissioner AL votes 6-2 to keep group commission
    1916 1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith's strip "The Gumps"
    1915 Adolf Hitler receives the relatively common Iron Cross second class for bravery in World War I
    1914 "The Squaw Man", 1st feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US
    1914 Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    1912 China adopts Gregorian calendar
    1912 Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates
    1909 Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop)
    1909 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)
    1909 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms
    1908 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
    1908 Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female
    1906 George Cohan's musical "George Washington" premieres in NYC
    1901 Dutch Penitentiary children's law proclaimed
    1899 1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC
    1899 -47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record)
    1894 Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20.
    1889 Henrik Ibsen's "Fruen fra Haven" premieres in Oslo
    1889 Caesar Franck's Symphony in D premieres
    1886 2nd British government of Salisbury forms
    1885 Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society
    1882 Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam
    1880 US National Croquet League organizes (Phila)
    1879 News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London
    1879 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Sq Garden, NYC)
    1878 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
    1877 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass
    1877 US 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 US
    1873 US Congress abolishes bimetallism & authorizes $1 & $3 gold coins
    1870 Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada
    1865 Henry Highland Garnet is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps
    1861 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas, during the US Civil War
    1855 Michigan State University was established.
    1850 Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300
    1848 Ballet "Faust" premieres in Milan
    1840 Housatonic Railroad opens
    1839 Aroostoock (or "Pork & Beans) War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick
    1832 Ecuador annexes Galapagos Islands
    1825 Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
    1821 Mercantile Library of City of NY opens
    1818 Chile gains independence from Spain
    1797 Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" premieres in Vienna
    1793 1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves
    1772 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
    1771 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
    1763 John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
    1762 British fleet occupies Martinique
    1733 Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
    1719 The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded.
    1700 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
    1624 English "Happy Parliament commenced
    1577 Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict"
    1554 Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason.
    1541 Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24)
    1528 Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor & ecclesiastical power
    1502 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism
    1502 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India.
    1130 Pope Innocent II elected
    1111 German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome
    1049 Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX
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