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2007Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership

1980Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

1982Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

1921Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies

1938Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden

2013At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league

19964th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win

1999President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

1961Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

1950Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

1958Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

February 12th Historical Events
Date Event
1049
Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg crowned Pope Leo IX 
1111
German King Hendry V arrives at St Peter, Rome 
1130
Pope Innocent II elected 
1502
Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism 
1502
Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage to India. 
1528
Treaty of Dordrecht between emperor & ecclesiastical power 
1541
Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24) 
1577
Spanish land guardian Don Juan of Habsburg signs "Eternal Edict" 
1624
English parliament comes together 
1700
The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark—Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire. 
1719
The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded. 
1733
Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah 
1762
British fleet occupies Martinique 
1763
John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs 
1771
Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden. 
1772
Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India 
1793
1st US fugitive slave law passed; requires return of escaped slaves 
1797
Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," premieres in Vienna 
1818
Chile gains independence from Spain 
1821
Mercantile Library of City of NY opens 
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 
1832
Ecuador annexes Galapagos Islands 
1839
Aroostock War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick 
1840
Housatonic Railroad opens 
1848
Ballet "Faust" premieres, Milan 
1850
Original Washington's Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300 
1855
Michigan State University was established. 
1861
State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, AK (US Civil War) 
1865
Henry Highland Garnet, is 1st black to speak in US House of Reps 
1870
Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada 
1873
Congress abolishes bimetallism & authorizes $1 & $3 gold coins 
1874
King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Is Hawaii, is 1st king to visit US 
1876
Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop 
1877
1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass 
1877
US railroad builders strike against wage reduction 
1878
Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358) 
1879
1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Sq Garden, NYC) 
1879
News about slaughtering of Isandlwana reaches London 
1880
US National Croquet League organizes (Phila) 
1882
Social-Democratic Union forms in Amsterdam 
1885
Carl Peters founds German East-Africa Society 
1886
2nd British government of Salisbury forms 
1889
Caesar Francks Symphony in D, premieres 
1889
Henrik Ibsens "Fruen fra Haven," premieres in Oslo 
1894
Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one and wounding 20. 
1899
-47°F (-44°C), Camp Clarke, Nebraska (state record) 
1899
1st 2-man team 6-day bicycle race in US begins, Madison Square Garden, NYC 
1901
Dutch Penitentiary children's law proclaimed 
1906
George Cohans musical "George Washington," premieres in NYC 
1908
Anna Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to Swarthmore to become all female 
1908
NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel 
1909
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms 
1909
Netherlands' SDAP suspends Marxist Tribune group (Gorter & Wijnkoop) 
1909
Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) 
1912
China adopts Gregorian calendar 
1912
Last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates 
1914
Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC 
1916
1st edition of Joseph Patterson/Sidney Smith strip "Gumps" 
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 
1921
Soviet troops invade Georgia 
1921
Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies 
1924
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC 
1924
George Kaufman's "Beggar on Horseback," premieres in NYC 
1925
1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress 
1925
E Thieffry departs with Handley Page for the Belgian Congo 
1925
Estonia bans communist Party 
1926
Barendrecht soccer team forms 
1927
British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai 
1929
Karst Leemburg wins Dutch 11 cities skate (11:30) 
1931
Vatican Radio begins broadcasting with the callsign HVJ 
1932
Communist Party of Holland forms Unemployed Combat Committees 
1933
German vice-chancellor von Papen demands Catholic aid for Nazis 
1934
Export-Import Bank incorporates 
1934
France hit by a general strike against fascists & royalists 
1934
The Austrian Civil War begins. 
1935
Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean 
1937
Cleveland (now St Louis) Rams granted an NFL franchise 
1938
Austrian chancellor Schuschnigg visits Hitler in Berchtesgaden 
1938
German troops entered Austria 
1941
Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen 
1941
Occupation Police arrest "Jewish Foursome" 
1942
3 German battle cruisers escape via Channel to Brest N Germany 
1943
General Eisenhower departs Algiers to Tebessa 
1944
Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race 
1945
SF selected for site of UN Conference 
1946
World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats. 
1947
Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia 
1947
Record 100.5-kg sailfish caught, C W Stewart, Galapagos Islands 
1948
1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes 1st black in army nursing corps 
1949
"Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 perfs 
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 
1950
Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb 
1950
Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees 
1953
USSR breaks relations with Israel 
1955
McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks 
1955
Pres Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to S Vietnam 
1955
Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan 
1955
WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting 
1956
Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open 
1957
Researchers announce Borazan (harder than diamonds) been developed 
1958
Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101 
1958
Gen Miguel Ydegoras Fuentes elected president of Guatemala 
1960
Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers 
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 yrs 82 days 
1961
USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus 
1962
Bus boycott starts in Macon, Georgia 
1963
Argentina asks extraditon of ex-president Peron 
1964
Beatles 1st NYC concert (Carnegie Hall) 
1964
End of Richie Benaud's 63-Test Cricket career 
1964
US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming 
1964
US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Allen 
1965
KHFI (now KBVO) TV channel 42 in Austin, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1965
Nuclear test at Pacific Ocean 
1967
Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater 
1967
Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs 
1967
Pirate Radio Free Harlem (NYC) begins transmitting 
1970
Anthony Shaffers "Sleuth," premieres in NYC 
1971
Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England 
1973
1st US POWs in N Vietnam released; 116 of 456 flown to Philippine 
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
Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0 
1978
"Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 perfs 
1978
Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic 
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 
1980
"Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances 
1980
NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets 
1980
Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117 
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 Bldg, 10m 
1982
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1982
Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record 
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 
1984
West Indies beat Australia 2-0-1 to win cricket World Series Cup receiving all perfect scores for quality & gold medal 
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 
1986
1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana 
1987
Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7 M damages 
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 US Episcopal church 
1989
Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season 
1989
Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h 
1989
US male Figure Skating championship won by Christopher Bowman 
1991
Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence 
1991
North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition 
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 Scream" stolen (in Oslo) 
1994
Inna Lassovskaya jumps world record 14.90m 
1994
Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose 
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) 
1996
4th ESPY Awards: Cal Ripken, Rebecca Lobo win 
1997
Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement 
1998
"Freak," opens at Cort Theater NYC 
1998
250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt 
1998
Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach 
1998
Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740 
1998
US district judge T Hogan declares line-item veto law unconstitutional 
1999
President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial. 
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 
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 Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. He eventually dies four years later before its conclusion. 
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 DC up to Boston, Massachusetts. The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in New York City. 
2006
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-17 
2007
A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting. 
2007
Marty Schottenheimer is abruptly fired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers due to lack of playoff success and a strained relationship with ownership 
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 
2012
54th Grammy Awards: Rolling In The Deep, Bon Iver wins 
2013
North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized 
2013
At a ceremony in Philadelphia, the NFL pays tribute to the life of the late Steve Sabol and his many contributions to the league 
2014
Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov win the Olympic gold in pairs figure skating 
2016
US and Russia Announce Plan for Humanitarian Aid and a Cease-Fire in Syria 
2016
Pope Francis to have historic meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Church 
2016
Pope Francis nominates 1000 'super confessors' 
2017
North Korea Launches Missile in First Test Since Trump Took Office 
2017
Trump says US behind Japan '100 percent' after North Korea missile launch 
2017
Canada man who beheaded bus passenger granted freedom 
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