February 12th

2013
North Korea confirms it has successfully tested a nuclear device that could be weaponized.
2010
The 2010 Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The games got off to a tragic start when a luger from the Republic of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili, dies tragically in a crash during training run.
2010 Winter Olympics
2009
A commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home, killing all 49 aboard and a person in the house.
Colgan Air Flight 3407
2004
Defying a California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.
San Francisco 2004 same-sex weddings
2002
The trial of Slobodan Milošević begins at The Hague. The former President of Yugoslavia and Serbia died 4 years later, before the trial's conclusion.
Trial of Slobodan Milošević
2001
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
NEAR Shoemaker
2000
Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, died at age 77.
Charles M. Schulz
1999
The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Impeachment of Bill Clinton
1994
Edvard Munch's “The Scream” is stolen. The iconic painting, one of a series of four, was recovered several months later.
The Scream
1973
The first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam war took place.
U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War
1924
George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” premieres. The piece is among Gershwin's best-known compositions and one of the most popular pieces of the symphonic jazz genre.
Rhapsody in Blue
1915
The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
Washington Monument (Baltimore)
1912
The last Emperor of China abdicates at the age of 6. Puyi was expelled from the Forbidden City after a military coup in 1924. He died on October 17, 1967 aged 61.
Puyi
1909
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded in the U.S. The NAACP is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights organizations in the United States.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ...
1870
The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote (revoked in 1887).
Timeline of women's suffrage in the United States
1818
Chile formally proclaimed its independence from Spain.
Chilean War of Independence
1809
Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.
Charles Darwin
1733
Led by philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe, the first English colonists arrived in Georgia, at the site of Savannah.
James Edward Oglethorpe
1700
The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
Kingdom of Prussia
1554
Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
Lady Jane Grey