This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004

In Alaska

• In 1932, the roundhouse shops of the White Pass Railroad burned at Skagway.

In the nation

• In 1733, English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.

• In 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

• In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.

• In 1892, President Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.

• In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

• In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.

• In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.

• In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted on the Mutual network with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

• In 1968, "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver was first published.

• In 1994, President Clinton signed an $8.6 billion relief package for victims of the Northridge earthquake in southern California.

• In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. Clinton told Americans he was "profoundly sorry" for what he'd said and done in the Monica Lewinsky affair that triggered it all.

In the world

• In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.

• In 1973, the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

• In 1994, the 17th (XVII) Winter Olympic Games opened in Lillehammer, Norway.

• In 2003, the U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council. India conducted its fourth missile test of 2003, firing a supersonic cruise missile capable of hitting major cities in Pakistan.

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