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On this day in history - February 12

What Happened On This Day – February 12

  • 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.

  • 1994 Edvard Munch's “The Scream” is stolen

    The iconic painting, one of a series of four, was recovered several months later.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Births On This Day,
February 12

  • 1877 Louis Renault

    French businessman, co-founded Renault

  • 1876 13th Dalai Lama

  • 1870 Marie Lloyd

    English actress, singer

  • 1809 Abraham Lincoln

    American lawyer, politician, 16th President of the United States

  • 1809 Charles Darwin

    English scientist, theorist

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Deaths On This Day,
February 12

  • 2000 Charles M. Schulz

    American cartoonist

  • 2000 Screamin' Jay Hawkins

    American singer-songwriter, producer, actor

  • 1979 Jean Renoir

    French director

  • 1804 Immanuel Kant

    Russian/German philosopher

  • 1789 Ethan Allen

    American military leader