February 12 – Today In History
We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 12th.
Today In …
1541 - Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1733 - Georgia (in Savannah) was founded today by James Oglethorpe.
1879 - New York City’s Madison Square Garden became the location for the United States’ first man made ice rink.
1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People or the NAACP was founded.
1915 - Ground breaking began at the site of what was to become the Lincoln Memorial.
1999 - President Bill Clinton was acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice charges.
2002 - The trial of Slobodan Milosevic began at “The Hague”. Milosevic, the former leader of Yugoslavia was accused of war crimes but would die before the trial ended.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Louisa Adams, First Lady and wife of 6th U.S. President, John Quincy Adams, was born in 1775.
Maud Adams who starred in the Bond films “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Octopussy” was born in 1945.
Joe Don Baker the actor who has appeared in such films as “Walking Tall” and “Goldeneye” was born in 1936.
Judy Blume the author of such books as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was born in 1938.
Josh Brolin who has starred in “Into the Blue”, “Grind House” and “Mimic” was born in 1968.
Charles Darwin who developed the theory of Evolution, was born in 1809.
Lorne Greene, the actor who not only appeared as Ben Cartwright on TV’s “Bonanza” and as Commander Adama on the original “Battlestar Galactica” but also had a hit single with the song “Ringo”, was born in 1915.
Arsenio Hall, the actor/comedian and former late night talk show host, who starred in “Coming to America” and “Harlem Nights” was born in 1955.
Michael Ironside who starred in “Top Gun” was born in 1950.
Joanna Kerns, the actress best known for her work on TV’s “Growing Pains” was born in 1953.
Abraham Lincoln who was the 16th President of the United States, was born in 1809.
Ray Manzarek who played keyboards for the rock band The Doors who scored a huge hit with “Light My Fire” was born in 1939.
Michael McDonald former singer for the Doobie Brothers who lent his vocals for the hit single “Takin’ It To The Streets” was born in 1952.
Chynna Phillips one of the singers in the trio “Wilson Phillips” who had hits with the songs “Hold On” and “Impulsive” was born in 1968.
Christina Ricci star of such films as “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Addams Family” was born in 1980.
We Said Goodbye To…
Ethan Allen, a patriot during the American Revolution, passed away in 1789 at the age of 51.
Lady Jane Grey, who claimed the throne of England after the death of Edward VI, was executed by proclamation of Queen Mary in 1554. Jane, who is often referred to as the 9 Day Queen was 17.
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the legendary musician behind the song “I Put a Spell On You” passed away in 2000 at the age of 70.
Tom Landry the NFL coach and football hall-of-famer, passed away in 2000 at the age of 75.
Sal Mineo who starred in such films as “Exodus”, “Giant” and “Rebel Without a Cause” was murdered in 1976 at the age of 37.
James C. Penney, the founder of the J.C. Penney department stores, passed away in 1971 at the age of 95.
Charles Schulz, who created the cartoon “Peanuts” passed away in 2000 at the age of 77. Ironically, the last original “Peanuts” comic strip was scheduled for publication the following day.
Sammi Smith the singer of such songs as “Help Me Make It Through the Night” passed away in 2005 at the age of 61.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1955 - “Sincerely” by the McGuire Sisters
1983 - “Africa” by Toto
1983 - On The Country Charts – “’Til I Gain Control Again” by Crystal Gayle
1994 - “Power of Love” by Celine Dion
2005 - On the Country Charts - “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1878 - Frederick Thayer’s invention was patented today. What item did he invent that is still used in the world of sports? The catcher’s mask!