Friday, February 12, 2016

Today in History: Friday, February 12, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
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On this date in:
1554Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.
1733English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.
1809Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.
1870Women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.
1909The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.
1912Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
1915The cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.
1924George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York City.
1999The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Audio LinkChief Justice William Rehnquist announces the results of the vote.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
2000Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, died at age 77.
2002The war crimes trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic began in The Hague.
2004Defying a California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples.
2009A commuter plane crashed into a suburban Buffalo, N.Y., home, killing all 49 aboard and a person in the house.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III turns 26 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Franco ZeffirelliDirector93
Joe GaragiolaSportscaster90
Bill RussellBasketball Hall of Famer82
Joe Don BakerActor80
Steve HackettRock musician (Genesis)66
Michael McDonaldSinger (The Doobie Brothers)64
Joanna KernsActress ("Growing Pains")63
Arsenio HallTalk show host60
Chynna PhillipsSinger (Wilson Philips)48
Jesse SpencerActor ("House")37
Christina RicciActress36
Actor Josh Brolin turns 48 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
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