February 12


1855 – Michigan State University was established.

1878 – The baseball catcher’s mask was patented by Frederick W. Thayer.

1879 – The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.

1880 – The National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

1892 – President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was declared to be a National holiday.

1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

1915 – The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC.

1918 – All theaters in New York, NY, were shut down in an effort to conserve coal.

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on radio.

1924 – “The Eveready Hour” became radio’s first sponsored network program. The National Carbon Company was the first sponsor of a network show.

1931 – Bela Lugosi starred at Count Dracula when the movie “Dracula” premiered in theaters.

1940 – Mutual Radio presented the first broadcast of the radio play “The Adventures of Superman”.

1963 – Construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO.

1971 – The advertising song “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” was first used by Coca Cola. The song was rewritten and recorded as “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” by The New Seekers and released a few months later in November of 1971.

1973 – The state of Ohio became the first to go metric, posting distance signs in kilometers.

1973 – American Prisoners of War were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.

1985 – Johnny Carson surprised his audience by shaving the beard he had been wearing on “The Tonight Show”.

1989 – Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate. He did not win in the election.

1993 The movie “Groundhog Day”, starring Bill Murray, debuted in theaters.

1997 – The day after the release of his “Earthling” album, David Bowie gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the U.S. Senate on two impeachment articles. The charges were perjury and obstruction of justice.

2001 – The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge.

2001 – The space probe NEAR touched down in the “saddle” region of the asteroid 433 Eros. It was the first time that any craft had landed on an asteroid.

2002 – Kenneth Lay, former Enron CEO, exercised his constitutional rights and refused to testify to Congress about the collapse of Enron.

2004 – Mattel announced that “Barbie” and “Ken” were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.

2008 – The 14-week Writers Guild of America strike finally ended.

2009 – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, NY, while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.

2010 – The remake of the song “We Are The World” premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics.



Bill Russell – 84 years old (1934) – Basketball player

Joe Don Baker – 82 years old (1936) – Actor (“Walking Tall”, “Mitchell”, “Final Justice”, “Fletch”)

Judy Blume – 80 years old (1938) – Author (“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”, “Deenie”, “Blubber”)

Moe Bandy – 74 years old (1944) – Country singer

Maud Adams – 73 years old (1945) – Actress (“The Man with the Golden Gun”, “Octopussy”, “A View to a Kill”)

Cliff DeYoung – 73 years old (1945) – Actor, musician (“Harry and Tonto”, “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case”, “Captains and the Kings”, “The 3,000 Mile Chase”, “Centennial”, “Blue Collar”, “Shock Treatment”)

Steve Hackett – 68 years old (1950) – Guitarist (Genesis)

Michael Ironside – 68 years old (1950) – Actor (“Scanners”)

Michael McDonald – 66 years old (1952) – Musician (The Doobie Brothers)

Joanna Kerns – 65 years old (1953) – Actress (TV’s “Growing Pains”)

Arsenio Hall – 62 years old (1956) – Actor, comedian, talk show host (“Coming to America”, TV’s “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “Star Search”, “Arsenio”)

Christine Elise – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210″, movie ” Child’s Play 2″)

Josh Brolin – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (“No Country for Old Men”)

Chynna Phillips – 50 years old (1968) – Singer, actress (The Mamas and Papas)

Jim Creeggan – 48 years old (1970) – Musician (Barenaked Ladies)

Jesse Spencer – 39 years old (1979) – Actor (TV’s “House”, “Neighbours”, “Chicago Fire”)

Christina Ricci – 38 years old (1980) – Actress (“Black Snake Moan”, “Monster”, “The Opposite of Sex”, “Prozac Nation”, “Buffalo ’66”, “The Ice Storm”, “The Addams Family”)

Casey Abrams – 27 years old (1991) – Singer (Finshed 6th on TV’s “American Idol: Season 10”)



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