WAR, TERRORISM, DISASTERS, FREE, BEHEADED, WOMEN, RACE, CIVIL RIGHTS, ABDICATE, MEMORIALS, CLINTONS, COMICS, GUNMAN, STARTS, FIREBALL, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, VIETNAM, CLASH, BUSTED, RECORDS, THIEF, TABLOID, OJ, BORN, BIRTHDAY, DEATH
1994 Edvard Munch’s painting “The Cry” stolen (in Oslo).
1861 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon AK.
1973 Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.
2003 The U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council.
2007 Car bombs shattered Baghdad’s oldest and largest market, killing at least 78 people.
1998 250-car Italy pile-up due to fog, 4 die & 50 hurt.
1947 Daytime fireball & meteorite fall seen in eastern Siberia.
1998 A federal judge threw out President Clinton’s new line-item veto authority.
1999 The Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.
1876 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop.
1967 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs.
1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgment.
1955 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam.
1878 Frederick Thayer patents the catcher’s mask (pat # 200,358).
1981 Pete Squires sets record for 1575 steps of Empire State Building, 10m.
1994 Model Anna Nicole Smith hospitalized for drug overdose.
1960 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers.
1924 President Calvin Coolidge makes 1st presidential radio speech.
1941 Jewish Council for Amsterdam forms, under Ascher/Cohen; Occupation Police arrest “Jewish Foursome”.
1554 Lady Jane Grey, who’d claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.
1818 Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.
1976 Sal Mineo actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37.
1870 women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote. (However, that right was taken away in 1887).
1908 the first round-the-world automobile race began in New York. (It ended in Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Flyer, declared the winners over teams from Germany and Italy.)
1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.
1912 Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
1915 the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the day after groundbreaking.
1940 The radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
2007 Teen gunman Sulejman Talovic shot nine people, killing five, at a Salt Lake City mall before he was shot and killed by police.
1809 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.
1880 John Llewellyn Lewis union leader (United Mine Workers, 1920-60).
1904 Ted Mack Denver CO, TV host (Original Amateur Hour).
Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 85. Actor Louis Zorich is 84. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 82. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) is 78. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 74. Actor Joe Don Baker is 72. Author Judy Blume is 70. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 69. Country singer Moe Bandy is 64. Actress Maud Adams is 63. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 63. Actor Michael Ironside is 58. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 58. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 56. Actress Joanna Kerns is 55. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 53. Actress Christine Elise is 43. Actor Josh Brolin is 40. Singer Chynna Phillips is 40. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 37. Actor Jesse Spencer (“House, M.D.”) is 29. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 28. Actress Christina Ricci is 28.
1983 Eubie Blake ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 100.
2003 Holiday Inn chain founder Kemmons Wilson died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 90.
February 12, the 43rd day of 2008. There are 323 days left in the year.