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This Day In History: Feb. 12

This Day in History

1733: James Edward Oglethorpe founds the colony of Savannah, in what is now Georgia.
1817: The Battle of Chacabuco, the first major battle of the Chilean War of Independence against Spain, is a victory for the independence forces.
1909: The NAACP is founded by W. E. B. DuBois and others to fight against lynching and other types of racial oppression.
1914: Work begins on the Lincoln Memorial in Potomac Park, Washington, D.C.
1955: The United States agrees to help train the South Vietnamese army.
1973: North Vietnam frees the first group of U.S. prisoners of war, who are flown to the Philippines.
1998: A district judge declares the Line-Item Veto Act unconstitutional.
1999: Pres. Bill Clinton is acquitted by the U.S. Senate on both articles of impeachment voted by the House.
2002: Prosecutor Carla del Ponte makes her opening remarks in the war crimes trial of former Serbian Pres. Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague, Netherlands.
2004: The city of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Scientists at Seoul National University in South Korea announce the first successful cloning of human embryos. The research is later determined to be fraudulent.:

Today's Birthdays

1809: Charles Darwin, naturalist (Shrewsbury, England; died 1882). Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States (Hardin County, KY; died 1865).
1880: John L. Lewis, labor leader and head of the UMW (Lucas, IA; died 1969)
1881: Anna Pavlova, ballerina (St. Petersburg, Russia; died 1931)
1898: Roy Harris, composer (Chandler, OK; died 1979)
1923: Franco Zeffirelli, director (Florence, Italy)
1926: Joe Garagiola, baseball player and sportscaster (St. Louis, MO)
1934: Bill Russell, basketball player (Monroe, LA)
1936: Joe Don Baker, actor (Groesbeck, TX)
1938: Judy Blume, children's author (Elizabeth, NJ)
1942: Ehud Barak, fmr. Israeli Prime Minister (Mishmar Ha-Sharon Kibbutz, Israel)
1953: Joanna Kerns, actress (San Francisco, CA)
1952: Michael McDonald, singer (St.Louis, MO)
1955: Arsenio Hall, TV personality and actor (Cleveland, OH)
1968: Chynna Phillips, singer (Los Angeles, CA). Josh Brolin, actor (Los Angeles, CA):
1980: Christina Ricci, actress (Santa Monica, CA)

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