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This Day In History: Feb. 12

Today is the 43rd day of 2008 and the 53rd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1554, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded. In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York City. In 1999, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton on both impeachment counts against him, the first 55-45 against conviction, the second 50-50. In 2002, former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial for crimes against humanity.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president; Charles Darwin (1809-1882), scientist; Franco Zeffirelli (1923- ), director, is 85; Bill Russell (1934- ), basketball player, is 74; Judy Blume (1938- ), writer, is 70; Arsenio Hall (1955- ), actor/comedian, is 53; Christina Ricci (1980- ), actress, is 28.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1878, Harvard baseball player Frederick Thayer patented the catcher's mask.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Truth is generally the best vindication against slander." - Abraham Lincoln

TODAY'S FACT: Charles Darwin replaced Charles Dickens on Britain's 10-pound note in 2000, reportedly in part because Darwin's imposing beard would make forgery difficult.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 9 - days Lady Jane Grey was queen of England before she met her demise.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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