What Happened on February 12th?

What important event happened on February 12th?  My parents will tell you that the most important thing that happened in their world on this date was me.  Yep.  It’s my birthday.

Lori child photo

This is me at 15 months.  I don’t have a good quality newborn photo.

I was born in the wee hours of the morning to my wonderful parents, young and handsome, Ray, and younger and very pretty, Bette, in a small town in central Utah.  My uncle Dean wanted them to name me Abby Lynn since it is also the birthdate of Abraham Lincoln, and he always called me that when I was young even though it’s not my name.  In fact, he still calls me Abby Lynn when I see him.

When I was thinking about today, I started wondering what else happened on this date.  I remember a long time ago I received a birthday card listing some eventful trivia that occurred, but I don’t remember any of them so I did a computer search and here is a bit of what I learned.

On February 12th




1541 – Santiago, Chili is founded by Pedro de Valdivia

1709 – Alexander Selkirk, Scottish seaman, is rescued after 4+ years from Fernandez Island {inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”}

1733 – The 13th U.S. colony of Georgia was founded by Englishman James Oglethorpe


1809 – Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky

1818 – Chili gains independence from Spain

Washington's Farewell Address

1850 – George Washington’s original Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300

1855 – Michigan State University was established

1870 – Women residents of the Utah Territory are granted the right to vote


1874 – King David Kalakaua, of Sandwich Island Hawaii, is the first king to visit the United States


1876 – Al Spalding opens his sporting goods store

1877 – The first news dispatch by telephone, between Boston and Salem, Mass.

1880 catcher's mask

1878 – Frederick Thayer patents the catcher’s mask

The New Bridge at Madison Square Garden

1879 – Artificial ice is created at Madison Square Garden, the first artificial ice rink in North America

Abraham Lincoln1892 – President Lincoln’s birthday is declared a national holiday

1909 – NAACP was formed

1912 – China becomes a republic, after centuries of rule by an emperor


1914 – In Washington D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place

1915 – The cornerstone was laid for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

George Gershwin

1924 – George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premieres at Carnegie Hall

Calvin Coolidge

1924 – Calvin Coolidge is the first President of the United States to deliver a political speech on radio

1st Lt Nancy Leftenant

1948 – 1st Lt Nancy Leftenant becomes the first black woman in the army nursing corps

1949 – “Annie Get Your Gun” closes at the Imperial Theater, NYC, after 1147 performances

1949 – Canadian ice hockey team beats Denmark 47-0

1950 – Senator Joe McCarthy claims to have a list a 205 communist government employees

1953 – USSR breaks relations with Israel


1955 – The McGuire Sisters’ “Sincerely” single goes to #1 and stays #1 for ten weeks

1955 – President Eisenhower sends the first U.S. advisors to South Vietnam

Venera 9 Spacecraft

1961 – The first spacecraft to the planet Venus was launched by the USSR

Beatles concert NYC

1964 – The Beatles had their first NYC concert at Carnegie Hall

1964 – U.S. figure skating championships were won by Peggy Fleming and Scott Allen

1970 – A three month old baby received Canada’s first successful liver transplant at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Hospital

1973 – The first American POWs in North Vietnam are released


1984 – Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate “Bolero” at the Olympics and receive all perfect scores for quality and the gold medal

1998 – A 250-car pile-up in Italy, due to fog

1998 – Intel unveils its first graphics chip i740

1999 – American Airlines pilots defy a federal court order and continue their sickout, causing the airline to cancel over a thousand flights


2000 – Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, dies at age 75 after battling leukemia for nine months

charles_schulz_32000 – Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz dies of colon cancer at age 77


2006 – A powerful Nor’easter Blizzard blankets the Northeastern United States dumping 1-2 feet of snow from Washington D.C. up to Boston, Massachusetts.  The storm dumped a record 26.9 inches of snow in NYC

Some pretty important things happened on this date ~ maybe not as well-remembered and/or earth shattering as what happened on my husband’s birthdate {April 14} ~ the Titanic hit the iceberg and Lincoln was shot, but still important and fun to know.  I’m pretty sure that I’ll be able to remember some of them better now that I have read them and typed them!

Besides your birth, what happened on your day?


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10 Responses to What Happened on February 12th?

  1. Jeanie February 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday Lori!

    • Lori February 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you, Jeanie. Happy birthday wishes make getting older easier to embrace.

  2. Rachel February 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Happy Birthday, yesterday!! I hope it was absolutely wonderful.

    And I love learning new facts about what happened on certain days. And yay for good ol’ James founding my home state of Georgia on Feb. 12th. I miss that place 🙂

    • Lori February 14, 2013 at 9:01 am #

      Thank you, Rachel, for the happy birthday wish. My day was wonderful. I love your blog but couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment.

  3. Kristen February 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Love this! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I’d say February 12th was a pretty good day 🙂

    • Lori February 14, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      It was a good day, wasn’t it? Thanks for checking it out.

  4. Haley @ The Saucy Apple February 19, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Happy belated birthday, Lori!!! 🙂

    • Lori February 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you, Haley.

  5. Heidi @ OneCreativeMommy February 23, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    What a fun post, Lori! I hope you had a great birthday.

    • Lori February 25, 2013 at 11:31 am #

      Thank you, Heidi, for the good birthday wish. My day was wonderful.

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