Return to home1111 Feb 12,
Henry V of Germany presented himself to Pope Paschal II for
coronation along with treaty terms that commanded the clergy to
restore fiefs of the crown to Henry. The pope refused to crown and
Henry left Rome taking the pope with him. When Paschal was unable to
get help, he confirmed Henry’s right of investiture and crowned him.
(PCh, 1992, p.91)
1242 Feb 12, Henry VII, Roman
Catholic German king (1220-35), committed suicide.
1294 Feb 12, Kublai Khan, the
conqueror of Asia, died at the age of 80.
1486 Feb 12, In Toledo, Spain,
some 750 lapsed Christians were paraded through the streets of
Toledo from the Church of San Pedro Martir to the cathedral in order
to be reconciled to the Christian faith. In the Auto Da Fe at Toledo
the Jews were forced to recant, fined 1/5 of their property and
permanently forbidden to wear decent clothes or hold office.
1502 Feb 12, Isabella issued a
royal order giving all remaining Moors in the realms of Castile the
choice between baptism and expulsion.
1502 Feb 12, Vasco da Gama,
Portuguese explorer, departed on a second trip to India with 20
1541 Feb 12, Santiago, Chile,
was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, a lieutenant
of Pizarro. When the Spaniards arrived in Chile, 11 languages were
in widespread use: Quechua, Aymara, Rapanui, Chango, Kunza,
Diaguita, Mapudungun, Chono, Kawesqar, Yagan and Selk’nam. By 2007
only the 1st 3 remained. The last ethnic Selk’nam died in the 1970s.
1554 Feb 12, Lady Jane Grey
(17), who had claimed the throne of England for nine days, the Queen
of England for thirteen days, was beheaded on Tower Hill along with
her husband, Guildford Dudley, after being condemned for high
(HN, 2/12/99)(AP, 2/12/08)
1588 Feb 12, John Winthrop,
English attorney, puritan, 1st gov of Massachusetts Bay Colony, was
(HN, 1/12/99)(MC, 2/12/02)
1663 Feb 12, Cotton Mather
(d.1728), American clergyman and witchcraft specialist, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.884)(MC, 2/12/02)
1665 Feb 12, Rudolph J.
Camerarius, German botanist, physician (sexuality plant), was born.
1683 Feb 12, A Christian Army,
led by Charles, the Duke of Lorraine and King John Sobieski of
Poland, routed a huge Ottoman army surrounding Vienna.
1733 Feb 12, English colonists
led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga. Gen. James Edward
Oglethorpe sailed up the Savannah River with 144 English men, women
and children and in the name of King George II chartered the Georgia
Crown Colony. He created the town of Savannah, to establish an ideal
colony where silk and wine would be produced, based on a grid of
streets around six large squares.
(SFC, 6/25/95, p.T-7)(SFEC,11/30/97, p.T4)(AP,
1763 Feb 12, Pierre de
Mariveaux (b.1688), French novelist and playwright, died.
1768 Feb 12, Francis II, the
Last Holy Roman Emperor (1792-1806), was born.
(HN, 2/12/98)(MC, 2/12/02)
1775 Feb 12, Louisa Adams, wife
of John Quincy Adams was born.
1791 Feb 12, Peter Cooper,
industrialist, philanthropist (Cooper Union), was born.
1793 Feb 12, The US federal
government passed its first fugitive slave law. This gave slave
holders the right to reclaim their human property in free states.
(HN, 2/12/97)(WSJ, 1/30/03, p.D8)
1797 Feb 12, Haydn’s song "Gott
erhalte Franz den Kaiser," (popularized years later as "Deutschland
Uber Alles," by Nazis), premiered in Vienna.
1809 Feb 12, Charles Robert
Darwin (d.1874) was born. He proposed that evolution was the
principle that underlay the development of all species and that man,
an animal, had evolved from nonhuman ancestors. Shortly after his
graduation from Cambridge, Darwin sailed as a naturalist with the
surveying ship HMS Beagle. All life, he said, is a struggle for
existence and some species are better able to adapt to the
environment and survive to pass along their characteristics. During
the five-year voyage, Darwin's observations of wildlife led to the
writing of his 1859 book "The Origin of the Species," in which he
proposed the theory of natural selection. Besides the “Origin of the
Species," he wrote three books on geology and devoted 8 years to his
monograph on barnacles. His last book was “The Formation of
Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms." In 1871 Darwin wrote
"Descent of Man," which demonstrated that man and ape could have had
a common ancestor. Darwin's theories were highly controversial and
unsettling to those who believed in creationism. Many Victorians
condemned Darwin as blasphemous, but many important scientists of
the day agreed with his theories. “How can anyone not see that all
observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any
(V.D.-H.K.p.281)(PacDis., Spg. 96, p.52)(NH,
2/97, p.69)(NH, 5/97, p.11)(HNPD, 2/13/99)
1809 Feb 12, Abraham Lincoln,
16th president of the US, was born in Hardin County (present-day
Larue County), Kentucky. Lincoln was president of the United States
during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Although
roundly criticized during his own time, he is recognized as one of
history's greatest figures who preserved the Union during the Civil
War and proved that democracy could be a lasting form of government.
Lincoln entered national politics as a Whig congressman from
Illinois, but he lost his seat after one term due to his unpopular
position on the Mexican War and the extension of slavery into the
territories. The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates for the Senate gave
him a national reputation. In 1860, Lincoln became the first
president elected from the new Republican Party. Abraham Lincoln was
fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington,
D.C., on April 14, 1865. In 1996 a new biography of Abraham Lincoln
by David Donald was published.
(AP, 2/12/98)(AHD, 1971, p.759)(WSJ, 2/10/95,
p.A-8) (SFC, 9/1/96, Par.
1817 Feb 12, Argentina’s Jose
de San Martin, having led a revolutionary army over the Andes into
Chile, helped defeat the Spanish forces at Chacabuco. The royalists
lost 500 men in the battle and another 600 were taken prisoner.
p.87)(ON, 10/09, p.10)
1817 Feb 12, Under the
leadership of Bernardo O‘Higgins, Chile gained its independence from
Spain, when a combined Argentine and Chilean army defeated the
Spaniards. O‘Higgins went on to become head of state on February 17,
supported by the army but not favored by the oligarchy because he
sought abolition of their privileges. Once the threat from Spain was
eliminated from the region, opposition to O‘Higgins mounted. General
unrest and a poor harvest combined to force O‘Higgins to abdicate
his position in 1823. The official proclamation was made on Feb 12,
(HNQ, 9/1/99)(AP, 2/12/07)
1818 Feb 12, Chile officially
proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially
renouncing Spanish rule [see Feb 12, 1817].
1821 Feb 12, The Mercantile
Library of City of NY opened.
1825 Feb 12, Creek Indian
treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agreed to turn over all their land in
Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826.
1828 Feb 12, George Meredith,
English poet and novelist, was born.
1836 Feb 12, Mexican General
Santa Anna crossed the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1839 Feb 12, Aroostook War took
place over a boundary dispute between Maine and New Brunswick. [see
1850 Feb 12, Washington's
original Farewell Address manuscript sold for $2,300.
1857 Feb 12, Eugene Atget,
French photographer, was born. He took over 10,000 photographs
1861 Feb 12, State troops
seized US munitions in Napoleon, Ak.
1870 Feb 12, Women in the Utah
Territory gained the right to vote. However, that right was taken
away in 1887.
1870 Feb 12, An official
proclamation set April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins
to circulate in Canada.
1871 Feb 12, In France the new
National Assembly opened at Bordeaux. Two-thirds of members were
conservatives and wished the war to end.
1873 Feb 12, The US Congress
abolished bimetallism and authorized $1 & $3 gold coins.
1873 Feb 12, The 1st Spanish
Republic was proclaimed. King Amadeo I abdicated following a 2-year
reign. Emilio Cistelar y Ripolo (40) became prime minister,
but the Carlist civil war continued.
(PCh, 1992, p.527)
1874 Feb 12, Auguste Perret,
French architect, was born. He pioneered in designs of reinforced
1874 Feb 12, King David
Kalakaua of Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), became the 1st king to visit
US. King Lunalilo had died without an heir and the legislature
elected lawyer David Kalakaua as king.
(MC, 2/12/02)(ON, 11/02, p.5)
1876 Feb 12, Al Spalding opened
a sporting good shop.
1877 Feb 12, The 1st news
dispatch by telephone was made between Boston and Salem, Mass.
1877 Feb 12, US railroad
builders struck against a wage reduction.
1879 Feb 12, 1st artificial ice
rink in North America was at Madison Square Garden, NYC. [see May
1880 Feb 12, John L. Lewis,
American labor leader, was born.
1892 Feb 12, Illinois made
President Lincoln's birthday a state holiday. Other states followed
suit over the years.
1893 Feb 12, Omar Bradley, U.S.
army general, was born. He led the largest concentration of ground
troops in Europe during World War II.
1898 Feb 12, [Le]Roy Harris,
composer (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), was born in Oklahoma.
1907 Feb 12, Bodies continued
to wash ashore from the steamer Larchmont, which had collided the
previous with a schooner off New England's Block Island. The
vessel's quartermaster, James E. Staples, claimed a loss of 332.
1908 Feb 12, The first
round-the-world automobile race began in New York City. It ended in
Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a
Thomas Speedway Flyer, was declared the winner over teams from
Germany and Italy. The Flyer was made by the E.R. Thomas Motor Co.
of Buffalo, NY, was initially driven by Montague Roberts and George
Schuster. Roberts dropped out in Wyoming. Schuster took over as
captain and chief driver from San Francisco, which was reached on
(AP, 2/12/08)(ON, 4/08, p.8,9)
1909 Feb 12, The National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was
founded by 60 people gathered in NYC to discuss recent race riots
and how to fight discrimination. They were initially known as the
National Negro committee and signed a proclamation known as “The
Call." It was based on the Niagara movement of 1905. Mary White
Ovington (1865-1951) was one of the founders.
(SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-6)(SFEC,12/797, BR p.6)(AP,
2/12/98)(SFC, 2/12/09, p.A1)
1912 Feb 12, China became a
republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty. Pu Yi (reign
name Hsuan T'ung), the last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China,
abdicated. This marked the end of the Qing Dynasty. China adopted
the Gregorian calendar.
(HN, 2/12/01)(AP, 2/12/06)
1913 Feb 12, A New York
commission reported that there was widespread violation of child
1915 Feb 12, Andrew J.
Goodpaster, US general, supreme commander (NATO-Europe), was born.
1915 Feb 12, Lorne Greene,
actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), was born in Ottawa, Canada.
1915 Feb 12, The cornerstone
for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C., a year to the
day after groundbreaking.
1918 Feb 12, Dominic DiMaggio,
baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox), was born.
1920 Feb 12, The last German
forces withdrew from Klaipeda as French and English naval forces
1921 Feb 12, Winston Churchill
of London was appointed colonial secretary.
1921 Feb 12, In Delhi, India,
the Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone of the Parliament
building, designed by Herbert Baker.
1921 Feb 12, Soviet troops
invaded neighboring Georgia.
1924 Feb 12, George Gershwin’s
groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition “Rhapsody in Blue"
premiered at Carnegie Hall with Gershwin himself playing the piano
with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
(AP, 2/12/98)(HN, 2/12/01)(MC, 2/12/02)
1924 Feb 12, Women were banned
from entering the tomb of Tutankhamun which leads to diplomatic
problems with Great Britain and America. Carter wrote a pamphlet to
document interference by authorities and leaves the excavation and
locks the tomb. Pierre Lacau, the French Director of Antiquities,
demands the keys and Carter refuses to give them up.
1929 Feb 12, Charles Lindbergh
announced his engagement to Anne Morrow. The Guggenheims helped
aviators like Lindbergh, Curtiss, and the Wright Brothers. Morrow
was the daughter of Dwight Morrow, US ambassador to Mexico. She
later authored a number of books that included "Gift From the Sea."
(HN, 2/12/97)(WSJ, 11/29/99, p.A26)
1931 Feb 12, Japan’s first
television broadcast was a baseball game.
1935 Feb 12, The 785-foot USS
Macon, the last US Navy dirigible (ZRS-5), crashed on its 55th
flight off the coast of California, killing two people. After
takeoff from Point Sur, California, a gust of wind tore off the
ship's upper fin, deflating its gas cells and causing the ship to
fall into the sea. Two of Macon 's 83 crewmen died in the accident.
The U.S. Navy lost the airships Shenandoah in 1925 and Akron in
1933. Some considered airships too dangerous for the program to
continue at that point, and work on them in the United States halted
(HNQ, 2/7/99)(SFC, 9/27/06, p.B1)
1936 Feb 12, In France more
than 4.5 million workers came out on strike; 1 million took to the
streets, shutting the country down.
1938 Feb 12, German troops
1938 Feb 12, Japan refused to
reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940 Feb 12, The radio play
"The Adventures of Superman" debuted on the Mutual network with Bud
Collyer as the Man of Steel.
1940 Feb 12, The USSR signed a
trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1941 Feb 12, Boxers Pat Carroll
and Sammy Secreet were unable to continue a slugfest and the referee
declared a double KO. The result was soon changed to "No contest."
1942 Feb 12, Painter Grant Wood
(b.1892), creator of "American Gothic" (1930), died in Iowa City,
Iowa, a day before his 51st birthday.
1942 Feb 12, In Palestine
British police killed Avraham Stern (34), founder of the
breakaway militant Zionist group named Lehi. British forces had
begun shooting members of “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel"
(Lehi) after the group had ambushed British soldiers and solicited
fascist and Nazi support for their campaign.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avraham_Stern)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.75)
1942 Feb 12, 3 German battle
cruisers escaped via Channel to Brest, N. Germany.
1944 Feb 12, Wendell Wilkie
entered the American presidential race against Franklin D.
1947 Feb 12, A daytime fireball
& meteorite fell and was seen in eastern Siberia.
1947 Feb 12, A record 100.5-kg
sailfish was caught by C.W. Stewart off the Galapagos Islands.
1947 Feb 12, General Aung San
and 21 delegates of the national races of the mountain regions, the
Shan, Kachin and Chin, finally signed the historic Pinlon Accord
(Panglong Agreement). They unanimously agreed to independence, not
for a fragmented country, but for what later become known as the
Union of Myanmar.
(AP, 2/12/06)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.31)
1948 Feb 12, 1st Lt. Nancy
Leftenant became the 1st black in the army nursing corps.
1949 Feb 12, "Annie Get Your
Gun" closed at the Imperial Theater in NYC after 1147 performances.
1949 Feb 12, Muslim Brotherhood
chief Hassan el Banna (b.1906) was shot to death in Cairo.
1950 Feb 12, Albert Einstein
warned against the hydrogen bomb on US national TV.
1951 Feb 12, In Iran Shah
Pahlavi married Princess Soraya Esfandiari Bakhtiari (d.2001 at 69).
They divorced in 1958. In 1991 Soraya authored her autobiography “Le
Palais des Solitudes" (The Palace of Solitudes).
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.D7)
1953 Feb 12, An explosion at
the Hercules Powder Co. near Pinole, Ca., killed 12 employees.
(SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)
1953 Feb 12, The Soviets broke
off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet
1955 Feb 12, The McGuire
Sisters' "Sincerely" single went to #1 for 10 weeks.
1955 Feb 12, President
Eisenhower sent 1st US "advisors" to South Vietnam to aid the
government under Ngo Dinh Diem.
(SFEC, 4/23/00, p.A19)(MC, 2/12/02)
1957 Feb 12, Researchers
announced the development of Borazan, a substance harder than
1960 Feb 12, Bobby Clark (71),
vaudevillian (World's funniest circus clown), died.
1962 Feb 12, Pres. Kennedy
commuted the death sentence of Jimmie Henderson, a Navy seaman, to
confinement for life.
1962 Feb 12, A bus boycott
started in Macon, Georgia.
1963 Feb 12, Argentina asked
for the extradition of ex-president Peron.
1964 Feb 12, The Beatles played
2 shows at Carnegie Hall.
(SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)
1966 Feb 12, The South
Vietnamese won two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1968 Feb 12, "Soul on Ice" by
Eldridge Cleaver (full name: Leroy Eldridge Cleaver), a militant
activist and Black Panther, was first published. Cleaver spent much
of his early life in and out of prison on charges ranging from drug
possession to assault. It was in prison that he began the essays
that would become Soul on Ice. Shortly after being paroled in 1966,
Eldridge Cleaver met Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the founders of
the Black Panther party. Cleaver quickly became the party’s minister
of information. Faced with further prison time after a shootout with
police in April 1968, Cleaver jumped bail and fled the country,
first to Cuba, then to Algeria. He returned voluntarily in 1975
having broken with the Panthers and disillusioned with communism.
His change in thinking is reflected in his 1978 book Soul on Fire.
He died on May 1, 1998, in Pomona, California.
(AP, 2/12/98)(HNQ, 2/2/01)
1970 Feb 12, Dean Arthur
Schwartzmiller (28) was convicted in Juneau, Alaska, of 2 charges of
lewd conduct after being accused of molesting 2 boys. Over the next
35 years he was arrested in 6 more states on molestation charges. In
2005 police in San Jose found notebooks at his home that documented
over 36,000 sex acts with young boys. In 2006 a jury in Santa Clara,
Ca., convicted Schwartzmiller (64) of molesting 2 San Jose boys. In
2007 he was sentenced to 152 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/17/05, p.A1)(SFC, 9/19/06, p.A1)(SFC,
1971 Feb 12, James Cash Penney
(b.1875), US founder of the J.C. Penney stores, died in NYC. His
first store, a branch of the Colorado based Golden Rule stores
(1902), was in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
1972 Feb 12, Senator Kennedy
advocated amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1973 Feb 12, Operation
Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war
from the Vietnam conflict took place.
1974 Feb 12, Symbionese
Liberation Army asked the Hearst family for $230 million in food for
1974 Feb 12, The Russian Mars 5
Orbiter entered orbit around Mars and relayed imaging data for the
Mars 6 & 7 missions.
(SFC, 11/19/96, p.B1)
1976 Feb 12, Sal Mineo
(b.1939), American film and theater actor, was stabbed to death in
Los Angeles while coming home from a play rehearsal.
(SFEC, 3/16/97, Z1
1979 Feb 12, Jean Renoir
(b.1894), French actor and director (Rules of the Game), died in
Beverly Hills, Ca. His body was returned to France.
1983 Feb 12, composer-pianist
Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and
"Memories of You," died in New York City, five days after turning
1987 Feb 12, White youths in
Queens County, NYC, connected to the Howard Beach racial attacks of
December, 1986, were indicted on charges ranging from second-degree
murder to inciting to riot and criminal facilitation.
1987 Feb 12, In Alabama
surviving relatives of a black man murdered by KKK members were
awarded $7 million in damages.
1987 Feb 12, A Court in Texas
upheld an $8.5 billion fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal
takeover of Getty Oil.
1987 Feb 12, Friends of the
poet Boris Pasternak and of Russian culture agreed that the 1958
resolution expelling Pasternak from the Writers' Union had to be
rescinded. People met and voted in the same ornate conference room
where, thirty years earlier, the great poet had been cast out of the
1988 Feb 12, Alexander M. Haig
dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
1988 Feb 12, The Pentagon
charged that two Soviet Navy vessels deliberately bumped two U.S.
warships in the Black Sea as the American vessels sailed through
waters claimed by the Soviet Union.
1989 Feb 12, The special
prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case and the Justice Department
reached an agreement on protecting classified materials aimed at
allowing the trial of Oliver North to proceed.
1989 Feb 12, In Ohio the body
of Joy Stewart (22) was found raped and fatally stabbed in Preble
County. She was eight months pregnant at the time. Dennis McGuire
was later convicted and sentenced to death. On Jan 16, 2014, McGuire
(53) was executed by a new combination of lethal drugs. The process
took nearly 25 minutes from injection to death and left him gasping
for air in the final minutes.
p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/kdp2x6z)(SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)
1989 Feb 12, In Belfast Pat
Finucane, a lawyer active in the defense of IRA suspects, was shot
and killed by a lone gunman as he sat down to dinner with his family
at home. The Ulster Defense Association claimed responsibility but
nobody was ever charged. In 1999 a report asserted that the British
army was linked to the slaying. A suspect (48) was arrested in 1999.
In 2003 a London police report said the British Army and police were
involved in the murder. In 2004 Ken Barrett (41), former Protestant
paramilitary and police informer in Northern Ireland, was sentenced
to 22 years in prison for the murder of Finucane. In Oct 12, 2011,
Britain offered an official apology for its forces' role in the 1989
killing of a Northern Ireland lawyer and pledged to publish a public
report into the extent of police and army collusion in the attack.
The report in December 2012 found shocking levels of state
(SFC, 2/12/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/24/99, p.A12)(AP,
4/17/03)(AP, 9/16/04)(AP, 10/12/11)(AP, 12/12/12)
1989 Feb 12, In Pakistan 5
Moslem rioters were killed in Islamabad protesting the "Satanic
1990 Feb 12, President Bush
rejected Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's new initiative for
troop reductions in Europe, but predicted a "major success" on arms
control at the superpower summit in June.
1990 Feb 12, Robert Ouko
(b.1931), Kenya’s foreign minister and member of the Luo tribe, was
murdered during his investigation of corruption charges against the
1991 Feb 12, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein met with Soviet envoy Yevgeny Primakov, who brought
with him a message from President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
1991 Feb 12, In China, two
longtime democracy activists (Wang Juntao and Chen Ziming) were
sentenced to 13 years in prison. Both were later freed.
1991 Feb 12, Former New York
City Mayor Robert Wagner died at age 80.
1992 Feb 12, President Bush
formally announced his bid for re-election.
1992 Feb 12, Democratic
presidential candidate Bill Clinton released a letter he'd written
as a student in 1969 in which he said he had decided to give up a
draft deferment in order to “maintain my political viability."
1993 Feb 12, In a crime that
shocked Britons, two 10-year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert
Thompson, lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a
shopping mall in Liverpool, England, then beat him to death and left
his battered body on a railway track. The 2 boys were later
sentenced to serve 8 years in prison. The sentence was later
increased to 10 years and then 15 years. After 8 years in a
reformatory, Thompson and Venables were released in 2001, after a
parole board found they no longer posed a danger to the public.
(SFC, 4/18/96, p.a-12)(SFC, 12/17/99, p.D5)(SFC,
6/23/01, p.A8)(AP, 2/12/03)
1994 Feb 12, President Clinton
signed an $8.6 billion relief package for victims of the Jan 17
Northridge earthquake in Southern California.
1994 Feb 12, The XVII Winter
Olympic Games opened in Lillehammer, Norway. The official song was
"Fire in Your Heart."
(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.A17)(WSJ, 3/12/98, p.A16)(AP,
1995 Feb 12, Jurors in the O.J.
Simpson murder trial toured the scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and
Ronald Goldman had been slain, then visited the estate of the former
1996 Feb 12, Bob Dole eked out
a victory in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses, while Pat
Buchanan came in a surprisingly strong second.
1997 Feb 12, The Clinton
administration gave permission to 10 U.S. news organizations to open
bureaus in Cuba.
1997 Feb 12, In Maine Philip
Berrigan was arrested at an anti-nuclear protest. He was one of 6
activists later convicted for vandalizing a Navy guided missile
destroyer at the Bath Iron Works.
1997 Feb 12, The Discovery
space shuttle lifted off and work was planned on the Hubble Space
(SFC, 2/17/97, p.A2)
1997 Feb 12, Hwang Jang Yop, a
Central Committee member of North Korea and the highest-ranking
official to flee, defected to South Korea. He sought asylum at the
South Korean embassy in Beijing, China.
(SFEC, 2/16/97, p.A19) (AP, 2/12/98)
1998 Feb 12, US federal
district judge T. Hogan struck down Pres. Clinton's new Line-Item
Veto Act as unconstitutional.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.A3)(AP, 2/12/03)
1998 Feb 12, NASA planned a
rocket launch from Tortuguero base in Puerto Rico. 10 more rockets
were planned for launch over the next 30 days.
(SFC, 2/2/98, p.A3)
1998 Feb 12, At Nagano,
Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie became the first man to win six Winter
Olympic gold medals, as he placed first in the 10-kilometer
classical cross-country race.
1998 Feb 12, An appeals panel
reinstated Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's gold medal, a day
after he was stripped of the honor for testing positive for
1998 Feb 12, The Cuban
government announced that over 200 inmates held on political and
other charges would be released.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998 Feb 12, In Indonesia Pres.
Suharto ordered the military to move against anti-government
activists. The previous day police detained some 140 protestors in
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998 Feb 12, In Italy over 250
cars crashed on the foggy highway A-13 between Padua and Bologna.
Four people were killed and dozens were injured.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D2)
1998 Feb 12, In Sierra Leone
the Nigerian led intervention force captured the country’s State
House in Freetown.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)
1998 Feb 12, In Sudan Lt.
Gen’l. Al-Zubeir Mohammad Saleh, the country’s first vice-president,
was killed along with 7 others in a plane crash in the southern
Sudan. Rebels of the SPLA claimed to have shot the plane down.
(SFC, 2/13/98, p.D5)
1999 Feb 12, Pres. Clinton was
acquitted by the Senate 55-45 on a perjury charge and 50-50 on an
obstruction of justice charge. He once again apologized for
burdening the nation with his conduct. Clinton told Americans he was
"profoundly sorry" for what he had said and done in the Monica
Lewinsky affair that triggered the impeachment drama.
(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/00)
1999 Feb 12, Eric Stein (41)
was arrested for bilking some 1,800 investors out of $34 million. He
had operated the Sterling Group, a Las Vegas firm that used TV
commercials to sell products directly to viewers. The operations
were essentially a Ponzi scheme.
(WSJ, 8/9/04, p.R1)
1999 Feb 12, Swarms of anxious
travelers were left stranded when American Airlines again scrubbed
more than 1,000 flights after its pilots defied a court order and
continued their mass sickout.
1999 Feb 12, A 5.5 earthquake
hit Afghanistan and at least 60 people were killed.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 12, In Finland the
parliament voted 171 to 4 to reduce the president's influence on
foreign affairs and government formation.
(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A5)
1999 Feb 12, In India Pres.
K.R. Narayanan dismissed the state government of Bihar due to the
(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A5)
1999 Feb 12, In Hebron, Yasser
Arafat again proposed that a confederation be made between Jordan
and a future Palestinian state.
(SFC, 2/13/99, p.A3)
2000 Feb 12, Michelle Kwan won
her third straight US Figure Skating Championships crown, while
Michael Weiss successfully defended the men’s title.
2000 Feb 12, Hall-of-Fame
football coach Tom Landry, who led the Dallas Cowboys to five Super
Bowls, died in Irving, Texas, at age 75.
2000 Feb 12, Charles Schulz
(b.1922), creator of the Peanuts cartoon, died in Santa Rosa,
California, at age 77. His final cartoon was scheduled to run in the
Feb 13 Sunday newspapers. In 2007 David Michaelis authored “Schulz
and Peanuts: A Biography."
(SFEC, 2/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/01)(WSJ, 10/12/07,
2000 Feb 12, In Zimbabwe voting
began on a new constitution with provisions for expropriating the
land of white farmers without compensation. A new party, the
Movement for Democratic Change, opposed the new constitution and
Pres. Mugabe as inflation in the country soared to over 60%. Voters
spread word of their opposition using Econet Wireless messaging and
rejected the proposal.
(SFC, 2/12/00, p.C1)(SFC, 2/16/00, p.A11)(WSJ,
2001 Feb 12, A federal appeals
court upheld a decision against Napster and ruled that the online
music service violated copyright laws.
(SFC, 2/13/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/02)
2001 Feb 12, A computer virus
pretending to be a digital photo of tennis star Anna Kournikova
overwhelmed e-mail servers in Europe and North America.
2001 Feb 12, Scientists
published their first examinations of nearly all the human genetic
2001 Feb 12, The $224 million
NEAR-Shoemaker probe was scheduled to end its mission with a landing
on the Eros asteroid. The probe completed a 5 year voyage with a
successful landing and continued sending signals.
(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A4)(SFC, 2/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 12, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed 2 Palestinians in the West Bank and dozens of
Palestinians were wounded in a gun battle in the Gaza Strip.
(SFC, 2/13/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 12, It was reported
that Thailand’s bad loans mounted to 20 billion and accounted for
20% of all bank lending. Thai Petrochemical Industries (TPI) was the
largest debtor and owed banks over $3.5 billion.
(WSJ, 2/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 12, Ukraine’s Pres.
Kuchma and Pres. Putin met at the Yuzmash rocket plant and agreed to
reconnect their countries’ electricity grids and made 14 other
agreements securing Russian orders from Ukrainian factories.
(SFC, 2/13/01, p.A10)
2002 Feb 12, "The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" received 13 Academy Award
nominations; tied for second with eight nods were "A Beautiful Mind"
and "Moulin Rouge."
2002 Feb 12, Sec. of State
Colin Powell said the Bush administration was considering a variety
of options to topple Iraq’s Saddam Hussein.
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A17)
2002 Feb 12, John Hamilton, US
ambassador to Peru, said the US would triple anti-drug funding to
over $150 million.
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A16)
2002 Feb 12, Kenneth Lay,
former Enron CEO, pleaded the 5th amendment before a Senate panel
investigation of the Enron demise. Lay expressed "profound sadness"
about the collapse of the energy giant, but refused to testify at a
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002 Feb 12, The International
Skating Union announced it would conduct an "internal assessment" of
the Olympic judging that gave the Russians the pairs figure skating
gold medal over the Canadians.
2002 Feb 12, It was reported
that AP estimated 600 civilians killed in the Afghan campaign.
(WSJ, 2/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 12, In NYC Ronald
Popadich of New Jersey struck 19 pedestrians at 6 spots along
Seventh Ave. near Madison Square Garden and one died 2 days later.
He struck 7 more people Feb 13. He shot his girlfriend, Lisa Gotkin
Feb 10, and a cab driver on Feb 13.
(SFC, 2/16/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 12-13, The Chinese
lunar calendar marked this as the new year, 4700, the Year of the
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 12, In Indonesia
Christian and Muslim factions from Maluku agreed to end their 3-year
war, ban militias and establish a joint security patrol.
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A16)
2002 Feb 12, An Iran Air Tours
Tupelov Tu-154 crashed into the Sefid Kouh mountains near
Khorramabad killing all 119 on board.
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A12)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002 Feb 12, In Pakistan police
arrested Ahmed Saeed Sheikh, the prime suspect in the kidnapping of
WSJ reported Daniel Pearl. Pakistan charged 3 men in connection with
the kidnapping. They and a fourth man were later convicted of
(SFC, 2/13/02, p.A18)(AP, 2/11/03)
2002 Feb 12, In Venezuela Pres.
Chavez said the currency would go on float.
(WSJ, 2/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 12, Former Yugoslav
president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague, accused of
2003 Feb 12, Kemmons Wilson
(90), founder of the Holiday Inn chain, died in Memphis, Tenn.
(WSJ, 2/13/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 12, In Bolivia angry
civilians joined striking police officers in a protest that
degenerated into riots, leaving at least 17 people dead and Bolivian
government buildings in flames.
(AP, 2/13/03)(SFC, 2/12/03, p.A9)
2003 Feb 12, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, Bishop Paulo Pereira (38) of the Vetero Catholic Church, in
the low-income district of Guainazes, was gunned down inside his
church's headquarters. Elsewhere in San Paulo 3 gunmen killed
Wallace Ornelas Passos, a 17-year-old student with a police record
for theft and other criminal activities.
2003 Feb 12, A bloody prison
riot near Guatemala City left at least 6 inmates dead, and a man
convicted in the high-profile murder case of Roman Catholic Bishop
Juan Gerardi was among the dead.
2003 Feb 12, The Republic of
Congo reported that an Ebola outbreak was suspected in the recent
deaths of 48 people.
(SFC, 2/13/03, p.A7)
2003 Feb 12, India conducted
its fourth missile test of 2003, firing a supersonic cruise missile
capable of hitting major cities in Pakistan.
2003 Feb 12, The UN nuclear
agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties,
sending the dispute to the Security Council.
2004 Feb 12, Behrooz Sarshar,
an Iranian emigre in his mid-sixties and former FBI translator,
stated he was forced to retire from the FBI (in November 2002) after
a two-and-a-half year OPR investigation in which he was accused of
talking about FBI matters with non-FBI people.
2004 Feb 12, Four men were
charged in a 42-count indictment alleging they'd run a
steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs
to dozens of athletes in the NFL, the major leagues and track and
2004 Feb 12, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom authorized the county clerk to begin issuing marriage
licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of state law. Some 90 gay
and lesbian couples were wed and over the next few days some 2,000
took their vows.
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)(SFC,
2004 Feb 12, Mattel released
news that Barbie would have a new boyfriend named Blaine, an
Australian boogie boarder. Barbie’s new “Cali Girl" lined was set to
debut in the summer.
(ST, 7/29/04, p.C8)
2004 Feb 12, A union
representing almost 50,000 university teachers in Britain voted to
strike over pay.
2004 Feb 12, Wang Huaizhong
(57), a former Chinese provincial vice governor, was executed in
Shandong province for taking more than $600,000 in bribes.
2004 Feb 12, In Congo a Kenyan
army officer, investigating reports of fighting between the rival
Hema and Lendu tribal militias, was shot to death when his U.N.
military convoy came under fire in Ituri province.
2004 Feb 12, Malaysia's land
minister was arrested and charged for his involvement a deal to sell
millions of dollars worth of shares his government agency owned in
the second high-profile anti-corruption case this week amid a
2005 Feb 12, Christo and
Jeanne-Claude opened their NYC Central Park Gates project. The $20
million,16-day exhibit featured 7,532 fabric draped steel gates
spanning 23 miles.
(SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 12, Howard Dean
(b.1948), former Vermont governor and presidential candidate, was
elected chairman of the Democratic Party.
(SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 12, In northern Brazil
Dorothy Stang (73), an American nun, was shot to death. She had
spent decades fighting efforts by loggers and large landowners to
expropriate lands and clear large areas of the Amazon rainforest. In
2006 Amair Feijoli da Cunha (38) pleaded guilty and said he offered
money to two gunmen to shoot nun, at the behest of ranchers
Vitalmiro Moura and Regivaldo Galvao. In 2008 A jury voted 5-2 to
acquit Vitalmiro Moura, one of two ranchers who allegedly ordered
the killing Stang. The acquittal was overturned on a technicality in
April, 2009. Moura and Galvao were convicted in 2010 and sentenced
to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 2/12/05)(WSJ, 2/14/05, p.A1)(AP,
4/27/06)(AP, 5/6/08)(AP, 5/1/10)
2005 Feb 12, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded in front of a hospital in a mostly Shiite town south of
Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding 21 others. A prominent Iraqi
judge was assassinated by two gunmen on a motorcycle in the southern
port city of Basra. In Mosul the bodies of 6 Iraqi and 6 Kurdish
guards were dumped. US troops in Mosul killed 9 insurgents.
(AP, 2/12/05)(SSFC, 2/13/05, p.A12)
2005 Feb 12, Philippine couples
started gathering along a Manila bayside boulevard for a
pre-Valentine's Day kissing festival. Organizers hoped a million
couples will lock lips nationwide.
2005 Feb 12, Tens of thousands
of Russians protested across the country against a law replacing
medical and transportation benefits for pensioners with cash
payments, with many calling for the ouster of Vladimir Putin's
2005 Feb 12, Saudi newspapers
said dozens of losing candidates in Saudi Arabia's first regular
election will contest results from the opening round of municipal
balloting, arguing that conservative religious candidates won
unfairly by claiming support from clerics.
2005 Feb 12, Syrian authorities
released 55 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood who had spent
up to 20 years in jail.
2005 Feb 12, In Togo thousands
of demonstrators clashed with riot police in the capital for a 2nd
day, protesting against the recent army-appointed president. 3
people were reportedly killed and dozens wounded when police fired
2006 Feb 12, A major storm
slammed the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states with nearly 2 feet of
windblown snow, nearing record levels as it blacked out thousands of
customers and shut down air travel from Washington to Boston. A
record 26.9 inches of snow fell in New York's Central Park.
(AP, 2/12/06)(AP, 2/12/07)
2006 Feb 12, In Kansas, Toby
Young (48), a married mother and dog trainer, helped John Manard
(27), a man convicted of felony murder, escape from a Lansing
Correctional Facility. They were caught Feb 24 in Tennessee. Young
was sentenced to 27 months in prison. Manard was given an additional
10 years to his life sentence.
(SFC, 2/17/06, p.A2)(WSJ, 2/9/08, p.A1)
2006 Feb 12, In Algiers Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with senior government leaders on
what Pentagon officials said they believe to be the first visit to
Algeria by a US defense secretary.
2006 Feb 12, Bangladesh's main
opposition party the Awami League ended its 13-month boycott of
parliament and tabled proposals to reform the country's election
2006 Feb 12, Jan Egeland, UN
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said the
international community must provide $680 million in aid for Congo
this year to stop a humanitarian disaster that kills as many people
as the 2004 Asian tsunami every six months.
2006 Feb 12, Greek
archaeologists said they had discovered the largest underground tomb
in Greek antiquity in the ancient northern city of Pella, birthplace
of Alexander the Great.
2006 Feb 12, Iran reaffirmed
its commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a day after
its hard-line president implied Tehran was considering withdrawing
from the pact after being reported to the UN Security Council.
2006 Feb 12, Shiite lawmakers
chose incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari to be Iraq's new prime minister,
taking a key step in forming a government nearly two months after
2006 Feb 12, Video images of
British soldiers allegedly beating Iraqi youths with batons and
fists aired throughout the Middle East and Britain, outraging locals
and prompting British Prime Minister Tony Blair to vow a full
2006 Feb 12, Bomb blasts and
shootings killed at least three people in Baghdad and north of the
Iraqi capital, including an Education Ministry official and an
elderly woman. At least 22 people were wounded.
2006 Feb 12, Injured figure
skater Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Turin Olympics (she was
replaced on the US team by Emily Hughes). Snowboarding superstar
Shaun White, known as "The Flying Tomato," beat American teammate
Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal.
2006 Feb 12, Myanmar's leader
Senior General Than Shwe lashed out at the US and the EU over their
sanctions against his regime, amid rising global pressure for it to
2006 Feb 12, In South Africa
British PM Tony Blair, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
and 5 other leaders pledged to push for a new global trade deal that
will help poor countries. The 2-day summit in Hammanskraal was the
7th meeting of center-left leaders since the Progressive Governance
Network was created in 1999 by Blair and former US president Bill
Clinton. Also attending were South Africa President Thabo Mbeki,
South Korean PM Lee Hae-Chan, Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi, Swedish PM
Goeran Persson and New Zealand PM Helen Clark.
2007 Feb 12, In Washington DC
Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus met with Pres. Bush ahead of an
address at the National Press Club. He was accompanied by a
Lithuanian business delegation seeking US trade opportunities and
2007 Feb 12, In SF John
Konstin, owner of John’s Grill on Ellis St., reported the weekend
theft of his Maltese Falcon, a copy of the statuette used in the
1941 eponymous film.
(SFC, 2/13/07, p.A1)
2007 Jun 12, In California the
Berkeley City Council passed a new Public Commons Initiative to deal
with myriad issues facing those living on the streets.
(SFC, 6/14/07, p.B1)
2007 Feb 12, In upstate New
York intense lake-effect snow squalls that buried communities along
eastern Lake Ontario for nine straight days started up again.
Unofficially, the squalls have dumped 12 feet, 2 inches of snow at
2007 Feb 12, In Philadelphia,
Penn., 3 men were shot to death in a marketing company conference
room and another was critically injured by a gunman who killed
himself as police closed in. The gunman had put a gig sum in a
(AP, 2/13/07)(WSJ, 2/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 12, In Salt Lake City,
Utah, Sulejmen Talovic (18) opened fire on shoppers, killing five
and wounding four others before police fatally shot him at the
Trolley Square shopping mall. Talovic was armed with several rounds
of ammunition and carried two guns. Ken Hammond, an off-duty
officer, cornered Talovic and prevented further loss of life.
(AP, 2/13/07)(SFC, 2/14/07, p.A6)
2007 Feb 12, Four Seasons
Hotels, the manager of 74 luxury hotels, said that it had agreed to
be taken private by Bill Gates, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and the
company's chief executive for $3.8 billion, including debt.
(http://tinyurl.com/cxfxxkg)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.70)
2007 Feb 12, Peter Ellenshaw
(93), special effects artist for Walt Disney, died. He made it
possible for Mary Poppins to fly and for 50 chimney sweeps to dance
on London rooftops.
(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.A4)
2007 Feb 12, Helmand Governor
Asadullah Wafa said at least 700 Taliban fighters have crossed from
Pakistan into Afghanistan to reinforce guerrillas attacking the key
Kajaki dam, a major source of electricity and irrigation. Several
Taliban fighters were killed in an attack targeting a senior
guerrilla leader. NATO and Afghan forces killed 22 Taliban fighters
in separate clashes over the last 3 days in the Kajaki district of
(Reuters, 2/12/07)(AP, 2/13/07)
2007 Feb 12, China's General
Administration of Customs said surging trade surplus jumped 67% in
January from the same month last year to $15.88 billion.
2007 Feb 12, EU foreign
ministers approved plans for implementing UN sanctions against Iran,
a move that is meant to punish Tehran over its refusal to halt
2007 Feb 12, In Guatemala
Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, announced the formation
of an Indian-led political movement whose primary aim is to back her
probable bid for the presidency this fall.
2007 Feb 12, An Iraqi court
raised the sentence against Saddam Hussein's vice president to death
by hanging for the killings of Shiites in the town of Dujail.
Thunderous explosions and dense black smoke swirled through central
Baghdad when 3 car bombs tore through a crowded marketplace, setting
off secondary blasts and killing 81 people with 172 wounded.
(AP, 2/12/07)(AP, 2/13/07)
2007 Feb 12, Police conducted
raids across northern Italy, breaking up a leftist militant group
that was allegedly planning kidnappings or kneecappings of victims
to finance its plots. The group traced back to the Red Brigades.
Police said they arrested 15 suspects accused of belonging to the
Politico-military Communist Party (PCPM) in Milan, Turin, Padua and
other northern Italian cities. Police in 7 locations across Italy
arrested 17 men, including four alleged arms traffickers: Massimo
Bettinotti (39), Gianluca Squarzolo (39), Ermete Moretti (55), and
Serafino Rossi (64). A 5th member, Vittorio Dordi, was believed to
be in Congo, apparently involved in the diamond trade. The luggage
of Squarzolo had yielded the original clue to the arms deal. They
were involved in a $64 million deal negotiated with Libyan officials
for some 500,000 Chinese-made assault rifles. Iraqi and Italian
partners had haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made
automatic weapons into Iraq.
(AP, 2/12/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.54)(AP,
8/13/07)(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)(AP, 4/12/08)
2007 Feb 12, A Japanese whaling
ship issued a distress signal from Antarctic waters, after it
collided with a protest boat trying to save whales from slaughter.
2007 Feb 12, Mozambique
officials said soldiers and relief workers using helicopters and
canoes have evacuated some 60,000 people from the flooded Zambezi
River Valley in central Mozambique, where more than 100,000 others
are at risk.
2007 Feb 12, A report issued by
a human rights group accused Myanmar's military of killing, raping
and torturing ethnic Karen women as part of its battle against the
minority group over the past 25 years.
2007 Feb 12, Portugal's prime
minister said he will enact more liberal abortion laws in the
conservative Roman Catholic country even though his proposal to
relax restrictions failed to win complete endorsement in a
2007 Feb 12, In Qatar Russia’s
Putin and Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani announced
they would explore the creation of a natural gas cartel to represent
the interests of producer countries. Qatar sits atop the world's
single largest gas field.
2007 Feb 12, Russian military
prosecutors pledged to investigate allegations that young conscripts
were forced into prostitution by fellow soldiers, the latest claim
of rampant abuse in the nation's armed forces.
2007 Feb 12, In Somalia a
mortar slammed into a home in Mogadishu, killing a father and his
6-year-old son as they slept and wounding four people.
2007 Feb 12, A vessel smuggling
120 people across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen capsized as
it approached the coast. At least 30 Somali and Ethiopian migrants
trying to reach the Arabian peninsula drowned.
2007 Feb 12, South Africa said
it will build a second nuclear power plant generating more than
1,000 megawatts of electricity.
2007 Feb 12, Sri Lanka's navy
said it destroyed a boat of the separatist Tamil Tiger movement and
killed at least eight rebels off the country's east coast.
2007 Feb 12, Ma Ying-jeou,
chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party (KMT), was indicted for
embezzlement. He then defiantly announced he was running for
(AFP, 2/13/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.44)
2007 Feb 12, Thailand, which
has upset big drug companies by issuing patent-overriding licenses
for generic versions of heart and HIV/AIDS pills, said it would
issue more unless the firms cut prices.
2007 Feb 12, A state official
said Turkmenistan planned to open its first public Internet cafes,
signaling at least some liberalization under Interim President
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, the presumed winner of its presidential
2007 Feb 12, Ugandan army raids
in the northeast allegedly killed up to 66 children who were shot or
crushed by armored vehicles and stampeding animals. Save the
Children later called for an independent, international
investigation into the reports.
2007 Feb 12, Venezuela signed a
preliminary agreement to purchase Verizon Communications Inc.'s
stake in the country's largest telecommunications company, the
latest move by President Hugo Chavez toward nationalizing strategic
sectors of the economy.
2007 Feb 12, Zimbabwe's central
statistics office reported that the inflation rate, already the
highest in the world, had soared again by more than 300 points to
1,593% in January.
2008 Feb 12, US Treasury Sec.
Henry Paulson and 6 major lenders announced a new initiative to help
seriously delinquent homeowners stave off foreclosure.
(SFC, 2/13/08, p.C1)
2008 Feb 12, Barack Obama won
75% of the vote in Washington DC, nearly two-thirds in Virginia and
approximately 60% in Maryland. McCain's victory in Virginia was a
relatively close one, the result of an outpouring of religious
conservatives who backed Mike Huckabee.
2008 Feb 12, A US federal
appeals court has overturned a statute outlawing sex toy sales in
Texas, one of the last states, all in the South, to retain such a
2008 Feb 12, Brandon McInerney
(14) shot and killed Larry King, a gay classmate in Ventura County,
Ca. On Nov 21, 2011, McInerney pleaded guilty to the murder charge,
as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a
firearm. On Dec 19 McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.C5)(AP, 11/21/11)(AP, 12/19/11)
2008 Feb 12, The Writers Guild
of America voted to end their 3-month strike.
(SFC, 2/13/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 12, US filmmaker
Steven Spielberg abandoned his role in the Beijing Olympics and a
host of prominent figures accused China of not doing enough to press
its ally Sudan to end devastating violence in Darfur.
2008 Feb 12, Speedo introduced
its new LZR Racer swimsuit. By June 38 of 42 world swimming records
were broken by swimmers wearing the suit.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.100)(http://tinyurl.com/44xc9v)
2008 Feb 12, General Motors
Corp. reported a $38.7 billion loss for 2007, the largest annual
loss ever for an automotive company, and said it is making a new
round of buyout offers to US hourly workers in hopes of replacing
some of them with lower-paid help.
2008 Feb 12, US astronauts
attached Europe’s $2 billion space lab to the int’l. space station.
(SFC, 2/12/08, p.A8)
2008 Feb 12, In Manhattan
psychologist Kathryn Faughey (56) died in her Upper East Side office
after being stabbed 15 times with a cleaver and knife. Psychiatrist
Kent Shinbach was also slashed in the attack. The assailant escaped.
David Tarloff (39) was arrested on Feb 16. He blamed Faughey for
having institutionalized him 17 years earlier.
(SFC, 2/14/08, p.A3)(SSFC, 2/17/08, p.A2)
2008 Feb 12, In Afghanistan’s
Khost province a roadside bomb killed 4 Afghan guards working for
the US military.
2008 Feb 12, England's
commissioner for children and a civil liberties group joined in on a
campaign to ban high-frequency devices intended to drive misbehaving
children away from shops and other areas.
2008 Feb 12, Badri
Patarkatsishvili (52), a Georgian tycoon, was found dead in his
mansion near London. Police said they were treating the death as
suspicious. He had claimed he was the target of assassination plot
after helping lead anti-government protests in his homeland. He had
built his fortune in Russia, where he became Berezovsky's business
partner. However, the two men claimed in British court documents
that the Russian government forced them to sell their stakes in oil
company Sibneft, Russian Aluminum and television channel ORT for a
fraction of their value. Interim tests indicated that
Patarkatsishvili died of natural causes.
(AP, 2/13/08)(AP, 2/14/08)
2008 Feb 12, In Canada at least
22 people, including a minor, have been charged in what police said
was one of Central Canada's biggest investigations of Internet child
2008 Feb 12, China and Russia
challenged the United States at a disarmament debate by formally
presenting a plan to ban weapons in space, a proposal that
Washington has called a diplomatic ploy by the two nations to gain a
2008 Feb 12, In southwestern
China a bus veered off a highway and plunged down a 160-foot cliff
into a river, killing at least 21 people.
2008 Feb 12, Danish police said
they have arrested three people suspected of plotting to kill one of
the 12 cartoonists behind the Prophet Muhammad drawings that sparked
a deadly uproar in the Muslim world two years ago.
2008 Feb 12, East Timor
declared a state of emergency. Australian troops and a warship
arrived to boost security after rebel attacks on the country's two
top leaders left the president in "extremely serious" condition with
2008 Feb 12, European Union
antitrust regulators raided Intel Corp. and computer resellers
searching for evidence that they may have broken cartel or monopoly
2008 Feb 12, The EU resumed
deployment of a much-awaited peacekeeping force for two countries
neighboring Sudan's troubled Darfur region.
2008 Feb 12, President Nicolas
Sarkozy said France is ready to transfer technology to Brazil so
that an attack submarine, helicopters and the Rafale fighter plane
can be built there.
2008 Feb 12, Hisham Michwit
Hamdan (27), an Iraqi journalist who disappeared after leaving his
offices two days ago to buy some supplies, was found shot to death
in central Baghdad. A police officer was killed and two others
wounded when gunmen in a speeding car attacked their patrol just
south of Basra. Gunmen opened fire on a school bus in Diyala
province, killing two girls and a boy and wounding the driver and
two other pupils. The attack happened as the bus traveled between
the predominantly Sunni town of Kanaan and the mainly Shiite town of
Balad Ruz. Iraqi police and forensics officials said a mass grave
with 13 decomposed bodies was uncovered in an orchard near
2008 Feb 12, Israel said it
plans to build 1,000 homes in East Jerusalem, angering Palestinians
who said the move undermines efforts for a peace deal.
(WSJ, 2/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 12, A boat was wrecked
off southern Morocco leaving 24 African migrants missing, but 11
others were rescued.
2008 Feb 12, In Myanmar
supporters of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi protested to demand
democracy in Myanmar, days after the military regime said it would
hold elections in 2010 under a new constitution likely to entrench
the junta's powerful position.
2008 Feb 12, In Pakistan new
army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ordered the withdrawal of
military officers from the government’s civil departments.
(SFC, 2/13/08, p.A4)
2008 Feb 12, The Philippine
government called for calm amid growing street protests calling for
President Gloria Arroyo to resign over a corruption scandal which
has implicated her husband and a close aide.
2008 Feb 12, Russia agreed to
eliminate a murky middleman company from its gas trade with Ukraine
in exchange for 50% share of Ukraine’s domestic gas market.
(WSJ, 2/13/08, p.A5)
2008 Feb 12, In northern
Somalia gunmen kidnapped a German aid worker after exchanging fire
with his bodyguards. The next day Somaliland forces freed him from
(AP, 2/12/08)(AP, 2/13/08)
2008 Feb 12, South Africa’s
security minister announced that the government is dissolving an
elite graft-busting unit set up by prosecutors, in the latest twist
in a struggle between South Africa's crime-fighting agencies.
2008 Feb 12, South Korea held
its first-ever trial by jury as part of reform measures aimed at
increasing confidence in the judicial system. A nine-member jury in
Daegu heard the case of a man (27) accused of assaulting a woman
(70) while trying to burglarize her house. By South Korean law, the
findings of jury are nonbinding, with the final verdict still
resting in the hands of a judge, as in the past. Juries will be used
at the request of defendants in some criminal cases.
2008 Feb 12, Tiger rebels
shelled a key base in northern Sri Lanka, killing six soldiers and
wounding 10, as the defense ministry said the rebels sustained heavy
losses in new fighting.
2008 Feb 12, In Syria Imad
Mughniyeh (45), the suspected mastermind of dramatic attacks on the
US Embassy and US Marine barracks that killed hundreds of Americans
in Lebanon in the 1980s, died in a car bombing. Hezbollah and its
Iranian backers blamed Israel for the killing. Israel denied
involvement and said it was looking into the death. Mughniyeh, a
Lebanese Shia, was recruited by Ali Hassan Salameh (d.1979),
the chief of operations officer of Black September. In 2015 the
Washington Post reported that the CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad
were behind the plot.
(AP, 2/13/08)(Econ, 6/7/14, p.88)(AFP, 1/31/15)
2008 Feb 12, Venezuela's state
petroleum company PDVSA said it suspended oil supplies to ExxonMobil
in retaliation for the US energy giant's effort to freeze billions
of dollars in global PDVSA assets.
2009 Feb 12, The first of four
new pennies chronicling Abraham Lincoln's rise from a small Kentucky
cabin went into circulation to honor the 16th president's 200th
2009 Feb 12, A commuter plane,
Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., coming in for
a landing nose-dived into a house in suburban Buffalo, sparking a
fiery explosion that killed all 49 people aboard and a person in the
home. It was the nation's first fatal crash of a commercial airliner
in 2 1/2 years. Historian Alison Des Forges (66), prominent human
rights advocate who documented genocide in Rwanda, was among the
victims of the crash.
(AP, 2/13/09)(AP, 2/13/09)
2009 Feb 12, In New York Aasiya
Hassan (37) was found beheaded at the Bridges TV offices. Muzzammil
Hassan, founder and CEO of Buffalo, NY-based Bridges TV, was charged
after reporting the death of his wife. He had launched Bridges in
2004 with a mission to show Muslims in a more positive light.
Muzzammil Hassan, who pleaded that he was a victim of spousal abuse,
was convicted on Feb 7, 2011.
(Reuters, 2/16/09)(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)
2009 Feb 12, Ed Grothus
(b.1923), owner of the Black Hole “nuclear waste" junk store in Los
Alamos, NM, died. The former Manhattan Project machinist began
collecting rejected equipment from the weapons lab at Los Alamos in
1969 and in 1972 established his Omega Peace Institute at a former
Lutheran church, which later became his First Church of High
(SFC, 3/14/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 12, In southern
Afghanistan a gunfight between Australian forces and Taliban
fighters killed at least 3 children who were caught in the crossfire
in Uruzgan province. In 2010 three former Australian commandos faced
serious charges in relation to the late-night raid that killed 6
Afghans, including five children. Another two children and two
adults were wounded. In 2011 Australia dropped all charges against
the three commandos.
(AP, 2/13/09)(AP, 9/27/10)(AP, 8/30/11)
2009 Feb 12, In eastern Algeria
2 bombs exploded hours after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
announced he will run for a new term, killing at least seven people.
2009 Feb 12, Canada said its
federal police will no longer use stun guns against suspects merely
resisting arrest or refusing to cooperate because the guns can cause
death. At least 20 Canadians have died after being zapped by stun
(SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 12, In Canada Timothy
Scott (22), a US Marine wanted for abandoning his unit, shot himself
to death outside his mother’s home in Nova Scotia after police tried
to talk him out of firing a gun. Scott had already served 2 terms in
(SSFC, 2/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 12, Chile’s central
bank slashed its key interest rate 2.5% to 4.75%.
(WSJ, 2/13/09, p.A8)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.40)
2009 Feb 12, China's President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mali at the start of a four-country African
tour which Beijing insists is about strengthening cooperation and
not solely for economic gain.
2009 Feb 12, The Aluminum
Corporation of China (Chinalco) announced that it would invest $19.5
billion in Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto. In June it was reported
that Chinalco would not complete the deal.
(Econ, 2/14/09, p.73)(AFP, 6/4/09)
2009 Feb 12, Local officials
confirmed that swaths of western China that have large Tibetan
populations have been declared off limits to foreign visitors, ahead
of the politically sensitive 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan
2009 Feb 12, An Egyptian
security official said police have arrested 40 suspected smugglers
and seized goods in a new crackdown on smuggling into the Hamas-run
Gaza Strip in a crackdown that started last weekend.
2009 Feb 12, Researchers in
Germany, on the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, said
they have completed the first draft of the Neanderthal genome, 3
billion genetic building blocks that will shed new light on the
ancient hominid as well as the origins of humans, its closest
relation. Lead scientist Svante Paabo established in 1997 that
Neanderthals were cousins rather than ancestors of modern humans.
(AP, 2/12/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.80)
2009 Feb 12, Domenica Niehoff
(63), Germany's best-known former prostitute, died. She was a
familiar figure on TV talk shows in the 1970s and '80s and was
instantly recognizable for her 48-inch bust and notoriously
2009 Feb 12, Hong Kong's High
Court quashed the conviction of Australian Kevin Egan, one of the
city's most high-profile lawyers, who had been jailed for leaking
the identity of a protected witness to a journalist.
2009 Feb 12, In India Chief
Justice A.P. Shah said the High Court in New Delhi is so behind in
its work that it could take 466 years to clear the backlog.
(SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 12, In Indonesia at
least 42 people were injured and hundreds of homes and buildings
damaged when a major earthquake struck off Sulawesi island near the
2009 Feb 12, In Iraq a bomb
attack targeting Shiite pilgrims in Karbala killed 8 people and
injured 52 others.
(AP, 2/12/09)(SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 12, Mexican federal
police arrested 10 alleged members of a hit squad working for the
Beltran Leyva drug cartel, who had come to Mexico City to start a
turf war with a rival cartel.
(WSJ, 2/13/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 12, Pakistan’s
government said for the first time that last November's attack on
Mumbai was launched and partly planned from Pakistan, and it was
holding in custody a ringleader and five other suspects.
2009 Feb 12, Hamas deputy
leader Moussa Abu Marzouk told Egypt's official MENA news agency
that the Islamic militant group has agreed to an 18-month truce with
2009 Feb 12, Off Somalia an
American helicopter from the USS Vella Gulf fired warning shots at
gunmen in two skiffs that had opened fire and tried to board the
Indian-flagged vessel Premdivya. US forces searched the skiff and
found weapons including rocket-propelled grenades, then took nine
suspected pirates aboard the American ship. A Russian
nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser, Peter The Great, detained 10
Somali pirates closing in on an Iranian-flagged fishing trawler. The
men, were caught with rifles, grenade-launchers, illegal narcotics
and a large sum of money.
2009 Feb 12, In Russia's
restive southern republic of Ingushetia insurgents and police
clashed, leaving four officers and three attackers dead.
2009 Feb 12, Sri Lanka's army
disbanded the mostly ineffective "safe zone" it had established in
the war-wracked north and set up a new refuge for the tens of
thousands of civilians still trapped. A Sri Lankan (26) set himself
on fire outside the UN complex in Geneva in apparent protest against
the military campaign. A five-page letter found near his body
identified the man as a Tamil who had been living in Britain.
(AP, 2/12/09)(AP, 2/14/09)
2009 Feb 12, In Venezuela tens
of thousands clad in red flooded the streets of Caracas, saying a
referendum that would end term limits is the only way President Hugo
Chavez can complete what he calls a socialist revolution.
2010 Feb 12, In Alabama Amy
Bishop (42), a biology professor at the University of Alabama in
Huntsville, gunned down three of her colleagues during a faculty
meeting in an apparent tenure dispute. On Sep 11, 2012, Bishop
pleaded guilty to killing her colleagues. On Sep 24 she was
sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 2/13/10)(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)(AP, 9/24/12)
2010 Feb 12, In Oregon Jeffrey
Grahn (46), an off-duty sheriff’s sergeant, shot and killed his wife
and another woman before fatally shooting himself at a bar in
(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A8)
2010 Feb 12, In Pennsylvania
Max Ray Vision, formerly Max Ray Butler, of San Francisco was
sentenced to 13 years in prison and ordered to pay $27.5 million to
the banks and credit card companies that he victimized. In 2009
Butler (36) had identified himself in court as “Max Vision," the
name he gave himself in the 1990s when he became a superstar in the
computer security community.
2010 Feb 12, Afghan and US
troops fought back small-scale attacks by Taliban fighters on the
northern outskirts of Marjah, as tribal elders pleaded for NATO to
finish its planned attack on the Taliban stronghold quickly and
carefully to protect civilians. Cars and trucks jammed the main road
out Marjah as hundreds of civilians defied militant orders and fled
the area ahead of the anticipated US-Afghan assault. A joint
international-Afghan patrol fired on two men mistakenly believed to
be insurgents in Gardez, south of Kabul. 3 women were "accidentally
killed as a result of the joint force firing at the men." NATO
confirmed its responsibility for the 5 deaths on April 4.
(AP, 2/12/10)(AP, 4/5/10)(SFC, 4/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 12-2010 Feb 13, A
massive iceberg, about the size of Luxembourg, struck Antarctica,
dislodging another giant block of ice from the giant floating Mertz
Glacier and shaved off a new iceberg.
2010 Feb 12 In Azerbaijan
lawmakers revised the country’s media laws to forbid journalists
from filming, recording or photographing subjects without their
(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 12, In Brazil the
World's Greatest Party opened, but the everything-goes atmosphere of
Carnival that has turned Rio de Janeiro into a giant oceanside den
of debauchery was under assault. Amid the law-and-order makeover, a
7-year-old girl prepared to samba before a crowd of thousands as a
Carnival drum corps queen.
2010 Feb 12, The XXI Olympic
Winter Games began in Vancouver, British Columbia, with the
Olympics' first-ever indoor opening ceremony. Georgian luger Nodar
Kumaritashvili died in a horrific crash on a training run, casting a
shadow as Vancouver opened the Winter Olympic Games with a daredevil
snowboarder, an aboriginal welcome, and Wayne Gretzky lighting the
(AP, 2/12/10)(Reuters, 2/13/10)(SFC, 2/22/10,
2010 Feb 12, China raised the
level of reserves banks must hold for the second time this year,
spooking financial markets on the eve of its New Year holiday by
showing it was intent to curb lending and inflation.
2010 Feb 12, In India thousands
of devout Hindus bathed in the waters of the Ganges river as part of
the Kumbh Mela, often described as the world's largest religious
gathering. The festival began on January 13 in Haridwar, a
temple-filled town at the foothills of the Himalayas where the
Ganges river enters the sprawling plains of northern India. The
festival ends April 28.
2010 Feb 12, In India Rouvanjit
Rawla (12), a pupil at the prestigious La Martiniere for Boys school
in the eastern city of Kolkata, hanged himself in his room after
being caned for bringing stink bombs into class. Illegal but often
tolerated, caning was rife in India's school system, but the suicide
of the pupil after a beating brought the practice out of the
2010 Feb 12, In Iraq a joint
raid by American and Iraqi security forces on suspected weapons
smugglers in the village of Ali al-Sharqi near the Iranian border
left at least five people dead. The troops were searching for
weapons allegedly smuggled across the border by suspected
Iranian-backed Kateb Hezbollah fighters.
(AP, 2/12/10)(AP, 2/13/10)
2010 Feb 12, Ivory Coast Pres.
Laurent Gbagbo declared that he is dissolving the government and
election commission. The move threw into doubt a political
reconciliation process that had former rebels serving in top
(SFC, 2/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 12, Palestinian
officials rallied around Rafiq Husseini, the chief of staff to
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after a video surfaced showing
him in the nude in an alleged attempt to trade his influence for
sex. Pres. Abbas fired Husseini on April 7.
(AP, 2/12/10)(AP, 4/7/10)
2010 Feb 12, The WHO said a
cholera outbreak on Papua New Guinea has killed at least 40 people
over the last several months.
(SFC, 2/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 12, Russian officials
said that at least 14 suspected Islamic militants had been killed
and one police officer wounded in two days of fighting in the
southern province of Ingushetia.
2010 Feb 12, In Somalia at
least eight people, including a six-year-old, were killed as mortars
pounded Mogadishu during an attack on government soldiers by
al-Shabab fighters. Hundreds of residents fled Mogadishu.
2010 Feb 12, A senior Yemeni
official accused northern rebels of violating a cease-fire agreement
hours after it took effect, killing a soldier and wounding another
in an attack on a police station.
2011 Feb 12, Activists at the
Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, selected
Texas Rep. Ron Paul as their top choice for the 2012 presidential
nomination. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mit Romney finished a strong
(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A14)
2011 Feb 12, The US defense
budget, around $700 million a year including war expenditures, was
as big as the those of the world’s next 20 highest military spenders
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.33)
2011 Feb 12, US researchers
said that people who used two specific varieties of pesticide,
paraquat and rotenone, were 2.5 times as likely to develop
2011 Feb 12, Louisiana
authorities said 4 people died and one was rescued after their boat
capsized during a fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico.
2011 Feb 12, In New York Maksim
Gelman (23) was taken into custody after a bloody 28-hour rampage
across New York City. He had gotten into a fight with his mother
after she refused to allow him to use her Lexus. Armed with five
knives Gelman fatally stabbed his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her
mother, ran down a pedestrian in a stolen car, and slashed and
wounded four other people before being arrested in a Times Square
2011 Feb 12, In Afghanistan
Taliban suicide bombers killed 19 people, including 15 police and an
intelligence agent, in an assault on police headquarters in Kandahar
2011 Feb 12, In Algeria more
than 400 people were arrested during a pro-democracy protest that
brought some 10 thousand people onto the streets of Algiers. The
marchers urged reforms pushing Algeria toward democracy but did not
specifically call for Pres. Bouteflika to resign. Some 28,000
security forces were deployed to block the march and disperse the
2011 Feb 12, A Cambodian mother
died from bird flu after preparing and eating meat contaminated by
the deadly H5N1 virus. Her 11-month-old son died on Feb 17. A
5-year-old girl died earlier this month in Phnom Penh, a case also
linked to contact with sick poultry.
2011 Feb 12, China’s the Xinhua
News Agency reported that Liu Zhijun (58), who has been head of the
railway ministry since 2003, is under investigation for "severe
violations of discipline" and has been removed from his position as
the ministry's Communist Party chief. He will be replaced by Sheng
Guangzu (62), head of the General Administration of Customs.
2011 Feb 12, Egypt’s ruling
military pledged to eventually hand power to an elected civilian
government and reassured allies that Egypt will abide by its peace
treaty with Israel after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, as
it outlined the first cautious steps in a promised transition to
greater democracy. Human Rights Watch documented 302 deaths thus
far, many of them victims of police gunfire on the nights of Jan 28
(AP, 2/12/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.27)
2011 Feb 12, At least 13
Egyptians died and nearly two dozen were injured when a 6-storey
building collapsed in the southern tourist town of Luxor.
2011 Feb 12, Greece slammed EU
and the IMF inspectors overseeing efforts to reform its
debt-crippled economy. The IMF, the European Central Bank and the
European Commission said Greece must privatize $68 billion in state
assets and speed up structural reforms. Unemployment was at 13.5%
and was forecast to reach 15%.
(SSFC, 2/13/11, p.A4)(Econ, 2/5/11, p.62)
2011 Feb 12, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew himself up on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims, killing 36
people on their way to the al-Askari mosque in Samarra that has been
a flash point in Iraqi sectarian strife.
(AP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2011 Feb 12, Italian auto giant
Fiat, under pressure to abandon any plan to move its headquarters to
the United States, committed to invest 20 billion euros to produce
1.4 million vehicles in Italy.
2011 Feb 12, Malawi drew
criticism from donor countries over "certain negative trends" in the
poor southern African nation, including a new law that allows
publications to be banned.
2011 Feb 12, In Mexico 11
people were slain in several separate murders overnight in Ciudad
Juarez. Gunmen shot dead five men together in an additional group
killing on a highway between Chihuahua city and Ciudad Juarez. 7
presumed cartel gunmen were shot dead by soldiers near Monterrey
during a midnight chase and shootout. A civilian was also killed
when the gunmen crashed into his car as they tried to flee soldiers.
Hours later armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a
crowded nightclub early in the day, killing six people and wounding
at least 37 in Guadalajara, a city whose former tranquility has been
shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels.
(AFP, 2/13/11)(AP, 2/13/11)
2011 Feb 12, In Nicaragua Jose
Gabriel Garmendia, a former Contra rebel, was killed by the
Nicaraguan army, which described him as a common criminal. He had
fought Nicaragua's government in the 1980s and launched another
uprising against President Daniel Ortega because of Ortega's plans
to seek re-election.
2011 Feb 12, In Nigeria a
stampede happened shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan
addressed a surging crowd of party supporters in a sports stadium in
Port Harcourt. 11 people were killed and a 12th person died the next
2011 Feb 12, A Pakistani court
issued an arrest warrant for exiled former president Pervez
Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir
Bhutto, officially implicating him for first time in the death of
the former prime minister and rival.
2011 Feb 12, Pakistani security
forces captured a would-be suicide bomber and five handlers while
another blew himself up in the northwestern Swat valley town of
2011 Feb 12, In the southern
Philippines army troops captured a jungle encampment of
al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen and killed five militants in a
gunbattle that also left two soldiers dead near the village of
Baiwas. Among the dead was Juhaiber Alamsirul, a close aide of Abu
Sayyaf commander Nurhassan Jamiri, who has been blamed for
beheadings and kidnappings.
2011 Feb 12, Russian police
detained Sergei Udaltsov, head of the anti-Kremlin Left Front group,
and 13 other activists during a rally in Moscow that drew hundreds
of protesters. A regional leader of the pro-Kremlin Just Russia
party was gunned down in the province of Adygeya. Alexander Loboda
was sprayed with bullets from a passing car in the town of Maykop.
Two suspected Islamic militants were gunned down in Nazran, the
largest city in the province of Ingushetia. Dagestan police found
the body of a man apparently killed a day earlier by an improvised
explosive device. The man was said to be an Islamic militant who
triggered the device by mistake in the Kyzyl-Yurt district.
2011 Feb 12, Somali pirates
hijacked the bulk carrier MV Sinin and its 23 crew members.
(SFC, 2/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 12, In Sudan hundreds
of civilians sought refuge at a UN compound in the contested town of
Abyei following a spate of violence that killed three people from
2011 Feb 12, In Yemen several
thousand young Yemenis gathered in central Sanaa, calling for
President Ali Abdallah Saleh to step down and follow the example of
Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Police with clubs beat the
(AFP, 2/12/11)(AP, 2/12/11)
2012 Feb 12, The 54th Grammy
Awards were held in Los Angeles. British singer Adele won every
award she was up for including Album of the year for “21" and Record
of the year for “Rolling in the Deep."
(SFC, 2/13/12, p.D1)
2012 Feb 12, DogTV went live on
Time Warner Cable and Cox Media. It was produced by Jasmine Group,
an Israeli company, which hoped to charge a premium of $4.99 per
month for the channel designed to keep dogs company.
(SFC, 3/5/12, p.D3)
2012 Feb 12, In Northern
California authorities unearthed more skull fragments and other
human remains, along with clothes, a purse and jewelry, in a well
where convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine said there may be
10 or more victims.
2012 Feb 12, The Afghan Health
Ministry said that the director of a medical clinic in Helmand
province was found dead after being kidnapped a week ago by unknown
gunmen. The provincial government of Helmand province said a
roadside bomb killed three civilians in Washir district.
2012 Feb 12, In Brazil Paulo
Rodrigues (51), the editor-in-chief of a newspaper that crusaded
against corruption in the rough border region with Paraguay, was
shot dead in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul state, where his Jornal
da Praca newspaper and Mercosulnews.com website are based.
2012 Feb 12, Black-and-white
turned to gold as silent movie "The Artist" won seven BAFTA awards
including best film at a ceremony in London, raising expectations of
a strong showing at the Academy Awards. Meryl Streep clinched the
leading actress prize for her portrayal of former British PM
Margaret Thatcher both as a politician at the height of her power
and as a frail elderly lady suffering from dementia, in "The Iron
2012 Feb 12, In CongoDRC a
private jet crashed while landing in the eastern city of Bukavu.
Presidential aid Augustin Katumba Mwanke (48) was among those
killed. There were 2 pilots and 7 passengers on the private jet. Two
American crew members also died, as well as two people crushed by
the plane as it came down at Bukavu airport.
(AP, 2/12/12)(AFP, 2/13/12)
2012 Feb 12, In Egypt a UN
freelance consultant was fatally shot in the head while driving
through an upscale Cairo neighborhood in a random daytime shooting.
She was a consultant with the women's fund at the United Nations in
Cairo and also worked at a medical lab.
2012 Feb 12, Greek lawmakers
approved harsh new austerity measures, 199-74, demanded by bailout
creditors to save the nation from bankruptcy as rioters destroyed or
seriously damaged 93 buildings, many in the city’s historic center.
(AP, 2/13/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.53)
2012 Feb 12, Iran’s Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh that Iran
would always stand by the Palestinian resistance against Israel and
warned him against compromisers. Pres. Ahmadinejad said it was
Iran’s duty to stand by the Palestinians.
(SFC, 2/13/12, p.A3)
2012 Feb 12, Israeli unions
announced they were ending a general strike on its fifth day, after
reaching an agreement with treasury officials that will boost
salaries and benefits for contract workers.
2012 Feb 12, Israeli airstrikes
killed Abdelkareem Abu Zeituneh (71), an orchard security guard in
the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said in a statement that
aircraft targeted tunnels and a weapons factory in response to
rocket fire on southern Israel.
2012 Feb 12, In Ivory Coast
clashes broke out between the ethnic Agni and the Republican Forces
of Ivory Coast (FRCI) backed by ethnic Malinke and continued on to
the next day leaving 3 people killed and a dozen wounded.
2012 Feb 12, In Libya clashes
erupted between members of the Zwai and Tobu tribes in the town of
Kufra and continued into the next day. At least 17 people were
killed in the two days of fighting with another 22 wounded.
2012 Feb 12, Malaysia deported
Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country
over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from
human rights group who said he faced execution. His tweet: "I have
loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there
is a lot I don't understand about you. "I will not pray for you."
2012 Feb 12, Ousted Maldives
president Mohamed Nasheed rejected a US call for compromise and
rejected a unity government to end political unrest as fresh clashes
erupted in the Indian Ocean nation.
2012 Feb 12, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb hidden in a television set exploded in a house on
the outskirts of Peshawar, killing at least seven people. Police
believed the attack was part of a local feud.
2012 Feb 12, In South Africa
the Impala Platinum worker’s union said the world's number two
producer has agreed to take back 17,200 workers who were fired for
going on strike.
2012 Feb 12, In Spain some ten
thousands people took to the streets of Madrid in support of
Baltasar Garzon, a judge who won global fame for taking on
international human rights cases, but has now been barred from the
bench for ordering jailhouse wiretaps.
2012 Feb 12, Sudan and
breakaway South Sudan agreed to cooperate in the transfer of more
than 300,000 people to the South. The deal allowed South Sudanese to
choose where they want to live and set an April 8 deadline for
500,000 people to go back to their homeland or to "normalize" their
stay in Sudan.
(AFP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/14/12)
2012 Feb 12, The Arab League
foreign ministers meeting in Cairo adopted a draft resolution
calling for an immediate cease-fire in Syria and called on the UN
Security Council to pass a resolution creating a joint peacekeeping
force for Syria. Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri threw the terror
network's support behind Syrian rebels trying to topple President
Bashar Assad. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby accepted the
resignation of Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Dabi, the head of the Syrian
observer mission, and nominated former Jordanian Foreign Minister
Abdullah al-Khatib as the new envoy.
2012 Feb 12, Turkmenistan held
presidential elections. The seven candidates running against
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov (54) have all made praise for
his leadership a central plank of their campaigns. Berdymukhamedov
won a new five-year term by capturing 97 percent of the vote. A
Western expert called the vote a democratic sham.
(AP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/13/12)
2012 Feb 12, Venezuelans lined
up to vote in the country's first-ever opposition presidential
primary, choosing a single challenger they hope will have what it
takes to finally defeat President Hugo Chavez after 13 years in
office. Henrique Capriles (39), governor of Miranda state, easily
won the opposition presidential primary.
(AP, 2/12/12)(AP, 2/13/12)
2012 Feb 12, In southern Yemen
al-Qaida-linked militants in Azan and Jaar publicly executed two
Yemenis suspected of collaborating with the United States.
2012 Feb 12, Zimbabwe state
media said International diamond watchdog the Kimberley Process (KP)
has certified Zimbabwe's Diamond Mining Company to sell gems from
the violence-tainted Marange fields.
2013 Feb 12, President Obama
made his State of the Union address. He announced plans with the EU
to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic
free trade deal. Obama also said that the first 34,000 troops will
leave Afghanistan within a year and more in 2014, when all foreign
combat forces are to leave the country.
2013 Feb 12, Christopher
Dorner, the fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop sought in three killings,
exchanged gunfire with authorities in the San Bernardino Mountains.
It's believed Dorner committed a residential burglary of a cabin
where a couple was tied up, stole a pickup and escaped to another
cabin. One sheriff’s deputy died in the exchange of gunfire. The ID
of Dorner’s body was soon confirmed with dental records. Only after
calls for surrender and use of milder tear gas did deputies launch
pyrotechnic gas canisters into the cabin, and the subsequent fire
was not intentional, the Sheriff's Department said.
(AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/15/13,
2013 Feb 12, IOC leaders
meeting in Switzerland dropped wrestling from the Olympic program, a
surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from
the 2020 Games.
2013 Feb 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of protesters demonstrated again over the lenient Feb 5
ruling against Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the Jamaat party, for
his role in the 1971 independence war.
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 12, In Brazil a fire
on a Carnival float killed four people and injured five in the port
city of Santos. The float reportedly caught fire after striking a
2013 Feb 12, British
authorities raided a slaughterhouse in Yorkshire and a meat
processing company suspected of selling horsemeat labeled as beef
for kebabs and burgers.
(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 12, Barclays' new
chief executive pledged a fresh course for Britain's third biggest
bank, axing at least 3,700 jobs and pruning its investment bank as
he seeks to rebuild its reputation and boost profitability after a
series of scandals.
2013 Feb 12, G4S settled a
months-long dispute with the organizers of the London Olympics,
having failed to supply enough security guards for the 2012 Games,
and said it will take a 70 million pound loss on the contract.
2013 Feb 12, In Egypt hundreds
of low-ranking policemen held protests demanding they not be used as
a tool for political oppression in the country's ongoing turmoil.
2013 Feb 12, Two French aid
workers were convicted of fraud and sentenced to 2 years in prison
for trying to bring 103 children from central Africa to France for
adoption, claiming they were orphans from Darfur. Four other Zoe's
Ark members were convicted of trying to bring foreign minors into
France, but given suspended sentences ranging from 6 months to a
year. The six workers were arrested in Chad in 2007 as they sought
to put the children on a plane.
2013 Feb 12, French workers
fired flares and paint bombs and riot police answered with tear gas
in a standoff over layoffs at a plant for US tire maker Goodyear,
amid tensions over a slump in Europe's car industry. Another
demonstration targeted the headquarters of carmaker PSA Peugeot
Citroen, which is laying off thousands of people.
2013 Feb 12, In Guam a man
drove a Toyota Yaris onto a sidewalk striking seven tourists at an
upscale shopping area fronting the Outrigger Guam Resort in Tumon
Bay. Chad Ryan DeSoto (21) of Tamuning was charged with two counts
of murder, 13 counts of attempted murder and 13 counts of aggravated
assault. One of the wounded died the next day.
(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 2/14/13)
2013 Feb 12, A Milan appeals
court convicted two former Italian spy chiefs for their role in the
kidnapping of a terror suspect as part of the CIA's extraordinary
rendition program. The court sentenced Nicolo Pollari, the former
head of Italian military intelligence, to 10 years, and Marco
Mancini, a former deputy and head of counterintelligence, to nine.
Three other Italian agents also were convicted and handed six-year
sentences. All the convictions can be appealed.
2013 Feb 12, In Libya 4
foreigners were arrested in Benghazi on suspicion of distributing
books about Christianity and proselytizing. Spreading Christianity
is a crime in Libya. Police said they found 45,000 books in their
possession and that another 25,000 have already been distributed.
2013 Feb 12, North Korea said
it tested a “miniaturized" nuclear device in the remote, snowy
northeast. China summoned the North's ambassador for a
dressing-down. Experts assumed it was nuclear partly from the shape
of its seismic signal.
(AP, 2/12/13)(SFC, 2/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 12, The Kremlin said
President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill that would ban Russian
Cabinet members and other senior officials from having foreign bank
accounts and owning foreign stock.
2013 Feb 12, In northern Syria
rebels captured the Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province,
their second major strategic victory in as many days.
2013 Feb 12, Thailand marines
fending off a militant assault on their base in Narathiwat province
killed 16 insurgents in a shootout.
(AP, 2/13/13)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.44)
2013 Feb 12, In Ukraine a
600-square-meter (6,500-square-foot) section of the roof over the
turbine hall at the fourth power block at Chernobyl collapsed due to
heavy snowfall. A new giant arch-shaped confinement is currently
being constructed over the old sarcophagus. The construction of the
new shelter was not affected by the accident.
2013 Feb 12, Scientists in
Zimbabwe said a fresh water crayfish brought from Australia is
breeding out of control in the northern Lake Kariba, devouring the
food sources of other fish and putting the nation's entire aquatic
ecosystem at risk. The red claw crayfish was introduced a decade ago
for a fish farming project.
2014 Feb 12, Pres. Obama signed
an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A9)
2014 Feb 12, A US federal judge
ordered that Kentucky recognize same-sex marriages that had been
legally performed in other states, opening the door for activists to
strike down the state’s ban entirely.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A9)
2014 Feb 12, in Kentucky a
sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling
Green damaging eight cars.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A7)
2014 Feb 12, It was reported
that Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2
billion in stock or $158.82 per TWC share, which closed at $135.31.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A13)
2014 Feb 12, Sid Caesar
(b.1922), former TV comedian, died at his home in Beverly Hills. His
“Your Show of Shows" dominated the Saturday viewing habits of
millions of Americans from 1950-1954.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A8)
2014 Feb 12, In Bangladesh a
mortar shell exploded accidentally during firing practice at a
military training base, killing five military and border guard
personnel and injuring 14 others.
2014 Feb 12, In Brazil some
15,000 landless peasants demanding land reform engaged police in
Brasilia. At least 32 people were injured.
(SSFC, 2/16/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 12, British police
searched a home in the southeastern town of Crawley as part of an
investigation into reports that a man named as Abdul Waheed Majid
(41) was responsible for a suicide attack in Syria.
2014 Feb 12, Britain’s Serious
Fraud Office (SFO) arrested Sudhir Choudhri, an Indian-born donor to
one of Britain's ruling political parties, and his son as part of an
investigation into Rolls-Royce's dealings in Asia.
2014 Feb 12, Flooded
communities in Britain faced a fresh battering from storms and high
winds as emergency efforts in stricken areas picked up following
criticism of a sluggish response.
2014 Feb 12, China's Cabinet
announced that 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) has been set aside
this year to reward cities and regions that make significant
progress in controlling air pollution, highlighting how the issue
has become a priority for the leadership.
2014 Feb 12, Amnesty
International said the exodus of tens of thousands of Muslims from
Central African Republic amounts to "ethnic cleansing." French
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pledged on a visit to CAR to
continue disarming both Muslim and Christian fighters. African Union
peacekeepers uncovered a mass grave at a military camp in Bangui
occupied by the Muslim Seleka rebels.
(AP, 2/12/14)(Reuters, 2/12/14)
2014 Feb 12, In China a strong
and shallow 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the far western region
of Xinjiang, but in a sparsely populated area.
2014 Feb 12, CongoDRC Pres.
Joseph Kabila, announced an amnesty for former members of the
defeated M23 rebel army.
2014 Feb 12, A municipal
planning committee advanced a plan to build a Jewish seminary in the
heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, triggering angry
Palestinian accusations that Israel was undermining already troubled
Mideast peace efforts.
2014 Feb 12, Italy's
constitutional court struck down a drug law that tripled sentences
for selling, cultivating or possessing cannabis and which has been
blamed for causing prison overcrowding.
2014 Feb 12, In Kenya 70 men
arrested during a raid on a mosque in the port city of Mombasa were
formally charged with being members of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked
2014 Feb 12, Lebanon's army
arrested Naim Abbas, a senior al Qaeda-linked militant, described by
security sources as a "mastermind of car bombs" that targeted
Shi'ite areas of the country.
2014 Feb 12, Niger police
detained three journalists from the Anfani private radio station as
well as a union leader who criticized President Mahamadou Issfouou
2014 Feb 12, Nigeria said it
would open a probe into claims of state-sponsored killings dating
back to the era of military rule, raising hopes that perpetrators
will finally be brought to book.
2014 Feb 12, Russian geologist
Yevgeny Vitishko, a leading activist who campaigned against
environmental damage caused by preparations for the Winter Olympics,
was sentenced to three years in a penal colony. A court in Krasnodar
converted a 2012 suspended sentence to a prison term.
(AFP, 2/12/14)(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 12, South African
police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at supporters of the
ruling ANC party who attacked an opposition rally in Johannesburg,
amid escalating tensions ahead of a crunch general election.
2014 Feb 12, Syrian government
forces and fighters from Lebanese ally Hezbollah pounded Syria's
strategic border town of Yabroud in apparent preparation for a new
offensive to flush out rebels. At least 51 people were reportedly
killed in Aleppo, mainly by barrel bombs dropped on eight rebel-held
districts from helicopters.
(Reuters, 2/12/14)(AP, 2/13/14)
2014 Feb 12, UN leader Ban
Ki-moon condemned what he said was the use of cluster bombs in the
war in South Sudan.
2014 Feb 12, In Venezuela 3
people were killed in Caracas as protests against Pres. Maduro
turned violent. Armed members of a pro-government vigilante arrived
on motorcycles and began shooting at more than 100 anti-Maduro
student protesters clashing with security forces.
(SFC, 2/13/14, p.A2)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.30)