February 12 in Pop Culture History

February 12th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 12th History Highlights

  • 1733 – James Oglethorpe founded Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, by settling at Savannah.
  • 1870 – Women were granted the right to vote in the Utah Territory.
  • 1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida Wells-Barnett and others.
  • 1999 – The US Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton after he was impeached by the US House of Representatives.
  • If you were born on February 12th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… May 22nd (prior year)

February 12th is…

Hug Day
Lost Penny Day
National Plum Pudding Day
Oglethorpe Day (in Georgia)
Paul Bunyan Day
Safety Pup Day

February 12th Birthday Quotes

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“History is the story of events, with praise or blame.”
– Cotton Mather

“Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.”
– Anna Pavlova

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
– Charles Darwin

“Most people think they know the answer. I am willing to admit I don’t even know the question.”
– Arsenio Hall

“I’m satisfied and proud of the things I did – even the bumps and the bruises that I’ve had on the way. You fall down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you keep going. And that’s what we’re doing.”
– Gucci Mane

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”
– Omar Nelson Bradley

“The ancient Egyptians used to say: if you say a man’s name, he is alive. I take this opportunity to say, Jim Morrison.”
– Ray Manzarek

February 12th Birthdays

1606 – John Winthrop the Younger, English-American colonist lawyer and politician, Governor of Connecticut (died in 1676)
1663 – Cotton Mather, North American Puritan minister (died in 1728)
1809 – Charles Darwin, English geologist and theorist (died in 1882)
1809 – Abraham Lincoln, American politician, 16th President of the United States (assassinated in 1865)
1834 – Paul Bunyan, Giant American lumberjack, fictional: possibly based on Fabian Fournier (1845 – 1875)
1876 – 13th Dalai Lama (died in 1933)
1880 – John L. Lewis, American miner and union leader (died in 1969)
1881 – Anna Pavlova, Russian ballarina (died in 1931)
1893 – Omar Nelson Bradley, American general (died in 1981)
1898 – Roy Harris, American composer (died in 1979)
1904 – Ted Mack, American radio and television host (died in 1976)
1914 – Tex Beneke, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader (died in 2000)
1915 – Lorne Greene, Canadian-American actor (died in 1987)
1919 – Forrest Tucker, American actor (died in 1986)
1930 – Arlen Specter, American politician (died in 2012)
1938 – Judy Blume, American author
1939 – Ray Manzarek, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player (died in 2013)
1945 – Maud Adams, Swedish model and actress
1950 – Michael Ironside, Canadian actor
1956 – Arsenio Hall, American comedic actor and talk show host
1968 – Josh Brolin, American actor
1968 – Chynna Phillips, American singer
1973 – Tara Strong, Canadian voice actress
1979 – Jesse Spencer, American actress
1980 – Sarah Lancaster, American actress
1980 – Christina Ricci, American actress
1980 – Gucci Mane (Radric Delantic Davis), American rapper
1988 – Mike Posner, American singer-songwriter

February 12th History

Feb 12 is Darwin Day, named after the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth (Feb 12, 1813)

881 – Charles the Fat was declared the Holy Roman Emperor.

1855 – Michigan State University was established.

1870 – Women were given the right to vote, in Utah.

1879 – The first artificial ice rink opened in Madison Square Garden in NYC.

1898 – The first car crash resulting in a fatality happened to Henry Lindfield, in England.

1914 – The first stone of Washington DC’s Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

1924 – Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin, performed for the first time at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. Paul Whitman conducted the now-classic piece of American music.

1931 – Dracula premiered in theaters.

1935 – The patent (#1,991,236) was issued to Robert Jemison Van de Graaff for his Electrostatic Generator.

1940 – Mutual Radio presented the first broadcast of The Adventures of Superman.

1955 – #1 Hit February 12, 1955 – March 25, 1955: The McGuire Sisters – Sincerely

1963 – Construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

1972 – #1 Hit February 12, 1972 – February 18, 1972: Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

1985 – East End Show – Me and My Girl (Musical) February 12, 1985

1999 – President Bill Clinton was acquitted on both articles of impeachment against him: perjury and obstruction of justice.

2004 – The city and county of San Francisco began to issue a marriage license to same-sex couples

2004 – Mattel officially announced the split of Barbie and Ken

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

It’s amazing to think that humans started off bashing rocks together, and now we have superconducting magnets cooled to near-absolute-zero smashing rocks together at close to the speed of light.

The Capital of Poland is Warsaw

Biggest film of 1981: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Action/Adventure) earned ~ $248,000,000

“Airplane!” (1980) is a remake of a serious 1957 TV movie called “Zero Hour”. The producers actually bought the rights to it.

A group of Bananas is called a Bunch.

The most complex object in the known universe is sitting right inside your skull.

Victoria Island, Canada’s 2nd largest island, the world’s 8th largest, and that it contains the world’s largest island within an island within an island.

Biggest film of 1950: Cinderella (Drama) earned ~ $85,000,000

“In a world full of people only some want to fly, isn’t that crazy?” #songlyrics

I don’t recall the last time I clicked “Next Page” on a Google search.

Every single person you meet knows something that you don’t.

George C. Scott refused the 1970 Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Patton because he believed every dramatic performance is unique and cannot be compared.

Gene Wilder – Real Name: Jerome Silberman

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

“Put that coffee down. Coffee’s for closers only.” – Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross #moviequotes

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