February 12


Lady Jane Grey, queen of England for nine days (in 1553), was executed for high treason.


Led by philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe, the first English colonists arrived in Georgia, at the site of Savannah.


Chile formally proclaimed its independence from Spain.


The Utah Territory granted women the right to vote (revoked in 1887).


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.


Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Manchu (Ch'ing) dynasty in China, renounced his throne following the establishment of a republic under Sun Yat-sen.


The first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam war took place.


The Senate voted to acquit President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.


Yugoslavian ex-president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial for war crimes.


The 2010 Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The games got off to a tragic start when a luger from the Republic of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili, dies tragically in a crash during training run.

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