Thursday, February 29, 2024

Today in History: Abraham Lincoln is born

Today is Monday, February 12, the 43rd day of the year 2024. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today’s story highlight:

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin County (now LaRue), Kentucky.

To this date :

In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who had claimed the English throne for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being convicted of high treason.

In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP, was founded.

In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing dynasty.

In 1914, groundbreaking for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC took place (a year later, on this date, the cornerstone was laid.)

In 1973, Operation Homecoming began with the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict.

In 1983, composer and pianist Eubie Blake, who wrote songs such as “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Memories of You,” died in Brooklyn, New York, at age 96.

In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

In 2000, Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, died in Santa Rosa, California, at the age of 77.

In 2002, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was tried in The Hague for war crimes (he died in 2006 before the trial concluded).

In 2006, figure skater Michelle Kwan effectively retired from competition, withdrawing from the Turin Olympics due to injury (she was replaced on the U.S. team by Emily Hughes).

In 2012, Adele became the big winner at the Grammy Awards, taking home six trophies, including record and song of the year for “Rolling in the Deep” and album of the year for “21,” at a ceremony overshadowed by the death of Whitney Houston the day before.

In 2013, the manhunt for former rogue Los Angeles cop Christopher Dorner, who sought revenge for his firing, ended with his apparent suicide in a mountain cabin following a shootout with the law enforcement ; the authorities blamed him for the murder of four people, including two police officers.

At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Adele won all five awards she was nominated for, including Album of the Year for “25,” as well as Record and Song of the Year for “Hello “.

In 2019, Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted in New York of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation. (Guzman is serving a life sentence at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.)

In 2021, Donald Trump’s lawyers defended him against impeachment during his Senate trial by accusing Democrats of waging a “hate” campaign against the former president and manipulating his comments in office. approaches the deadly siege of the US Capitol.

In 2023, Patrick Mahomes was the MVP as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles to win their third NFL championship in four years in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona.

Today’s birthdays: director Costa-Gavras is 91 years old. Actor Joe Don Baker is 88 years old. Author Judy Blume is 86 years old. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is 82 years old. Country singer Moe Bandy is 80 years old. Actress Maud Adams is 79 years old. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 80 years old. 78. Actor Michael Ironside is 74 years old. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 74 years old. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 72 years old. Actress Joanna Kerns is 71 years old. Actor Zach Grenier is 70 years old. Talk show host Arsenio Hall is 68 years old. Actor John Michael Higgins is 61 years old. Actor Raphael Sbarge is 60 years old. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is 59 years old. Actor Christine Elise is 59 years old. Actor Josh Brolin is 56 years old. Singer Chynna Phillips is 56 years old. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 54 years old. Actor Jesse Spencer is 45 years old. Rapper Gucci Mane is 44 years old. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 44 years old. Actress Christina Ricci is 44 years old. Actress Jennifer Stone is 31 years old. Actors Baylie and Rylie Cregut (TV: “Raising Hope”) are 14 years old.

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