February 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1733 - Englishman James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, and its first city at Savannah (known as Georgia Day).
- 1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
- 1914 - In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
- 1946 - African American United States Army veteran Isaac Woodard is severely beaten by a South Carolina police officer to the point where he loses his vision in both eyes. The incident later galvanizes the Civil Rights Movement and partially inspires Orson Welles' filmTouch of Evil.
- 2001 - NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
- Famous Birthdays: Rudolf Jakob Camerarius (German botanist and physician), étienne-Louis Boullée (French architect), Carl Reichenbach (German chemist and philosopher), Charles Darwin (English scientist and theorist), Abraham Lincoln (American lawyer and politician, 16th President of the United States)
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