On This Day In History, 12 February

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World Events Today

  • The impeachment trial of the United States President, Bill Clinton, came to an end today in 1999, he was acquitted by the Senate
  • The NEAR, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, Shoemaker spacecraft became the first to ever land on an asteroid today in 2001
  • The Republic of Macedonia officially changed its name to the Republic of North Macedonia today in 2019, ending its dispute with Greece

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first feature movie shot in Hollywood, a silent western drama called The Squaw Man, was released today in 1914
  • The Rolling Stones band members, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, were both arrested on drug charges today in 1967
  • The 21st Winter Olympics opened today in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada

Family Events Today

  • The English naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin, famed for his book, On the Origin of Species, was born today in 1809 in Shrewsbury
  • The American statesman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln, who served as the 16th President of the United States, was born today in 1809 in Kentucky
  • The English football goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks, who played in the World Cup winning team of 1966, died today in 2019 aged 81

Main Event Today

  • Following his extradition to the United States, the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, was found guilty of all charges against him today in 2019, he was later sentenced to life plus 30 years

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Plum Pudding Day

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