February 12 in Pop Culture History

12February 12 in Pop Culture 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.

1809 –¬†Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were both born on February 12th, 1809

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 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 SistersSincerely

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

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

1985 –¬†Me and My Girl¬†(East End Musical) Opened on February 12, 1985 and Closed: January 16, 1993 (revival of the 1937 musical)

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 marriage license to same-sex couples

2004 – Mattel officially announced the split of Barbie and Ken

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