On this day.... February 12

National Plum Pudding Day

FEBRUARY 12TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY


BIRTHDAYS:

  • COTTON MATHER (1663-1728)
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865)
  • CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882)
  • JOE GARAGIOLA (1926-2016)


  • ARLEN SPECTER (1930-2012)
  • BILL RUSSELL (1934, 84)
  • JUDY BLUME (1938, 80)


  • MICHAEL IRONSIDE (1950, 68)
  • MICHAEL MCDONALD (1952, 66)
  • JOANNA KERNS (1953, 65)


  • ARSENIO HALL (1955, 63)
  • JOSH BROLIN (1968, 50)
  • DARREN ARANOFSKY (1969, 49)
  • CHRISTINA RICCI (1980, 38)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1502, VASCO DA GAMA SETS SAIL FROM PORTUGAL TO INDIA
  • IN 1554, LADY JANE GREY IS EXECUTED FOR TREASON ONLY NINE DAYS AFTER BECOMING QUEEN OF ENGLAND


  • IN 1733, GENERAL JAMES OGLETHORPE LANDS IN SAVANNAH AND FOUNDS GEORGIA
  • IN 1793, THE US PASSES THE FUGITIVE SLAVE LAW, REQUIRING THE RETURN OF RUNAWAY SLAVES TO THEIR OWNERS
  • IN 1855, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY OPENS
  • IN 1874, PRESIDENT GRANT HOLDS A STATE DINNER FOR THE VISITING KING OF HAWAII
  • IN 1879, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OPENS THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL ICE SKATING RINK
  • IN 1908, GEORGE SCHUSTER WINS THE FIRST EVER AUTO RACE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO PARIS. IT TOOK 88 DAYS AND CROSSED FROM ALASKA TO SIBERIA
  • IN 1908, ANNA JEANES DONATES $1 MILLION TO MAKE SWARTHMORE ALL FEMALE
  • IN 1909, THE NAACP IS FOUNDED


  • IN 1914, THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED IN WASHINGTON, DC
  • IN 1914, CECIL B. DEMILLE’S “THE SQUAW MAN”, THE FIRST FEATURE LENGTH FILM SHOT IN HOLLYWOOD, OPENS
  • IN 1915, ADOLF HITLER RECEIVES THE IRON CROSS FOR BRAVERY IN WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1924, GERSHWIN’S “RHAPSODY IN BLUE” IS PERFORMED PUBLICLY FOR THE 1ST TIME


  • IN 1934, THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IS INCORPORATED
  • IN 1937, THE CLEVELAND (LOS ANGELES) RAMS ARE GRANTED AN NFL FRANCHISE
  • IN 1947, CHRISTIAN DIOR SHOWS HIS FIRST MAJOR COLLECTION, “THE NEW LOOK”
  • IN 1949, “ANNIE GET YOUR GUN” CLOSES ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1950, ALBERT EINSTEIN WARNS AGAINST USING THE HYDROGEN BOMB
  • IN 1950, SENATOR JOE MCCARTHY ANNOUNCES HE HAS COMPILED A LIST OF 205 COMMUNISTS WORKING WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT
  • IN 1955, THE MCGUIRE SISTERS BEGIN A TEN WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “SINCERELY”


  • IN 1955, PRESIDENT EISENHOWER SENDS ADVISORS TO SOUTH VIETNAM
  • IN 1961, THE MIRACLES’ “SHOP AROUND” GOES TO #1 AND IS CERTIFIED FOR ONE MILLION SALES
  • IN 1962, BUS BOYCOTTS BEGIN IN MACON, GEORGIA
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES PERFORM THEIR FIRST CONCERT IN NYC AT CARNEGIE HALL
  • IN 1972, AL GREEN GOES TO #1 WITH “LET’S STAY TOGETHER”


  • IN 1976, SAL MINEO DIES AFTER BEING STABBED AT 37
  • IN 1977, THE POLICE RECORD THEIR FIRST SINGLE “FALL OUT” IN LONDON
  • IN 1977, PINK FLOYD RELEASES THEIR 10TH ALBUM “ANIMALS”
  • IN 1989, BARBARA HARRIS IS THE FIRST FEMALE BISHOP FOR A US EPISCOPAL CHURCH
  • IN 1991, NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA FORM A JOINT TABLE TENNIS TEAM
  • IN 1994, THE 17TH WINTER OLYMPICS OPEN IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY


  • IN 1994, EDVARD MUNCH’S “THE SCREAM” IS STOLEN FROM AN OSLO MUSEUM
  • IN 1994, ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS HOSPITALIZED FOR A DRUG OVERDOSE
  • IN 1997, RON GOLDMAN’S FATHER STATES THAT HE WILL RETURN A $20.5 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT FOR A SIGNED MURDER CONFESSION FROM O.J. SIMPSON
  • IN 1997, US HOLDS A PRESS CONFERENCE IN A MANHATTAN K-MART’S LINGERIE SECTION TO ANNOUNCE THEIR “POP MART” TOUR


  • IN 1999, THE US SENATE ACQUITS PRESIDENT CLINTON IN HIS IMPEACHMENT TRIAL
  • IN 2002, THE WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL AT THE HAGUE OPENS THE TRIAL AGAINST FORMER YUGOSLAVIAN PRESIDENT SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC
  • IN 2004, THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO BEGINS ISSUING SAME SEX MARRIAGE LICENSES
  • IN 2010, THE 21ST WINTER OLYMPICS OPEN IN VANCOUVER CANADA
  • IN 2014, SID CAESAR DIES AT 91

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