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Today in History - Feb. 11

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

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For release Monday, Feb. 12

Today in History

By The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2007. There are 322 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

On this date:

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

In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.

In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote (however, that right was taken away in 1887).

In 1907, the steamer Larchmont collided with a schooner off New England’s Block Island; accounts vary, but more than 300 lives may have been lost.

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

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

In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington D.C.

In 1940, the radio play “The Adventures of Superman” debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

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

In 1999, the Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Ten years ago: The highest-ranking official to flee communist North Korea, Hwang Jang Yop, asked for political asylum at South Korea’s consulate in Beijing. The Clinton administration gave permission to 10 U.S. news organizations to open bureaus in Cuba.

Five years ago: Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay expressed “profound sadness” about the collapse of the energy giant, but refused to testify at a Senate hearing. Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague, accused of war crimes. Pakistan charged three men in connection with the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi (they and a fourth man were later convicted of Pearl’s murder). An Iranian passenger jet crashed, killing all 119 on board. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” received 13 Academy Award nominations; tied for second with eight nods were “A Beautiful Mind” and “Moulin Rouge.”

One year ago: A record 26.9 inches of snow fell in New York’s Central Park. Injured figure skater Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Turin Olympics (she was replaced on the U.S. team by Emily Hughes). Snowboarding superstar Shaun White, known as “The Flying Tomato,” beat American teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 84. Actor Louis Zorich is 83. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 81. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., is 77. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 73. Actor Joe Don Baker is 71. Author Judy Blume is 69. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 68. Country singer Moe Bandy is 63. Actress Maud Adams is 62. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 62. Actor Michael Ironside is 57. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 57. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 55. Actress Joanna Kerns is 54. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 52. Actress Christine Elise is 42. Actor Josh Brolin is 39. Singer Chynna Phillips is 39. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 36. Actress Christina Ricci is 27.

Thought for Today: “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).