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This Day in History for February 12

This Day In History1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300.

1877 – US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1873, abolishing bimetallism and placing the country on the gold standard.

1879 – 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)

1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms.

1914 – Dedication ceremony for the about to be constructed Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1935 – Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean.

1936 – 1st federal arbitration law approved by Congress.

1947 – French fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the “New Look”

1950 – Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb.

1955 – President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam.

1959 – The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design.

1964 – US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming.

1973 – 1st US POWs in North Vietnam releases; 116 of 456 flown to Philippines.

1987 – Survivors of a black man murdered by KKK members awarded $7M damages.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal.

1995 – Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)

1998 – Intel unveils its 1st graphics chip i740.

1999 – US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

2002 – US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is suitable to be the United States’ nuclear waste repository.

2014 – Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years.

2018 – Portrait paintings of Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald are unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

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