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This Day in History for February 12

This Day In History

1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300.

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

1906 – George Cohan’s musical “George Washington” premieres in NYC.

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

1914 – “The Squaw Man”, first feature-length film shot in Hollywood, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel, is released in the US.

1924 – George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at Aeolian Hall, NYC.

1937 – Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise.

1949 – “Annie Get Your Gun” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances.

1955 – McGuire Sisters “Sincerely” single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks.

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

1973 – First US POWs in North Vietnam released; 116 of 456 are flown to Philippines.

1982 – Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record.

1984 – Cale Yarborough becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier above 200 MPH.

1989 – 50th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Larry Mowry

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

1997 – Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement.

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

2009 – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes near Buffalo, NY, killing 50 people.

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.

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