February 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, February 12, 1870, Utah gave women the right to vote?

February 12th is the day we officially celebrate Lost Penny Day and Plum Pudding Day.

Welcome to day 43 of the year folks, there are 322 days left of the year, and don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is just 2 days away!

If you were born on this day or want to know more about today, you’ll love the incredible discoveries and many historical events that all happened on February 12th.

Did you know that on this day in 1870, Utah gave women the right to vote? Utah was only the second state to do so.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 12th in history!

What Events Happened On February 12 In History?

2022 The USA won the Olympic men’s ice hockey gold medal, beating Canada for the first time in 12 years.


2019 Mexican drug lord Joaquín aka “El Chapo,” was finally brought to justice.

OTD in 2019: Mexican drug lord Joaquín aka "El Chapo

After more than 200 hours of testimony, the court ruled El Chapo guilty on all counts and sentenced him to life in prison.

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2001 NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft became the first space probe to land on an asteroid when it touched down on 433 Eros.

1998 The first graphics card chip, i740, was released by Intel.

1994 The famous iconic painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch was stolen from a gallery in Oslo, Norway.

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1987 After years of court battles, Michael Donald’s family was awarded $7 million.

Michael Donald was a black man lynched by the KKK on March 21, 1981.

1974 The Soviet Union exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the winner of the 1970 Nobel Price in Literature winner.

1951 The fast-food chain, Jack in the Box, was founded in San Diego, California.

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1950 Albert Einstein warned against hydrogen bombs on the “Today with Mrs. Roosevelt” weekly TV show.

OTD in 1950: Albert Einstein warned against hydrogen bombs on the "Today with Mrs. Roosevelt" weekly TV show.

1949 War of the World’s played on the radio, and residents in Quito, Ecuador, believed they were being attacked by Martians.

1947 Christian Dior presented “The New Look Fashion Show.”

OTD in 1947: Christian Dior presented "The New Look Fashion Show."

The event showcased both his Corelle and En 8 lines which went on to revolutionize femininity.


1879 Madison Square Garden in New York City opened North America’s first artificial ice rink.

1793 The return of escaped slaves in the US became compulsory after congress introduced the fugitive slave law.

The law covered all states, and even those who forbade slavery had to return escaped slaves to the states they came from.

1541 Santiago, Chile, was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia.

Did you know that Santiago is named after the biblical figure St. James?

Famous Quotes Said On February 12

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been said on this day throughout history.


“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space.”

– Albert Einstein


“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

Famous People Born On February 12

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Mike Posner. Here are some other famous people born on February 12th.

1809 Abraham Lincoln

American President

Abraham Lincoln
Died On:
Apr 15, 1865 (Age 56)
Born In:
Kentucky, USA

1980 Christina Ricci

American Actress

Christina Ricci
43 years old
Born In:
California, USA

1809 Charles Darwin

English Naturalist

Charles Darwin
Died On:
Apr 19, 1882 (Age 73)
Born In:
England, UK
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1988 Mike Posner

American Singer

Mike Posner
35 years old
Born In:
Michigan, USA

Special Holidays On February 12

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

February 12: National Lost Penny Day

National Lost Penny Day

Did you know that the first penny created was by Benjamin Franklin in 1787? Today is Lost Penny Day, so why not celebrate by digging down the back of your sofa and seeing how many lost pennies you can find?

February 12: National Plum Pudding Day

National Plum Pudding Day

Otherwise known as Christmas pudding, plum pudding is a classic yet delicious holiday dessert that dates back to the 17th century. Celebrate today by baking your family plum pudding recipe and sharing it with your family.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Movie theaters make roughly 85% of their profit off concession stands. This is because ticket revenues have to be shared with the movie distributors.

February 12 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on February 12, your star sign is Aquarius.

Aquarians are known thinkers, and they’ll be able to shake your world once they are in it.

Amethyst is the birthstone given to those born in February. Amethyst can enhance confidence and well-being while decreasing feelings of being unbalanced in the mind, body, and soul.

Anyone born on Feb 12 would likely have been conceived around May 22 in the previous year.

Babies conceived on this day will be due around November 5th, 2023.

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