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February 12 – History, Events, Births, Deaths, Holidays and Observances On This Day

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  •  – forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orléans in the Battle of the Herrings.
  •  – Isabella I issues an edict outlawing in the Crown of Castile, forcing virtually all her Muslim subjects to convert to .
  • 1 – Santiago,  is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
  •  –  invasion of : Approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by  Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju.
  •  – The Convention Parliament declares that the flight to in  by James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, constitutes an abdication.
  •  –  Day: Englishman James Oglethorpe founds , the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, by settling at Savannah.
  •  – Gustav III becomes the King of .
  •  – An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeats Spanish troops at the Battle of Chacabuco.
  •  – Bernardo OHiggins formally approves the Chilean Declaration of Independence near Concepción, Chile.
  •  – The Creek cede the last of their lands in Georgia to the government by the Treaty of Indian Springs, and migrate west.
  •  – Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands.
  •  – Michigan State University is established.
  •  – Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into the Cafe Terminus in Paris, killing one person and wounding 20.
  •  – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
  • 1909 – ’s worst maritime disaster of the 20th century happens when the SS Penguin, an inter-island ferry, sinks and explodes at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.
  •  – The Xuantong , the last  of , abdicates.
  •  – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.
  •  – Bolsheviks launch a revolt in Georgia as a preliminary to the Red Army invasion of Georgia.
  •  – George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled “An Experiment in Modern Music”, in Aeolian Hall, , by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.
  •  – USS Macon, one of the two largest helium-filled airships ever created, crashes into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of  and sinks.
  •  – War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling of 154 captured U-boats.
  • 1946 – African American United States Army veteran Isaac Woodard is severely beaten by a  police officer to the point where he loses his vision in both eyes. The incident later galvanizes the civil rights movement and partially inspires Orson Welles’ film Touch of Evil.
  •  – The largest observed iron meteorite until that time creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the .
  • 1947 – Christian Dior unveils a “New Look”, helping Paris regain its position as the capital of the fashion world.
  •  – The Soviet Union launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
  •  – Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, .
  •  – Malcolm X visits Smethwick in Birmingham following the racially-charged  general election.
  •  – Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất massacre.
  •  – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the  in  in , is exiled from the Soviet Union.
  •  – One hundred protest in Lahore, against military dictator Zia-ul-Haq’s proposed of Evidence. The women were tear-gassed, baton-charged and thrown into lock-up. The women were successful in repealing the .
  •  – Cold War: The  Black Sea bumping incident: The U.S. missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG-48) is intentionally rammed by the Soviet frigate Bezzavetnyy in the Soviet territorial waters, while Yorktown claims innocent passage.
  •  – Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western .
  •  – The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
  •  – Two-year-old James Bulger is abducted from New Strand Shopping Centre by two ten-year-old boys, who later torture and murder him.
  •  – Four thieves break into the National Gallery of Norway and steal Edvard Munch’s iconic painting The Scream.
  •  – United States   is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
  •  – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touches down in the “saddle” region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
  •  – The trial of Slobodan Milošević, the former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, begins at the   Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. He dies four years later before its conclusion.
  • 2002 – An Iran Airtour Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.
  •  – The city of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
  •  – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a house in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.
  •  – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign an Ecumenical Declaration in the first such meeting between leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches since their split in .
  •  – The known as the Republic of Macedonia renames itself the Republic of North Macedonia in accordance with the Prespa agreement, settling a long-standing naming dispute with .

Births on February 12

  • AD 41 – Britannicus, Roman son of Claudius (d. 55)
  •  – Daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei, nominal empress regnant of Northern Wei
  •  – Princess Ōku of (d. )
  •  – Conrad II of  (d. )
  •  – Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shōgun (d. )
  •  – John Henry, Margrave of Moravia (d. )
  •  – Giovanni II Bentivoglio, Italian noble (d. )
  •  – Frederick II of Legnica, Duke of Legnica (d. )
  •  – Won Gyun, general and admiral (d. )
  • 1567 – Thomas Campion, English composer, poet, and physician (d. )
  •  – Caspar Barlaeus, historian, poet, and theologian (d. )
  •  – Michelangelo Cerquozzi, Italian painter (d. )
  •  – John Winthrop the Younger, English-American lawyer and politician,  of Connecticut (d. )
  •  – Daniello Bartoli, Italian Jesuit priest (d. )
  •  – Jan Swammerdam, Dutch biologist and zoologist (d. )
  •  – Cotton Mather, English-American minister and author (d. )
  •  – Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, botanist and physician (d. )
  •  – Charles Pinot Duclos, French author (d. )
  •  – Johann Joseph Christian, German Baroque sculptor and woodcarver (d. )
  • 1728 – Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (d. )
  •  – François-Paul Brueys d’Aigalliers, French admiral (d. )
  •  – Jan Ladislav Dussek, Czech pianist and composer (d. )
  •  – Francis II, Holy  (d. )
  •  – Louisa Adams, English-American wife of John Quincy Adams, 6th First Lady of the United States (d. )
  • 1777 – Bernard Courtois, French chemist and academic (d. )
  • 1777 – Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German author and poet (d. )
  •  – Pierre Louis Dulong, French physicist and chemist (d. 1838)
  •  – Norbert Provencher, Canadian bishop and missionary (d. )
  •  – Carl Reichenbach, German chemist and philosopher (d. )
  •  – Peter Cooper, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Cooper Union (d. )
  •  – Alexander Petrov, Russian chess player and composer (d. )
  • 1794 – Valentín Canalizo, Mexican general and politician. 14th President (1843-) (d. )
  •  – Heinrich Lenz, German-Italian physicist and academic (d. )
  •  – Charles , English geologist and theorist (d. )
  • 1809 – , American lawyer and politician, 16th President of the United States (d. 1865)
  •  – William Wetmore Story, American sculptor, architect, poet and editor
  •  – Dayananda Saraswati, Indian monk and philosopher, founded Arya Samaj (d. 1883)
  •  – George Meredith, English novelist and poet (d. 1909)
  •  – Thomas Moran, British-American painter and printmaker of the Hudson River School (d. )
  •  – Eugène Atget, French photographer (d. )
  • 1857 – Bobby Peel, English and coach (d. )
  •  – Lou Andreas-Salomé, Russian-German psychoanalyst and author (d. )
  •  – Lev Shestov, Russian philosopher (d. )
  • 1869 – Kiến Phúc, Vietnamese emperor (d. )
  •  – Marie Lloyd, English actress and singer (d. )
  •  –  (d. )
  •  – Louis Renault, French engineer and businessman, co-founded Renault (d. )
  •  – George Preca, Maltese priest and saint (d. )
  • 1880 – John L. Lewis, American miner and union leader (d. )
  •  – Anna Pavlova, Russian-English ballerina and actress (d. )
  • 1882 – Walter Nash, English-New Zealand lawyer and politician, 27th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1968)
  • 1884 –  Beckmann, German painter and sculptor (d. )
  • 1884 – Johan Laidoner, Estonian-Russian general (d. )
  • 1884 – Alice Roosevelt Longworth, American author (d. )
  • 1884 – Marie Vassilieff, Russian-French painter (d. )
  •  – Julius Streicher, German publisher, founded Der Stürmer (d. 1946)
  •  – Bhante Dharmawara, Cambodian monk, lawyer, and judge (d. 1999)
  •  – Omar Bradley, American general (d. )
  •  – Kristian Djurhuus, Faroese lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. )
  •  – Charles Groves Wright Anderson, South African-Australian colonel and politician (d. 1988)
  • 1897 – Lincoln LaPaz, American astronomer and academic (d. )
  •  – Wallace Ford, English- and singer (d. )
  •  – Roger J. Traynor, American lawyer and jurist, 23rd Chief Justice of California (d. 1983)
  •  – William Collier, Jr., American , , and screenwriter (d. )
  •  – Jorge Basadre, Peruvian historian (d. 1980)
  • 1903 – Chick Hafey, American baseball player and manager (d. )
  •  – Ted Mack, American and television host (d. )
  •  – Joseph Kearns, American actor (d. 1962)
  •  – Jean Effel, French painter, caricaturist, and (d. )
  • 1908 – Jacques Herbrand, French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1931)
  • 1909 – Zoran Mušič, Slovene painter and illustrator (d. )
  • 1909 – Sigmund Rascher, German physician (d. )
  •  – Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1994)
  • 1912 – R. F. Delderfield, English author and playwright (d. )
  • 1 – Tex Beneke, American singer, saxophonist, and bandleader (d. )
  • – Johanna von Caemmerer, German mathematician (d. )
  • 1915 – Lorne Greene, Canadian-American actor (d. 1987)
  • 1915 – Olivia Hooker, African-American sailor (d. )
  •  – Joseph Alioto, American lawyer and politician, 36th Mayor of San Francisco (d. )
  •  – Al Cervi, American basketball player and coach (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  •  – Norman Farberow, American psychologist and academic (d. )
  • 1918 – Julian Schwinger, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
  •  – Forrest Tucker, American actor (d. )
  •  – Raymond Mhlaba, South African anti-apartheid and ANC activist (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Hussein Onn, lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of  (d. 1990)
  •  – Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director, producer, and politician (d. 2019)
  •  – Sir Anthony Berry, British Conservative politician (d. 1984)
  • 1925 – Joan Mitchell, American-French painter (d. 1992)
  • 1926 – Rolf Brem, Swiss sculptor and illustrator (d. )
  • 1926 – Joe Garagiola, Sr., American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2016)
  • 1926 – Charles Van Doren, American academic (d. 2019)
  •  –  Montana, Jr., American drummer and composer (d. )
  •  – John Doyle, Irish hurler and politician (d. )
  • 1930 – Arlen Specter, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (d. )
  • 1931 – Janwillem van de Wetering, Dutch-American author and translator (d. )
  •  – Axel Jensen, Norwegian author and poet (d. )
  • 1932 – Julian Simon, American economist, author, and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1933 – Costa-Gavras, Greek-French director and producer
  • 1933 – Brian Carlson, Australian rugby league player (d. 1987)
  •  – Annette Crosbie, Scottish actress
  • 1934 – Anne Osborn Krueger, American economist and academic
  • 1934 – Bill Russell, American basketball player and coach
  • 1935 – Gene McDaniels, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. )
  •  – Alan Ebringer, Australian immunologist, at King’s  in the University of London
  • 1938 – Judy Blume, Jewish-American author and educator
  •  – Leon Kass, American physician, , and educator
  • 1939 – Ray Manzarek, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 2013)
  •  – Hubert Marcoux, Canadian solo sailor and author (d. 2009)
  • 1 – Dominguinhos, Brazilian singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – Naomi Uemura, Japanese mountaineer and explorer (d. 1984)
  •  – Ehud Barak, Israeli general and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1942 – Pat Dobson, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. )
  • 1945 – Maud Adams, Swedish model and actress
  • 1945 – David D. Friedman, American economist, physicist, and scholar
  • 1946 – Jean Eyeghé Ndong, Gabonese politician, Prime Minister of Gabon
  • 1946 – Ajda Pekkan, Turkish singer-songwriter and actress
  •  – Ray Kurzweil, American computer scientist and engineer
  • 1948 – Nicholas Soames, English politician, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • 1950 – Angelo Branduardi, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1950 – Steve Hackett, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1950 – Michael Ironside, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter
  •  – Simon MacCorkindale, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1952 – Michael McDonald, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1953 – Joanna Kerns, American actress and director
  •  – Joseph Jordania, Georgian-Australian musicologist and academic
  • 1954 – Tzimis Panousis, Greek comedian, singer, and author (d. 2018)
  • 1954 – Phil Zimmermann, American cryptographer and programmer
  •  – Bill Laswell, American bass player and producer
  • 1955 – Chet Lemon, American baseball player and coach
  •  – Arsenio Hall, American actor and talk show host
  • 1956 – Ad Melkert, Dutch lawyer and politician, Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment
  • 1956 – Brian Robertson, Scottish rock guitarist and songwriter
  •  – Outback Jack, Australian-
  • 1961 – Jim Harris, Canadian environmentalist and politician
  • 1961 – Michel Martelly, Haitian singer and politician, 56th President of Haiti
  • 1961 – Di Farmer, Queensland Member of Parliament
  • 1964 – Omar Hakim, American drummer, producer, arranger, and composer
  • 1965 – Rubén Amaro, Jr., American baseball player and manager
  • 1965 – Christine Elise, American actress and producer
  • 1965 – David Westlake, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Paul Crook, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1968 – Josh Brolin, American actor
  • 1968 – Chynna Phillips, American singer and actress
  • 1969 – Darren Aronofsky, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Alemayehu Atomsa, Ethiopian educator and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1969 – Steve Backley, English javelin thrower
  • 1969 – Anneli Drecker, Norwegian singer and actress
  • 1969 – Hong Myung-bo, South Korean footballer and manager
  • 1970 – Jim Creeggan, Canadian singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1970 – Bryan Roy, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1970 – Judd Winick, American author and illustrator
  • 1971 – Scott Menville, American voice actor, singer, actor and musician
  • 1973 – Gianni Romme, Dutch speed skater
  • 1973 – Tara Strong, Canadian voice actress and singer
  • 1974 – Naseem Hamed, English boxer
  • 1976 – Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby player
  •  – Jimmy Conrad, American and manager
  •  – Paul Anderson, English actor
  • 1978 – Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league player and coach
  •  – Antonio Chatman, American football player
  • 1979 – Jesse Spencer, Australian actor and violinist
  • 1980 – Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish player
  • 1980 – Sarah Lancaster, American actress
  • 1980 – Christina Ricci, American actress and producer
  • 1980 – Gucci Mane,
  • 1 – Wade McKinnon, Australian rugby league player
  • 1982 – Jonas Hiller, Swiss ice player
  • 1982 – Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • 1982 – Anthony Tuitavake, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1983 – Carlton Brewster, American football player and coach
  • 1984 – Brad Keselowski, American race car driver
  • 1984 – Andrei Sidorenkov, Estonian footballer
  • 1984 – Peter Vanderkaay, American swimmer
  • 1988 – DeMarco Murray, American football player
  • 1988 – Nicolás Otamendi, Argentine footballer
  • 1988 – Mike Posner, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1990 – Robert Griffin III, American football player
  •  – Patrick Herrmann, German footballer
  • 1994 – Arman Hall, American sprinter
  • 1999 – Maggie Coles-Lyster, Canadian cyclist
  • 2000 – Kim Ji-min, South Korean actress

Deaths on February 12

  • 821 – Benedict of Aniane, French monk and saint (b. )
  •  – Henjō, Japanese priest and poet (b. )
  • 981 – Ælfstan, bishop of Ramsbury
  •  – Antony II, patriarch of Constantinople
  • 914 – Li, empress of Yan
  • 941 – Wulfhelm, Archbishop of Canterbury
  •  – Ermesinde, Countess of Luxembourg, ruler (b. )
  •  – Amadeus of the Amidei, Italian saint
  •  – Catherine of Navarre (b. )
  •  – Albrecht Altdorfer, German painter, engraver, and architect (b. 1480)
  •  – Lord Guildford Dudley, English son of Jane Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland (b. ; executed)
  • 1554 – Lady Jane Grey, de facto monarch of England and Ireland for nine days (b. ; executed)
  •  – Nicholas Throckmorton, English politician and diplomat (b. )
  •  – François Hotman, French lawyer and author (b. )
  •  – Edward Denny, Knight Banneret of Bishop’s Stortford, English soldier, privateer and adventurer (b. 1547)
  •  – Jodocus Hondius, Flemish cartographer (b. )
  •  – George Heriot, Scottish goldsmith and philanthropist, founded George Heriot’s School (b. 1563)
  •  – Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor (b. )
  • 1728 – Agostino Steffani, Italian priest and composer (b. )
  •  – Pierre de Marivaux, French author and playwright (b. 1688)
  • 1771 – Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden (b. )
  •  – Ethan Allen, American farmer, general, and politician (b. )
  • 1799 – Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian biologist and physiologist (b. )
  • 1804 – Immanuel Kant, German anthropologist, philosopher, and academic (b. )
  •  – Friedrich Schleiermacher, German philosopher and scholar (b. 1768)
  •  – Randolph Caldecott, English-American painter and illustrator (b. )
  • 1894 – Hans von Bülow, German pianist, composer, and conductor (b. )
  •  – Ambroise Thomas, French composer and academic (b. )
  • 1912 – Gerhard Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (b. )
  • 1915 – Émile Waldteufel, French pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1837)
  • 1916 – Richard Dedekind, German mathematician, philosopher, and academic (b. )
  •  – Lillie Langtry, English singer and actress (b. 1853)
  • 1931 – Samad bey Mehmandarov, Azerbaijani-Russian general and politician, 3rd Azerbaijani Minister of Defense (b. 1855)
  • 1935 – Auguste Escoffier, French chef and author (b. 1846)
  • 1942 – Eugene Esmonde, Irish-English lieutenant and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1909)
  • 1942 – Avraham Stern, Polish-Israeli militant leader (b. 1907)
  • 1942 – Grant Wood, American painter and academic (b. )
  • 1947 –  Gomberg, Ukrainian-American chemist and academic (b. 1866)
  •  – Hassan al-Banna, Egyptian educator, founded the Muslim Brotherhood (b. )
  • 1954 – Dziga Vertov, Polish-Russian director and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1958 – Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist (b. 1897)
  •  – Oskar Anderson, Bulgarian-German mathematician and academic (b. )
  • 1970 – Clare Turlay Newberry, American author and illustrator (b. 1903)
  • 1971 – James Cash Penney, American businessman and philanthropist, founded J. C. Penney (b. )
  •  – Carl Lutz, Swiss vice-consul to Hungary during WWII, credited with saving over 62,000 Jews (b. 1895)
  • 1976 – Sal Mineo, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 1977 – Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher and scholar (b. 1894)
  • 1979 – Jean Renoir, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1894)
  • 1980 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet and activist (b. )
  • 1982 – Victor Jory, Canadian-American actor (b. 1902)
  • 1983 – Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer (b. 1887)
  • 1984 – Anna Anderson, Polish-American woman, who claimed to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of  (b. 1896)
  • 1984 – Julio Cortázar, Belgian-Argentinian author and poet (b. 1914)
  • 1985 – Nicholas Colasanto, American actor and director (b. 1924)
  •  – Thomas Bernhard, Austrian playwright and author (b. 1931)
  • 1991 – Roger Patterson, American bass player (b. 1968)
  • 1992 – Bep van Klaveren, Dutch boxer (b. 1907)
  • 1994 – Donald Judd, American painter and sculptor (b. 1928)
  •  – Philip Taylor Kramer, American bass player (b. 1952)
  • 1998 – Gardner Ackley, American economist and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Italy (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Tom Landry, American football player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2000 – Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, created Peanuts (b. 1922)
  • 2001 – Kristina Söderbaum, Swedish-German actress and producer (b. 1912)
  • 2002 – John Eriksen, Danish footballer (b. 1957)
  • 2005 – Dorothy Stang, American-Brazilian nun and missionary (b. 1931)
  •  – Ann Barzel, American writer and dance critic (b. )
  • 2007 – Peggy Gilbert, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 2008 – David Groh, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009 – victims of Colgan Air Flight 3407:
    • Alison Des Forges, American historian and activist (b. 1942)
    • Beverly Eckert, American activist (b. )
    • Mat Mathews, Dutch accordion player (b. 1924)
    • Coleman Mellett, American guitarist (b. 1974)
    • Gerry Niewood, American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • 2011 – Peter Alexander, Austrian singer and actor (b. 1926)
  • 2011 –  Garrett, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Kenneth Mars, American actor and comedian (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Zina Bethune, American actress, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1945)
  • 2012 – Denis Flannery, Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – David Kelly, Irish actor (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – John Severin, American illustrator (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Sattam bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabian prince (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Reginald Turnill, English journalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 2013 – Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukrainian politician and diplomat, 2nd Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ukraine (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Sid Caesar, American actor and comedian (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – John Pickstone, English historian and author (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Movita Castaneda, American actress and singer (b. 1916)
  • 2015 – Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Malaysian cleric and politician, 12th Menteri Besar of Kelantan (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Gary Owens, American radio host and voice actor (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Steve Strange, Welsh singer (b. )
  • 2016 – Dominique D’Onofrio, Italian-Belgian footballer and coach (b. 1953)
  • 2016 – Yannis Kalaitzis, Greek cartoonist (b. 1945)
  • 2016 – Yan Su, general and composer (b. 1930)
  •  – Al Jarreau, American singer (b. )
  • 2017 – Anna Marguerite McCann, first female American underwater archaeologist (b. 1933)
  • 2017 – Ren Xinmin, Chinese rocket scientist (b. 1915)
  • 2019 – Gordon Banks, (b. 1937)
  • 2019 – Lyndon LaRouche, American political activist (b. 1922)
  • 2019 – Pedro Morales, Puerto Rican professional wrestler and commentator (b. 1942)
  •  – Christie Blatchford, Canadian columnist, journalist and broadcaster (b. 1951)

Holidays and observances on February 12

  • Christian feast day:
    • Benedict of Aniane
    • Damian of Alexandria
    • Julian the Hospitaller
    • Martyrs of Abitinae
    • February 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Darwin Day (International)
  • Georgia Day (Georgia (U.S. state))
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (United States)
  • National Freedom to Marry Day (United States)
  • Red Hand Day (United Nations)
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  • Youth Day (Venezuela)
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