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On This Day: What happened on 12 February?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2019 | The country known as the Republic of Macedonia calls itself the Republic of Northern Macedonia in accordance with the Prespa agreement, to resolve a long-running dispute over name with Greece.

2016 | Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill signed the Ecumenical Declaration at the first such meeting between the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches of Russia since their division in 1054.

2009 | A Colgan Air Flight 3407 plane crashed into a house at Clarence Centre, New York as it approached Buffalo Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one the ground.

2004 | The city of San Francisco began to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to an order from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

2002 | The trial of Slobodan MiloševiĿ, former President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, began at the former Yugoslav International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. He died four years later before its conclusion.

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2015 | Malaysian cleric and politician, 12th Menteri Besar of Kelantan, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, 84.

1942 | Polish-Israeli militant leader, Avraham Stern, 35.

2015 | American radio host and voice actor, Gary Owens, 81.

2014 | American actor and comedian, Sid Caesar, 92.

1985 | American actor and director, Nicholas Colasanto, 61.


1968 | American movie actor, Josh Brolin.

1969 | English javelin thrower, Steve Backley.

1973 | Canadian voice actress and singer, Tara Strong.

1931 | Dutch-American author and translator, Janwillem van de Wetering, died at age of 77.

1942 | Israeli general and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak.


Duncan Edwards of Manchester United and England looked like the star of his generation but forget the wealth of the modern star player. After playing a domestic derby against Manchester City at Old Trafford on 12 February 1955 (which City won 5-0) he was later arrested by police riding home on his bike without lights. He was fined five bobs (25p) by a court and a two-week salary by Manchester United for tarnishing their reputation. He was tragically killed in Munich in 1958.


2020 | “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” drama, was released on this day.


The largest country by land area in Africa is Algeria with 2.382 million km².

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