All Events

Historical Events on February 12

  • Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-98)


    Japanese invasion of Korea: Approximately 3,000 Joseon defenders led by general Kwon Yul successfully repel more than 30,000 Japanese forces in the Siege of Haengju.

  • Argentina


    An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeats Spanish troops on the Battle of Chacabuco.

  • Ecuador


    Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands.

  • African American


    African American United States Army veteran Isaac Woodard is severely beaten by a South Carolina 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.

  • Gateway Arch


    Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

  • Malcolm X


    Malcolm X visits Smethwick following the racial charged 1964 general election.[1]

  • Lahore


    One hundred women protest in Lahore, Pakistan against military dictator Zia-ul-Haq's proposed Law of Evidence. The women were tear-gassed, baton-charged and thrown into lock-up. The women were successful in repealing the law.

  • Bill Clinton


    United States President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

  • San Francisco


    The city of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.