This day in history

Tuesday, Feb. 12, is the 43d day of 2013. There are 322 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 87. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell is 79. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 74. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 61. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 58. Actor Josh Brolin is 45. Actress Christina Ricci is 33. NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III is 23.

In 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.


In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

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In 1963, President John F. Kennedy celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a reception at the White House.

In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice.

In 2012, Adele emerged as the top winner at the Grammy Awards, in a ceremony shadowed by the death of Whitney Houston the day before.