This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2019. There are 322 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli is 96. Filmmaker Costa-Gavras is 86. Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell is 85. Actor Joe Don Baker is 83. Author Judy Blume is 81. Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak is 77. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 73. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 67. Actor Zach Grenier is 65. Actor-talk show host Arsenio Hall is 63. Actor Josh Brolin is 51.

In 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Ky.


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

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In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated.

In 1924, George Gershwin’s ‘‘Rhapsody in Blue’’ premiered in New York.

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

In 1980, the FBI said about $5,800 of the $200,000 ransom paid to hijacker ‘‘D.B. Cooper’’ before he parachuted from a Northwest Orient jetliner in 1971 had been found by a boy on a riverbank of the Columbia River in Washington state.


In 1993, in a crime that outraged Britons, two 10-year-old boys lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall near Liverpool and beat him to death.

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

In 2000, Charles Schulz, creator of the ‘‘Peanuts’’ comic strip, died in Santa Rosa, Calif. at age 77.

In 2008, General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, a record annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers.

In 2009, saying he’d made a ‘‘mistake’’ by agreeing to serve, Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Obama’s commerce secretary.


Last year, in a retreat from promises to balance the budget, President Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion plan that envisioned steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting military spending; the outline acknowledged that the 2017 Republican tax overhaul would add billions to the deficit.