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Calendar for February 12th, 2014

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

The 16th president of the United States was born on the morning of Sunday, February 12, 1809, in a one-room, 16x18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor. Called Sinking Spring Farm, the land was situated near Hodgenville, Kentucky. Abe's father, Thomas, was a farmer and carpenter, and his mother, Nancy, was a seamstress. His sister, Sarah, was 2 at the time. Abraham was named after his paternal grandfather. A complete time line of Lincoln's life is posted at The History Place.

In addition to his more famous achievements, Lincoln is the only U.S. president to have received a U.S. patent, for something he described in this way: "A new and improved manner of combining adjustable buoyant air chambers with a steamboat or other vessel for the purpose of enabling their draught of water to be readily lessened to enable them to pass over bars, or through shallow water, without discharging their cargoes." If you can't get to Washington, D.C., to mark the day, try an on-line tour of the Lincoln Memorial, part of our National Park System.


  • 1554: Lady Jane Grey, a rival for the English throne, was beheaded under the rule of Queen Mary I

  • 1730s

  • 1733: James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Georgia

  • 1770s

  • Born 1775: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1780s

  • Died 1789: Ethan Allen (patriot)

  • 1800s

  • Born 1809: Abraham Lincoln (16th U.S. president)

  • Born 1809: Charles Darwin (naturalist)

  • 1870s

  • 1879: Gala carnival at first U.S. skating rink, Madison Square Garden, New York City

  • 1900s

  • 1909: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) formed

  • 1910s

  • Born 1915: Lorne Greene (actor)

  • 1915: Construction began on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

  • 1960s

  • Born 1968: Josh Brolin (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1973: Tara Strong (voice of Bubbles on The Powerpuff Girls)

  • Died 1976: Sal Mineo (actor)

  • Born 1979: Jesse Spencer (actor)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1980: Christina Ricci (actress)

  • Died 1983: Eubie Blake (jazz musician)

  • 1990s

  • 1994: 17th Olympic Winter Games opened in Lillehammer, Norway

  • 1994: "The Scream" painting stolen, Oslo, Norway

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Charles Schulz (Peanuts cartoonist)

  • 2005: Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude opened "The Gates, Project For Central Park 1979-2005" in NYC's Central Park

  • 2008: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook southern Mexico

  • 2008: For the first time, a beagle won 'Best in Show' at the Westminster Kennel Club

  • Died 2008: David Groh (actor)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: David Kelly (actor)

  • Died 2014: Sid Caesar (comedian & actor)

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