Historical Political Events for February 12

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Year Event
1692 The Infamous Glencoe Massacre: The Glencoe Massacre was an order from the Master of Stair, Joint-Secretary of State for Scotland for the new King, William of Orange. Thirty-eight MacDonalds from the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by the Campbells, the guests who had accepted their hospitality, on the grounds that the MacDonalds had been slow to pledge their allegiance.
1793 The U.S. Congress passes the "Fugitive Slave Law" which barred anyone from assisting a runaway slave.
1809 Abraham Lincoln (R) 16th president (1861-65) was born on this date.
1818 THE INDEPENDENCE OF CHILE WAS PROCLAIMED. San Martín's troops defeated a royalist army from Peru at Maipú, thus securing the independence of Chile. San Martín started to organize an army to liberate Peru.
1874 American military landed in Hawaii to protect Americans during coronation of new king, February 12-20. The landing was requested by the Hawaiian government, or at least by the faction favoring the coronation of the new king.
1909 The "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People" (NAACP) is founded.
1973 North Vietnam and the Vietcong begin releasing U.S. prisoners of war, following the signing on January 27 of a cease-fire agreement in the Vietnam War. (from The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1999 Senate acquits Clinton (D) after additional deliberations. The votes on perjury were 45 guilty, 55 not guilty. The votes on obstruction of justice were 50 guilty, 50 not guilty.
2010 Once again, the U.S. debt ceiling was raised, this time to $14.294 trillion by H.J.Res. 45. Unlike the rest of us, Congress finds it easy to comply with its self restraints. :-)
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Quote of
the Day
Basketball players -- multimillionaires -- can't write a paragraph. Football players -- multimillionaires -- can't read. Yes, multimillionaires. Well, Brown versus Board of Education: Where are we today? They paved the way, but what did we do with it? . . . 50 percent drop out, the rest of them are in prison.
    — Bill Cosby to the NAACP (Brown versus Board of Education Dinner)
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