This Day in History

Today is Tuesday, February 12th, the 43rd day of the year.There are 322 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1909, the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, or NAACP for short, was founded.

In 1924, explorers opened the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen, 15 months after it was discovered.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on radio.

In 1971, department store chain founder James Cash Penney died at the age of 95.He founded the J.C. Penney stores.

In 1973, the state of Ohio became the first state to post metric distance signs.

In 1973, the first group of U.S. prisoners of war were released from North Vietnam.

In 1983, jazz pianist Eubie Blake died at the age of 100.

In 1985, actor, director Nicholas Colasanto died at the age of 61.He is best remembered for his role as Ernie "Coach" Pantusso on the hit sitcom "Cheers."

In 1990, real estate tycoon Donald Trump announced plans to divorce his wife, Ivana.

In 1996, Yasser Arafat took office as the first Palestinian president.

In 1999, the Senate acquitted President Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice, ending a 13-month drama that began with the president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and led to only the second presidential impeachment trial in history.

In 2000, "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz died on this date at the age of 77.

In 2002, Pakistani officials charged three men in connection with the kidnapping of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi.All three and a fourth man were later convicted of Pearl's murder.

In 2007, 20 years after they went their separate ways, members of The Police announced plans to launch a North American tour.Formed in 1977, the group consisted of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.

In 2013, legendary TV comedian Sid Caesar passed away at the age of 91.Caesar was best known for his 1950s sketch comedy series "Your Show Of Shows."

In 2016, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned from the MLB for life after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for a third time.This was the first time the MLB issued a lifetime suspension for a violation of its drug policy.

In 2017, Adele went five for five, walking away from the Grammy Awards with a win in each category she was nominated in.

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