2022 February

February 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 12

February 12th is the day we officially celebrate Lost Penny Day and Plum Pudding Day.

Welcome to day 43 of the year folks, there are 322 days left of the year, and don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is just 2 days away!

If you were born on this day or want to know more about today you’ll love the incredible discoveries and many historical events that all happened February 12th.

Did you know that on this day in 1870, Utah gave the women the right to vote? Utah was only the second state to do so.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 12th in history!

What Events Happened On February 12 In History?


Mexican drug lord Joaquín aka “El Chapo” was finally brought to justice.

OTD in 2019: Mexican drug lord Joaquín aka "El Chapo" was finally brought to justice.
After more than 200 hours of testimony the court ruled El Chapo guilty on all counts and sentenced to life in prison.

NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid when it touched down on 433 Eros.


The first graphics card chip i740 was released by Intel.


Famous iconic painting “The Scream” by Edvard Munch was stolen from a gallery in Oslo, Norway.


A black man called Michael Donald was lynched by the KKK on March 21, 1981 and after years of court battles the family was awarded $7 million on this day.


Albert Einstein warned against hydrogen bombs on the “Today with Mrs. Roosevelt” weekly TV show.

OTD in 1950: Albert Einstein warned against hydrogen bombs on the "Today with Mrs. Roosevelt" weekly TV show.

Panic and mayhem broke out in Quito, Ecuador when “War of the World’s” played on radio and residents thought Quito was being attacked by Martians.


Christian Dior presented “The New Look Fashion Show.”

OTD in 1947: Christian Dior presented "The New Look Fashion Show."
The event showcased both his Corelle and En 8 lines which went on to revolutionize femininity.

Madison Square Garden, New York City opened North America’s first artificial ice rink.


Utah became the second state to allow women the right to vote.


The return of escaped slaves in the US became compulsory after congress introduced the fugitive slave law.

The law covered all states and even those which forbade slavery had to return escaped slaves to the states they came from.

Santiago, Chile was founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia.

Did you know that Santiago is named after the biblical figure St. James?

February 12 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

If you were born on February 12, your star sign is Aquarius.

Aquarians are known thinkers, and they’ll be able to shake your world once they are in it.

Amethyst is the birthstone given to those born in February. Amethyst can enhance confidence and well-being while decreasing feelings of being unbalanced in the mind, body, and soul.

Anyone born on Feb 12 would likely have been conceived around May 22 in the previous year.

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Mike Posner. Here are some other famous people born on February 12th.

Famous People Born On February 12

Mike Posner

Mike Posner

American Singer
Birthday: February 12, 1998
Age: 23 years old
Born In: Michigan, USA
Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci

American Actress
Birthday: February 12, 1980
Age: 41 years old
Born In: California, USA
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

American President
Birthday: February 12, 1809
Died On: Apr 15, 1865 (Age 56)
Born In: Kentucky, USA
Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

English Naturalist
Birthday: February 12, 1809
Died On: Apr 19, 1882 (Age 73)
Born In: England, United Kingdom

Special Holidays On February 12th

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

February 12: National Lost Penny Day

National Lost Penny Day

Did you know that the first penny created was by Benjamin Franklin in 1787? Today is Lost Penny Day, so why not celebrate by digging down the back of your sofa and seeing how many lost pennies you can find?

February 12: National Plum Pudding Day

National Plum Pudding Day

Otherwise known as Christmas pudding, plum pudding is a classic yet delicious holiday dessert that dates back to the 17th century. Celebrate today by baking your family plum pudding recipe and sharing it with your family.

Did you know that on this day, February 12th 1870, Utah gave the women the right to vote?