Today in History - Feb. 12

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Cavalryman Pierre Brun Bordeaux wades in the Saigon River toward his armored boat during Operation Rubber, Feb. 12, 1951. (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy)

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Seven congressional secretaries test their tride on the rain-swept Capitol plaza, Feb. 12, 1963 as they follow a route that will be followed tomorrow by White House Press Cedretary Pierre Salinger and the President's three military aides. From left are; Jackie McDonald, Shea Green, Dianne Porlier, Mary McCassie, Clara Payne, Maria Junia and Patricia Hughes. (AP Photo)

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier Fala, takes this dignified stance in the front seat during ceremony at the Washington navy yard, Feb. 12, 1944, during which the president presented an American-made destroyer escort, the Senegalais, to the French navy. Seated at right partially obscured is Vice Adm. Raymond A. Fenard. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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President Clinton arrives in the Rose Garden to make a statement after being acquitted of all charges in his impeachment trial in the Senate Friday, Feb. 12, 1999. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

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People of all nationalities queue six abreast outside Westminster Hall, London, on Feb. 12, 1952, a they wait to pay their respects to the late King George VI. This is the first day of the lying in state and in the foreground is an American sailor. (AP Photo/Smart)

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President Clinton makes a statement in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, Feb. 12, 1999, after the Senate voted to acquit him of perjury and obstruction of justice charges, ending a 13-month drama that catapulted an affair with a White House intern into only the second presidential impeachment trial in history. Permitted to finish his term, the 42nd president declared he was "profoundly sorry ... for what I said and did." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Gordon H. Robinson, 31-year-old veteran from Bolivia, Mo., forms letters for a neon sign as he learns this trade in the shop of T.C. Cairns in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 1946. (AP Photo/H.B. Littell)

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Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton sits in his cab in Chicago, Feb. 12, 1975. Clifton, former Harlem Globetrotter and NBA player, drives a cab in Chicago. His only complaint is that he came along too early to make big money in basketball, but he says, "Nothing wrong with driving a cab and earning an honest living." (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)

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As if soaring through the Olympic torches at Innsbruck, Kip Sundgaard, 19, of St. Paul, Minn. Trains for Sunday?s special jumping event at the winter games in Innsbruck, Austria, Thursday, Feb. 12, 1976. Actually, a combination of camera angle and telephoto lens created this illusion. (AP Photo/Endlicher)

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General views of Mena House, near pyramids site near Cairo, Egypt on Feb. 12, 1977, where Arab peace talks is likely to take place. (AP Photo/Rouge)

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Calder attending his art exhibition at the Maegth Gallery in Paris on Feb. 12, 1971. (AP Photo/Lipchitz)

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The 40-meter-high shining stainless steel wall gives a fantastic impression to Tokyoites as construction of the Roman Catholic church nears completion in the northern residential area for December 8 inauguration, Feb. 12, 1964. The modernistic cathedral, designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, was financed through contributions from devotees and donations from Japanese business circles. It seats 3,000 largest in Japan, and costs approximately $1.7 million U.S. (AP Photo/Koichiro Morita)

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Lance Cpl. Richard Moyes, 19, of Cincinnati, Ohio, totes a sack of sand to strengthen fortifications in the “V-Ring” of Khe Sanh, Vietnam on Feb. 12, 1968 where a large U.S. Marine force is braced for an expected massive North Vietnamese attack. (AP Photo/John T. Wheeler)

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Turbojet Helicopter of U.S. Army’s 118th airmobile company in assault formation, rush to the D-Zone to lift out a Battalion of Vietnamese rangers who completed their mission after an 8- day penetration operation against Viet Cong Guerrillas in the jungle mountains, 75 miles north of Saigon on Feb. 12, 1963. The operation was repeated three times until all 297 troops and a U.S. Military Adviser were hauled out (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

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Rubber convoy protection by Navy amphibious observation plane above LCT and cavalry-manned assault boat in foreground, Feb. 12, 1951 (AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy)

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Usheeko Sato, a resident of Tokyo, Japan writes on the snow-covered rear window of an automobile in the Japanese capital on Feb. 12, 1946. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)

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U.S. Army captain David Thoreson, Adviser to a Vietnamese Ranger battalion, talks over the radio in a U.S. army helicopter, to arrange evacuation plans by helicopters after the rangers completed their mission against Viet Cong Guerrillas in the D-zone, jungle mountains located some 75 miles north of Saigon, Feb. 12, 1963. The military adviser is from concord. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

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** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, FEB. 12-13 ** FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1961 file photo, members of the U. S. Figure Skating Team pose before boarding Belgian Sabena airline plane at Idle Wild airport New York. The plane crashed on Feb. 15 near the Brussels, Belgium Airport killing all on board. From left in front row are: Deane McMinn, Laurence Owen, Steffi Wethersfield, and Phodie Michelson; From left on the bottom: Douglas Ramsey, Gregory Kelley, Bradley Lord, Mirabel Caen, Dudley Richards, Bill Hickox, Ray Hadley, Larry Pierce, Ila Rae Hadley, Roger Campbell, Diane Sherbloom, Donna Lee Carrier, and Bob and Pat Dineen. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman, File)

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The former Panzer workshop in Krupp Works, Essen, Germany on Feb. 12, 1949, rebuilds locomotives for the German Reichsbahn with British permission. The heavy overhead cranes in this shop once hauled multi-ton turrets for Hitler's tanks. (AP Photo/Hanns Jaeger)

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During the German retreat from Caen, all bridges were blown, but British R.E.’s, Pioneer Corps and Railway Construction Companies have overcome these difficulties in record time and kept communications and supplies moving by their re-building and repair organizations. One of a series covering the repair of the 450-ton section of the blown bridge carrying the Cherbourg-Caen Paris railway line over the main road by Caen station. With the assistance of 100-ton capacity jacks and shorings of wood, the weight of the bridge was let down on to supporting pillars at the end, where the gap is seen. Having achieved this, the replaced section received supporting columns and a new span was joined on to the other side to make the bridge complete again. Meanwhile a railway Construction Company built a railway Construction Company built a single track girder bridge to carry the line until the original one was repaired. Troops with pneumatic drill breaking up small useless and of bridge in Caen on Feb. 12, 1945, which will be replaced by a new span. (AP Photo)

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Views of the devastated German town of Cleve on Feb. 12, 1945, which suffered severe allied bombardment prior to the entry of British troops. Cleve, former anchor town of the West Wall and important communication centre is an important gain in Montgomery’s new all-out attack towards the Rhine. (AP Photo)

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With more and more members of the Volkssturm being directed to the front line, the German authorities are experience an ever increasing strain on their stocks of army equipment and clothing. In a desperate attempt to overcome this deficiency, street to street collection depots called the Volksopfer, meaning Sacrifice of the people, are scouring the Reichland, collecting uniforms, boots and equipment from German civilians in Berlin on Feb. 12, 1945. Berliners bring their contributions to the Volksopfer which bears the inscription – ‘The Fuehrer expects your sacrifice for Army and Home Guard.’ The verse below reads,' So that you’re proud your Home Guard man can show himself in uniform – empty your wardrobe and bring its conents to us'. (AP Photo)

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Byron Nelson sinks the last putt on the 18th green in the playoff with Jug McSpaden for the New Orleans Open golf title, as McSpaden watches, Feb. 12, 1945. (AP Photo)

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Mayor Fiorello .H. LaGuardia (center) receives an official ensign of The Royal Canadian Air Force from Air Marshal W.A. (Billy) Bishop (left) of Canada at ceremonies in City Hall Plaza as a group of the Canadian fliers visited in New York City on Feb. 12, 1942. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

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A formation of Navy dive bombers from a mighty carrier task force group, shown headed for the target area in the Kwajalein group in the Marshall islands on Feb. 12, 1944. They carry a lethal load for the Japanese on Bigej Islet, ammunition and fuel storage dump. (AP Photo/Clarence Hamm)

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Citing his home city of Los Angeles as an example, Dr. Carl Omeron, dentist whose hobby is scientific research, claims that most American cities can scrape up plenty of rubber in the present shortage of auto tires, and when Dr. Omeron says “scrape up,” he means that literally as well as figuratively. Dr. Omeron scrapes rubber from street intersection with wire brush and measuring rubber scraping in Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 12, 1942. (AP Photo)

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A large freighter settles slowly after being hit by Japanese bombs alongside of one of Singapore’s docks on Feb. 12, 1942, and smoke from other struck objectives billows over the waterfront in this photo by C. Yates McDaniel, Associated Press correspondent, who was among the last to leave the besieged port on February 12. The next day his ship was bombed and he reached safety after further harrowing experience. (AP Photo/C. Yates McDaniel)

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Virtually a salute to the Great Emancipator, President Franklin D. Roosevelt attends services at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Feb. 12, 1936, with his military aides, Col. Edwin M. Watson, left, and Capt. Wilson Brown of the Navy, right. (AP Photo)

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As C. Yates McDaniel, Associated Press correspondent, left Singapore on Feb. 12, 1942 the city’s waterfront was in flames and ships had been bombed at the docks. McDaniel, among the last to leave the since-Japanese captured city, took these pictures. Warehouses along the waterfront burning after Jap bombings. (AP Photo/C. Yates McDaniel)

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This is a photo of Seattle during the World's Fair on Feb. 12, 1962. Beyond is a view of Puget Sound and the 600 foot Space Needle to the left. (AP Photo)

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A girl watches as threads of cotton run into a machine at the Nisshin cotton mill at Hamamatsu, Japan on Feb. 12, 1953. (AP Photo/Yuichi Ishizaki)

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Greek guerrillas captured after the shelling of Salonika, Greece's second city, march through the streets in Langadia, Greece en route to Salonika on Feb. 12, 1948. More than 150 Greek rebels were rounded up in a two-day drive by government forces after mortar shells were fired into Salonkia.(AP Photo)

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Part of the 200 British sailors who reported to the Boston and Maine railroad to clear tracks and switches of winter’s first heavy blizzard, Feb. 12, 1944. The sailors have been in this country but a week and all reported they were happy with their first real snowfall. (AP Photo)

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General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, Army Chief of Staff, places a wreath of the foot of the Lincoln monument in the memorial on the mall at Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 1946 during the observance of the martyred president’s birthday. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins)

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Mayor Fiorello .H. LaGuardia (center), followed by Canadian Air Marshal W.A. (Billy) Bishop, a famed ace of the last war, reviews a unit of Royal Canadian Air Force cadets at City Hall Plaza in New York on Feb. 12, 1942. Some of the visiting cadets are Americans. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

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Heavy German artillery batteries in position in Tunisia on Feb. 12, 1943, whence they have been transported across the Mediterranean. (AP Photo)

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Part of the 19th Bombardment group, America’s most bemedalled unit of fighting airmen, lines up on review at ceremonies at the Rattlesnake bombs base at Pyote in Texas Feb. 12, 1943, when all members of the 19th received decoration. (AP Photo)

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President Franklin Roosevelt standing bareheaded before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Feb. 12, 1942, as he attended the Annual Lincoln’s Birthday exercises, while his aide, Col. Horace B. Smith placed a wreath at the base of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. On the left is General E.M. Watson, military aide. (AP Photo)

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Following Canada’s declaration of war against Japan, all Pacific coast fishing craft, operated by persons of Japanese Origin, were rounded up. Some of the Japanese fishing vessels tied up at Stevenston on Vancouver Island, Canada on Feb. 12, 1942. Much of the Japanese spying was done in these apparently innocent little craft. (AP Photo)

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt is shown as he arrived to participate in wreath-laying ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial to honor Pres. Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, 1937, in Washington, with his son James, front, naval aide Capt. Paul H. Bastido, center, and military aide Col. Edwin M. Watson, right. (AP Photo)

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Repair of automobiles is included in the home-defense training program in operation at Troy, New York, Feb. 12, 1941, where 5,000 women registered voluntarily for instruction. From left to right are Mrs. Charles H. Mason, Jr., and Mrs. Charles J. Rossonno. Courses being given or in preparation include: food conservation, typing, canteen work, hygiene, first aid, nurses aid, group recreation. (AP Photo)

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Stall holders and porters wait for early morning customers in Smithfield Market, London, on Feb. 12, 1936. (AP Photo)

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Col. A.C. Crawford (right), retired, talking to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mrs. David Gray, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt's maternal aunt, at Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 12, 1940 in Washington. (AP Photo)

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Strikers at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant wave flags of the United States in Flint, Mich., on Feb. 12, 1937 during the Great Depression. (AP Photo)

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Yale ball players warm up in the cage, preparing for the spring training grind at New Haven, Conn., Feb. 12, 1930. From left to right are: “Smoky” Joe Wood, coaching William Newton, of New Haven, Conn., in the pitcher’s art, while Wendell Thompson of Fall River, Mass., and Ogden Miller of Plantsville, Conn., look on. (AP Photo)

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A portrait of General Maxime Weygand who has just been appointed Commander in Chief of the French Armies around Feb. 12, 1931. (AP Photo)

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Inventor Thomas A. Edison, second from right, celebrates his 82nd birthday with friends Herbert Hoover, left, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, right, at his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla., Feb. 12, 1929. (AP Photo)

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A portrait oil painting of Mary Todd Lincoln is exhibited in the Milch Gallaries in New York City on Feb. 12, 1929 in honor of the 16th president's birthday. The first lady had sat for the painting as a suprise gift for her husband at a gathering of personal friends at the white house. (AP Photo)

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