Originally created 02/12/99

This day in the millennium -- February 12



Nation/World

1733 -- English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.

1809 -- Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Ky.

1870 -- women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.

1892 -- President Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.

1907 -- more than 300 people died when the steamer Larchmont collided with a schooner off New England's Block Island.

1909 -- the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded.

1915 -- the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, D.C.

1924 -- George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.

1940 -- the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted on the Mutual network with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

1973 -- the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.

1993 -- in a crime that shocked Britons, two 10-year-old boys lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall in Liverpool and beat him to death.

1989 -- The special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra case and the Justice Department reached an agreement on protecting classified materials aimed at allowing the trial of Oliver North to proceed.

1994 -- President Clinton signed an $8.6 billion relief package for victims of the Northridge earthquake in Southern California. The XVII Winter Olympic Games opened in Lillehammer, Norway.

1998 -- A federal judge threw out President Clinton's new line-item veto authority. At Nagano, Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie became the first man to win six Winter Olympic gold medals, as he placed first in the 10-kilometer classical cross-country race. An appeals panel reinstated Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's gold medal, a day after he was stripped of the honor for testing positive for marijuana.