spotlight Today in history: Feb. 12 Feb 12, 2020 Feb 12, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1914: Lincoln Memorial In 1914, groundbreaking took place for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (A year later on this date, the cornerstone was laid.) AP 1924: "Rhapsody in Blue" In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York. AP 1959: Lincoln Penny In 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny — with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side — went into circulation. AP 1973: Operation Homecoming In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place. AP 1980: "D.B. Cooper" In 1980, the FBI announced that about $5,800 of the $200,000 ransom paid to hijacker "D.B. Cooper" before he parachuted from a Northwest Orient jetliner in 1971 had been found by an 8-year-old boy on a riverbank of the Columbia River in Washington state. Reid Blackburn 1999: Clinton Acquitted In 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. AP 2000: Charles M. Schulz In 2000, Charles M. Schulz, creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, died in Santa Rosa, Calif. at age 77. AP 2003: North Korea In 2003, the U.N. nuclear agency declared North Korea in violation of international treaties, sending the dispute to the Security Council. AP 2006: Michelle Kwan In 2006, figure skater Michelle Kwan effectively retired from competition as she withdrew from the Turin Olympics due to injury (she was replaced on the U.S. team by Emily Hughes). AP 2006: Shaun White In 2006, snowboarder Shaun White beat American teammate Danny Kass to win the Olympic gold medal. AP 2008: General Motors In 2008, General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, a record annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers. AP 2008: Uno In 2008, Uno became the first beagle named Westminster's best in show. AP 2010: University of Alabama-Huntsville Ten years ago: Three University of Alabama-Huntsville professors were gunned down during a faculty meeting; police charged neurobiologist Amy Bishop with capital murder. (Bishop later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) Butch Dill 2010: Winter Olympics Ten years ago: On the day the Winter Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nodar Kumaritashvili (noh-DAHR' KOO'-mah-ree-tahsh-VEE'-lee), a 21-year-old luger from the republic of Georgia, was killed in a high-speed crash during a practice run. AP 2015: Ukraine Five years ago: European leaders agreed on a truce to halt fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatist rebels. AP Pool 2019: "El Chapo" One year ago: Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was convicted in New York of running an industrial-scale smuggling operation; a jury whose members’ identities were kept secret as a security measure had deliberated for six days. (Guzman is serving a life sentence at the federal supermax prison facility in Florence, Colorado.) AP 2019: John Dingell One year ago: Hundreds gathered at a church in suburban Detroit for the funeral of former Democratic Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. AP 2019: Lyndon LaRouche Jr. One year ago: Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including one campaign waged from federal prison, died at the age of 96. AP 2019: Mark Kelly One year ago: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced that he would run in 2020 to finish the Senate term of the late John McCain; Kelly had become a prominent gun-control advocate after the shooting that injured his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. 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