On This Day in
American History:
February 12

"...while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.”

- Abraham Lincoln who was born on today’s date February 12, 1809 at Sinking Spring Farm in Kentucky.

Image: Lincoln after his nomination for President in 1860 by Alexander Hessler via Wikimedia Commons, public domain

President Theodore Roosevelt arriving at Sinking Spring Farm on the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln 

- February 12, 1909

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Born February 12, 1884 Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of Theodore Roosevelt. Shown here in 1902 with her long-haired Chihuahua Leo, the high spirited, opinionated Alice caused her father to say “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”

Image from LOC via Wikimedia Commons, public domain in the US.

Laying the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

- February 12, 1915 

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Photo of the flying aircraft carrier, USS Macon in 1933 over New York Harbor.

Two years later on February 12, 1935 she was caught in a storm off the California coast and crashed. 

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Omar Nelson Bradley, West Point classmate of Dwight D. Eisenhower, was born on February 12, 1893 in Clark, Missouri. 

After serving with Patton and Eisenhower during WWII, Bradley was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

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On February 12, 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch National Historic Landmark in St. Louis, Missouri. The Arch, located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, was designed by Eero Saarinen to symbolize “The Gateway to the West.” When this picture was taken in 1965 completion was still two years away.

Image by Kevin William Kelly, CCA-SA 4.0 International via Wikimedia Commons.

If you've ever whacked a wooden ball through a wicket circle this day on your calendar. On February 12, 1880 the US National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia. It's skill, it's recreation, it's A LOT cheaper than polo! Here's young Nancy Wong of Michigan enjoying the game in 1959.

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On February 12, 1924, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered at Aeolian Hall in New York City 

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Dracula by Universal Pictures starring Bela Lugosi premiered at The Roxy Theatre in New York City on February 12, 1931.

For a few years prior to the film’s release, Lugosi had been playing the role of Dracula on stage. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

The N.A.A.C.P., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was founded on
February 12, 1909. This 1907 portrait shows one of the organization's founders, writer and professor Dr.
W.E.B. Du Bois. 

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God Bless America!

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