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News, Events, Birthdays, History - February 12 - February 18

Charles Robert Darwin's Birthday- February 12, 1809 - 200th Anniversary
Best remembererd for his books "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection", and the "Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life".
 
 
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, February 12, 1809
The 16th President of the U.S. (March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865) and the first to be assassinated (on Good Friday, April, 14, 1865 at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.)
 


St. Valentine's Day Massacre - 80th Anniversary - February 14th.
ValentinesImageAnniversary of Chicago gangland executions, when gunmen posing as police shot seven members of the George "Bugs" Moran gang.
 
 
 
"Remember the Maine!" - February 15th, 1898.
The American battleship Maine was blown up while at anchor in Havana Harbor - it sank quickly and 260 members of its crew were lost. Inflamed public opinion in the U.S. ignored the lack of evidence to establish responsibility for the explosion. "Remember the Maine" became the war cry, and a formal declaration of war against Spain followed shortly thereafter.
 
 
Pluto's Short-Lived Fame Begins - February 18th, 1930
Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at an observatory in Arizona, and was considered the ninth planet of our solar system. Until, that is, it was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet' on August 24th, 2006. Fame can be fleeting...