This Day in History on 12th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 12th February. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days


Important Events

1825 – The Creek cede the last of their lands in Georgia to the United States government by the Treaty of Indian Springs, and migrate west.

2002 – An Iran Airtour Tupolev Tu-154 crashes in the mountains outside Khorramabad, Iran while descending for a landing at Khorramabad Airport, killing 119.


2004 – The city of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.


2009 – Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes into a house in Clarence Center, New York while on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, killing all on board and one on the ground.


2016 – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill sign an Ecumenical Declaration in the first such meeting between leaders of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches since their split in 1054.


2019 – The country known as the Republic of Macedonia renames itself the Republic of North Macedonia in accordance with the Prespa agreement, settling a long-standing naming dispute with Greece.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1824 – Dayananda Saraswati, Indian monk and philosopher, founded Arya Samaj (d. 1883)

1988 – Nicolás Otamendi, Argentine footballer
1988 – Mike Posner, American singer-songwriter and producer
1990 – Robert Griffin III, American football player
1991 – Patrick Herrmann, German footballer
1994 – Arman Hall, American sprinter
2000 – Kim Ji-min, South Korean actress

Death/ Death Anniversary

2016 – Yannis Kalaitzis, Greek cartoonist (b. 1945)
2016 – Yan Su, Chinese general and composer (b. 1930)
2017 – Al Jarreau, American singer (b. 1940)
2017 – Anna Marguerite McCann, first female American underwater archaeologist (b. 1933)
2017 – Ren Xinmin, Chinese rocket scientist (b. 1915)
2019 – Gordon Banks, English footballer (b. 1937)
2019 – Lyndon LaRouche, American political activist (b. 1922)
2019 – Pedro Morales, Puerto Rican professional wrestler and commentator (b. 1942)
2020 – Christie Blatchford, Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster (b. 1951)

Futher Reading

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