This Day in History: February 12, 1773, 1809, 1908, 1909, 1973 plus Music History 1924 and 1964
February 12, 1773
|View of Savannah, 1734|
Image Source: en.wikipedia.org
February 12, 1809
|1864 photo of President Lincoln |
with youngest son, Tad, one year
before his assassination.
Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln! If Abe Lincoln were alive today, he would be 207 years old. During his life span of 56 years, his monumental accomplishments led to his becoming immortalized in marble, a giant version of his face carved into a mountain, and being represented on both the paper and coin form of the United States money. The man known as “Honest Abe” is one of America’s most beloved past Presidents (the 16th President of the United States).
It is not merely for to-day, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives. --Abraham Lincoln, August 22, 1864
February 12, 1908
1908 - a time of innocence and a wide-eye belief that anything was possible!
In November of 1907, the French newspaper Le Matin and The New York Times issued a challenge that would set the stage for The Greatest Auto Race on Earth and unknowingly precipitated a chain of events that helped shape the world. The challenge: to travel by car around the world from New York to Paris. And with the crack of a golden pistol, the greatest auto race on earth was begun on February 12, 1908.
To get the full impact of this event and the monumental obstacles that had to be overcome watch the trailer! Better still...get the documentary!
February 12, 1909
Over one hundred years after the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States who freed the slaves, a group of black and white Americans founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Founded Feb. 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its mission: to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
February 12, 1973
Today in MUSIC History:
February 12, 1924
|Cover of the original sheet music of the |
two-piano version of Rhapsody in Blue.
Rhapsody in Blue has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works. This composition established Gerswin's reputation as a serious composer. One must understand the piece is written for solo piano with orchestra of large-scale harmonic and melodic structure. Gershwin himself spoke of the rhapsody as "a musical kaleidoscope of America", Rhapsody in Blue has often been interpreted as a musical portrait of New York City.
This first version is the piano solo performed by George Gershwin.
The second still features Gershwin at the piano but orchestrated.
February 12, 1964
|Add captionThe Beatles live at the Carnegie Hall. |
Photo via Carnegie Hall
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles Come to America! On this day, February 12, after a concert appearance at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C. (February 11), the Beatles perform two back-to-back performances at New York's Carnegie Hall completing their U.S. tour.
Bit of Beatles Trivia while on tour...
To think this is only a small part of what happened on this day in history! Wonder if anything monumental happened today?