February 12

February 12

Darwin Day
Georgia Day (Georgia, U.S. state)
Lincoln's Birthday (United States)
National Freedom to Marry Day, unofficial (United States)
Red Hand Day (United Nations)
Union Day (Myanmar)
Youth Day (Venezuela)

February 12 : Darwin Day
Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

Events February 12

1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
1541 – Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1851 – Edward Hargraves announces that he has found gold in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, starting the Australian gold rush.
1909 – New Zealand's worst maritime disaster of the 20th century happens when the SS Penguin, an inter-island ferry, sinks and explodes at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.
1992 – The current Constitution of Mongolia comes into effect.
2004 – The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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