Today is Sunday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2017 with 322 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include French architect Etienne-Louis Boullee in 1728 philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1791 Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, in 1809 biologist Charles Darwin in 1809 labor leader John L. Lewis in 1880 Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1881 U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley in 1893 actor Lorne Greene in 1915 actor Forrest Tucker in 1919 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli in 1923 (age 94) baseball player and sports commentator Joe Garagiola in 1926 (age 91) Charles Van Doren, subject of U.S. TV quiz scandals, in 1926 (age 91) former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., in 1930 basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Russell in 1934 (age 83) actor Joe Don Baker in 1936 (age 81) author Judy Blume in 1938 (age 79) musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) in 1939 former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 1942 (age 75) actor Maud Adams in 1945 (age 72) actor Joanna Kerns in 1953 (age 64) former talk show host Arsenio Hall in 1956 (age 61) actor Josh Brolin in 1968 (age 49) singer Chynna Phillips in 1968 (age 49) actor Christina Ricci in 1980 (age 37) football quarterback Robert Griffin III (nicknamed "RG3") in 1990 (age 27).
On this date in history:
In 1541, Santiago, Chile, was founded.
In 1733, the American colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe.
In 1877, Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone, was publicly demonstrated with a hookup between Boston and Salem, Mass.
In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded by Moorfield Storey, Mary White Ovington and W. E. B. Du Bois.
In 1914, a dedication ceremony was held and the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid. It took eight years to complete the monument honoring the 16th president.
In 1973, 116 prisoners of war were flown from Hanoi to the Philippines in the first release of U.S. POWs in North Vietnam.
In 1993, about 5,000 demonstrators marched on Atlanta's Capitol to protest the Confederate symbol on the Georgia state flag.
In 2001, a NASA spacecraft landed on the asteroid Eros.
In 2004, South Korean scientists announced they had created the world's first mature cloned human embryos.
In 2008, General Motors, which offered buyouts to its 74,000 unionized employees, reported a loss of $38.7 billion for 2007, the largest ever for an automaker.
In 2012, Israeli officials announced the end of a nationwide general strike aimed at improving worker conditions, which paralyzed the public sector for four days.
A thought for the day: "The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one." -- Sid Caesar