On this day
Lady Jane Grey was executed.
Lady Jane Grey has the dubious honor of being England’s shortest-serving monarch. At just 17 years old, she’d only served nine days in charge of the country before being executed, with her husband, for treason against the country! That all came to a head… literally… on February 12th, 1554.
All change for China!
February 12th marks a momentous change in China’s history, as it marks the abdication of Emperor Puyi, the last of his line - therefore ending the Emperorship and ushering in the Chinese Revolution.
Milosevic got brought to task… but never saw justice.
February 12th saw the notorious Slobodan Milosevic - President of Yugoslavia until 2000 - brought to trial accused of war crimes in 2002. The trial took years to get underway fully at The Hague - and Milosevic died in 2006, before any charges could be finalized.
Special Days Falling on February 12thNot got much to mark February 12th with? Here are a few interesting occasions that fall on this particular part of the calendar today.
On this day, the birthday of Charles Darwin is celebrated in honor of him being known as the Father Of Evolutionary Biology. Born in 1809, Darwin's book entitled “The Origin of Species” was overwhelmingly voted the most influential academic tome in history! It’s a great day to dig into some of his fascinating work.
Red Hand Day - International Day Against Child Soldiers
Red Hand Day marks an occasion whereby organizations all over the world raise awareness of children being employed in combat against their will. The rights of children have been noted in a United Nations treaty known as OPAC. It’s hard to believe that atrocities against children still continue - making February 12th a very important date indeed.