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FEBRUARY 12

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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1733 The City of Savannah, Georgia Is Founded by James Oglethorpe Savannah, Georgia University of Georgia
1777 Dr. John McKinly of Wilmington Is Named Delaware's First President (Governor) with 19 of 23 Votes of the General Assembly Delaware Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1865 Henry Garnett Is the First African American to Preach in the House of Representatives U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Religion African American History Historic Firsts The History Channel
1877 The Telephone Is First Used to Transmit a News Dispatch from Salem, Massachusetts to the Boston Globe Newspaper Office Massachusetts Telephone The Boston Globe History of Technology Historic Firsts IEEE Communications  Society
1908 The First Around-the-World Auto Race (New York to Paris) Auto Race Begins New York City Paris Auto Racing Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1914 Port Angeles, Washington Receives Its First Electrical Power Port Angeles, Washington Electricity Historic Firsts History Link
1926 Carter Woodson Initiates the First "Black History Week" Carter Woodson Black History Month Historic Firsts U.S. Census Bureau
1950 Georgetown, Delaware's Mayor Makes the First Telephone Call over the Town's New Dial System Georgetown, Delaware Telephone Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1977 Governor Jerry Brown Appoints Rose Bird as the First Female Member of and Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court California American Women Political and Social Leaders Law Historic Firsts Learn California
2001 NASA Space Probe NEAR Lands on the Asteroid Eros NASA Asteroids Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (pdf)
2006 27" Snowfall Most in New York City's Recorded History New York City Snow Historic Firsts CNN

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