12th February

The events happened on 12th February are :

1818 : Chile's independence from Spain declared : Although the decisive victory over the Spanish did not come until April at the Battle of Maipú, Chile formally declared independence from Spain on this day in 1818, the first anniversary of Chile's victory at Chacabuco.

2002 : Slobodan Milošević, president of Yugoslavia in 1997–2000, went on trial for war crimes in The Hague, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

1994 : Thieves broke into the National Gallery in Oslo and stole The Scream (later recovered), one of several versions Norwegian artist Edvard Munch made of his most famous painting.

1953 : The Egyptian government signed an agreement with Britain granting self-government for the Sudan and self-determination within three years for the Sudanese.

1912 : Puyi, the last emperor of China, abdicated at the end of the Chinese Revolution.

1804 : German philosopher Immanuel Kant died in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).

1554 : At age 16, Lady Jane Grey, titular queen of England, was executed in London by order of Mary I.

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