On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in a log cabin in Hardin (now LaRue) County, Ky.
In 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first U.S. state university to admit students with the arrival of Hinton James.
In 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny — with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side — went into circulation.
In 1993, in a crime that outraged Britons, two 10-year-old boys lured 2-year-old James Bulger from his mother at a shopping mall near Liverpool, England, and beat him to death.
In 2000, Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, died in Santa Rosa, California at age 77.