February 12

This Day in History

1554

Nine Day Queen "Respectfully" Executed

On this day in 1554, Lady Jane Grey, the "Nine Day Queen," was executed at the Tower of London. She had been chosen to succeed the throne by her cousin Edward VI, who died without issue at the age of … (more...)

1884

Japanese Adventurer Disappears

On this day in 1984, Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura disappeared while descending Mount McKinley after a solo climb. A shy youth, Uemura began climbing as a way to build confidence. He quickly … (more...)

1986

Scharansky released

After spending eight years in Soviet prisons and labor camps, human rights activist Anatoly Scharansky is released. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan arranged the … (more...)