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Today is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 1996. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:On Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.

On this date:

In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, who'd been queen of England for nine days, was beheaded after being charged with treason.

In 1733, English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga.

In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote.

In 1892, President Lincoln's birthday was declared a national holiday.

In 1895, the Battle of Weihaiwei took place during the Sino-Japanese War.

In 1907, more than 300 people died when the steamer Larchmont collided with a schooner off Block Island in New England.

In 1908, the first round-the-world automobile race began in New York. It ended in Paris the following August.

In 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, America's oldest civil rights organization, was founded.

In 1915, the cornerstone for the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington D.C.

In 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.

In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted on the Mutual network with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.

In 1968, "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver was first published.

In 1973, the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam War took place.

Ten years ago: Interior Secretary Donald Hodel fired Lee Iacocca as head of the government's advisory commission on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, citing the Chrysler chairman's conflicting role as head of the private foundation that was raising money for the project.

Five years ago: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein met with Soviet envoy Yevgeny Primakov, who brought with him a message from President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. In China, two longtime democracy activists, Wang Juntao and Chen Ziming, were sentenced to 13 years in prison. Former New York City Mayor Robert Wagner died at age 80.

One year ago: Jurors from the O.J. Simpson murder trial toured the scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman had been slain, then visited the estate of the former football star.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zefferelli is 73. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 70. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., is 66. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 62. Actor Joe Don Baker is 60. Author Judy Blume is 58. Actress Maud Adams is 51.

Thought for Today: "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still." - President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).