Friday, February 12, 2010


1897 - Patriotic Filipino journalist Isabelo de los Reyes, known for his stirring and pungent articles critical of the Spanish colonial friars, is jailed at the Bilibid Prison for supposed complicity in the Philippine Revolution that broke out in 1896; while in prison, he will write his Sensecional Memoria addressed to the Governor and wherein he points out that the friars are the ones responsible for sowing the seeds of discontent and revolution in the Philippines.

1663 - Italian mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei arrives in the Holy See to face charges of heresy in connection with his advocacy of the Copernican theory; he will face the Roman Inquisition court within about two months, pleading guilty in exchange for house arrest.

1991 - United States bomber air strikes kill over 300 civilians in Baghdad during the First Gulf War (2 August 1990 - 28 February 1991); the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar will issue a statement expressing dismay at the big civilian casualties.

2001 - A landmark case on AIDS starts in Scotland; 33-year-old Stephen Kelly is charged with infecting an ex-girlfriend through sexual relations despite being aware that he was HIV-positive; Kelly, who contracted the AIDS virus while sharing heroin needles in prison, would later be sentenced to five years imprisonment for conduct the jury deemed "culpable and reckless."

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