February 13, 1861: Abraham Lincoln is declared U.S. President in Washington, about two months before the outbreak of the Civil War
February 14, 1912: Arizona is admitted to the Union as the 48th and final mainland state.
February 15, 1950: Walt Disney’s animated film, Cinderella, hits the theaters for the first time in Boston
February 16, 1840: American explorer Charles Wilkes discovers the Antarctic Shackleton Ice Shelf
February 17, 1913: The first minimum wage law in the U.S. takes effect in Oregon, after the passage of the Constitutional Amendment
February 18, 1885: Famed American author Mark Twain publishes Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Facts courtesy of onthisday.com and history.com
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 13th print edition.