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This Day in History: Feb. 12

On 4/30/87, Clarence H. "Du" Burns at the opening of his campaign headquarters at 1200 Charles St.
On 4/30/87, Clarence H. "Du" Burns at the opening of his campaign headquarters at 1200 Charles St. (Irving H. Phillips / Baltimore Sun)

In 1987, Mayor Clarence H. "Du" Burns addressed students at Francis M. Wood school for troubled youths: "Don't let nobody tell you you can't succeed. Don't even listen to it. You got to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. That's all I did." Burns became Baltimore's first black mayor in January of that year after William Donald Schaefer was elected Governor of Maryland. Burns later ran for a full term, but lost to Kurt Schmoke in the Democratic primary. (Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun photo, 1987)

1689: The Declaration of Rights was signed in England, proclaiming William and Mary king and queen for life.

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1914: Hundreds of residents along Reisterstown Road appeared before the Baltimore Country delegation in the House Chamber to ask the state to buy the road and abolish its tollgates.

1917: Icy conditions in Baltimore reached their worst point, sinking one Atlantic Transport Company tug and badly damaging another at Curtis Bay. In Annapolis, about 100 bay freight vessels and barges were frozen in.

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1938: Author Judy Blume was born in Elizabeth, N.J.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.

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