What Happened on February 11

Significant Events

  • 1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome
  • 1858 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • 1929 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party
  • 1990 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 2011 Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 2013 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415
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Did You Know?

World War II: Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 116 of 156 captured U-boats

On February 11, 1946

Famous Weddings

  • 1638 Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries earl John of Brederode
  • 1810 French leader Napoleon I marries 2nd wife Marie-Louise of Austria
  • 1902 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1905 Novelist Thomas Mann (29) weds Katia Pringsheim (21) in Munich, Germany
  • 1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
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