Historical Events on 11th February

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660 BC - Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu
55 - Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
385 - Siricius, bishop of Tarragona, elected as Bishop of Rome; first to style himself Pope.
824 - St Paschal I ends his reign as Pope
1531 - Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome
1543 - Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portugese troops beat Muslim army
1543 - Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant
1575 - King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe
1659 - The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
1720 - Sweden & Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
1766 - Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
1768 - Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
1790 - Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
US Revolutionary Samuel AdamsUS Revolutionary Samuel Adams 1793 - Prussian troops occupy Venlo, Netherlands
1794 - 1st session of US Senate open to the public
1808 - Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
1809 - Robert Fulton patents steamboat
1811 - President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
1812 - Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill - first "gerrymander"
1814 - Norway's independence proclaimed
1826 - University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
1837 - American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
1840 - Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment" premieres in Paris
1843 - Opera "I Lombardi" premieres in Milan
1851 - 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Vic, Launceston
1852 - First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert FultonCommercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton 1854 - Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1855 - Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam.
1858 - First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
1861 - President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Washington, D.C.
1861 - US House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
1873 - Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
1878 - 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
1878 - 1st weekly weather report published in UK
1889 - Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
1895 - -17°F (-27.2°C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)
1895 - Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C.
Writer/Poet Oscar WildeWriter/Poet Oscar Wilde 1896 - Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris
1897 - White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, NYC
1898 - Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named US minister to Liberia
1899 - -15°F (-26°C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
1899 - -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
1902 - Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
1903 - Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna
1903 - US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which authorizes the Attorney General to 'expedite' anti-trust cases through the courts, reflecting growing popular support for President Roosevelt's 'trust busting' campaign
1905 - James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299½-last pin breaks but stands
1905 - Pope Pius X publishes encyclical Vehementer nos
1907 - De Master's Dutch government resigns
1907 - Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, off Rhode Island, 322 die
1908 - Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
1908 - Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
1916 - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
1916 - Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
1916 - Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March
1918 - US President Wilson makes another speech before Congress and announces 'the Four Principles' - freedom of navigation, and end to secret diplomacy, and similar items - that supplement his Fourteen Points
1919 - Friedrich Ebert (SPD) elected president of Germany
1921 - Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St NYC
1922 - "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
1922 - US intervention army leaves Honduras
1926 - Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to NZ
1927 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1927 - US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1928 - 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
1929 - Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo" premieres in NYC
1929 - Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
1932 - 73°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
1935 - -11°F (-24°C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)
1935 - 1st US airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, NY
1936 - Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in SF Bay
1937 - 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Mich ends
1938 - Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title
1941 - 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)
German WWII Field Marshal Erwin RommelGerman WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel 1941 - Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
1941 - Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
1942 - "Archie" comic book debuts
1943 - US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe; British General Montgomery not best pleased.
1943 - Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1944 - German troops reconquer Aprilia, Italy
1944 - U-424 sunk off Ireland
1945 - 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph StalinConference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1945 - Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin
1948 - Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
1948 - John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
1948 - Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
1949 - Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
1950 - "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1
1950 - 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
1951 - Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
1952 - 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston
1953 - J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
1953 - President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
1953 - USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower 1954 - 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
1956 - British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
1957 - KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 - NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president
1958 - Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs
1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor is 1st African-American woman hired as flight attendant, Ithaca NY
1958 - WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
1959 - Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
1960 - Jack Paar walks off his TV show
NHL Star Ted LindsayNHL Star Ted Lindsay 1961 - Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
1962 - Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
1963 - Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
1963 - CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
1963 - Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.
1964 - Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington, D.C. Coliseum
1964 - Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
1964 - Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
1965 - Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee
1966 - SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
1968 - Israeli-Jordan border fight
1968 - Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays 1968 - Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
1969 - Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
1969 - Dorey Funk Jr beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
1970 - 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hr rec)
1970 - Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite (Osumi) in orbit
1970 - John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
1971 - Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
1971 - US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
1973 - 1st one-day international for Pakistan & NZ
1973 - 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
1973 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic
1973 - Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1974 - Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
1974 - Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails
1974 - 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
1974 - Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration's seven-point "Project Independence" plan to make the U.S. energy independent
1974 - Libya nationalizes three US oil companies that had not agreed to 51 percent nationalization in September
1975 - Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party
1975 - Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC
1976 - Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
British Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 1976 - John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
1977 - 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
1978 - 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC
1978 - 25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin
1978 - China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens
1978 - EOKA disbands in Cyprus
1979 - "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 perfs
1979 - 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
1979 - Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
1979 - Musical "They're Playing Our Song" premieres in NYC
1981 - Australia all out 83 v India at MCG chasing 143 to win
1981 - Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
1982 - Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 1983 - "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
1983 - 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
1984 - 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
1984 - Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
1985 - King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
1985 - Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
1985 - Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins
1986 - Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
1986 - Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
1986 - Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
1987 - British Airways begins trading stocks
1987 - England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
1987 - Philippines constitution goes into effect
1987 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 - Anthony M Kennedy appointed to US Supreme Court
1989 - Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
1989 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
1990 - 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike TysonHeavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson 1990 - James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown
1990 - Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
1990 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1991 - UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in Hague Neth
1992 - F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo, Netherlands (No deaths)
1992 - Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
1993 - Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester NY (WRQI)
1993 - Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 secs)
1993 - Janet Reno selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General
1993 - 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
1994 - Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton 1994 - Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
1995 - Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
1995 - Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
1995 - Sandra Volker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)
1995 - Space shuttle STS-63 (Discovery 19), lands
1995 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1995 - West Indies score 5-660 against NZ
1996 - 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio
1997 - Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets
1997 - STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches
1998 - KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
1998 - Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
1998 - 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
White House Intern Monica LewinskyWhite House Intern Monica Lewinsky 2001 - 50th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-110 at Washington
2007 - A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
2007 - 49th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins
2007 - 60th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Queen" Best Film, Paul Greengrass Best Director
2008 - In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
2010 - 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
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.
2012 - Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
2013 - Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI 2013 - 18 coal miners are killed in an explosion in the Komi region, Russia
2014 - 11 people are killed after a grenade was tossed into a movie theatre in Peshawar, Pakistan
2014 - 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria

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