Events in History on February 11

  • 660 BC Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

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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.

Roman Emperor Nero
Roman 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

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1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1543 Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portuguese troops beat Muslim army
  • 1543 Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant

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1575 King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
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

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1768 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1790 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
  • 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

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1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 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
  • 1852 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • 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 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.

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1896 Oscar Wilde's "Salome" premieres in Paris

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
  • 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

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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 Theodore Roosevelt's "trust busting" campaign

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 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 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1941 1st Gold record presented (Glenn Miller-Chattanooga Choo Choo)

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1941 Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1941 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
  • 1942 "Archie" comic book debuts

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1943 US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe; British General Montgomery not best pleased.

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1943 Transport #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
  • 1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • 1950 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

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1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1953 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
  • 1953 USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1961 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
  • 1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created (pretty scary!)
  • 1963 Julia Child's show The French Chef premieres.
  • 1964 Greek & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1964 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
  • 1968 Israeli-Jordan border fight
  • 1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
  • 1968 Madison Square Garden III closes Madison Square Garden IV opens (NYC)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1974 Titan-Centaur rocket test launch fails

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1974 Henry Kissinger unveils Nixon Administration's seven-point "Project Independence" plan to make the U.S. energy independent

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 1974 Libya nationalizes three US oil companies that had not agreed to 51 percent nationalization in September

ReplacementLeadership Contest

1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1976 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
  • 1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • 1978 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC

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1978 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

  • 1978 EOKA disbands in Cyprus

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1979 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1985 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO leader Arafat sign accord
  • 1986 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • 1986 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • 1987 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • 1987 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • 1987 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1988 Anthony 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

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1990 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 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)

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1993 Janet Reno selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1993 43rd Berlin International Film Festival: "Woman Sesame Oil Maker" and "The Wedding Banquet" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
  • 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
  • 1997 STS 82 (Discovery 22) launches

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1998 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview

White House Intern Monica Lewinsky
White House Intern
Monica Lewinsky
  • 1998 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997" auctioned for $442,500
  • 1998 48th Berlin International Film Festival: "Central Station" wins the Golden Bear
  • 2007 A national referendum in Portugal legalises non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • 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

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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.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • 2012 Israeli Air Force conducts four air strikes in Gaza Strip
  • 2013 18 coal miners are killed in an explosion in the Komi region, Russia

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2013 Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2014 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria
  • 2014 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • 2015 Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail
  • 2016 Discover of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo)
  • 2016 Riot between rival drug cartels at a prison in Monterrey, Mexico, leaves 52 dead
  • 2016 Last of Oregon militia occupying Malheur wildlife refuge surrenders to authorities after 41 days