What Happened on February 11

Historical Events

  • 1858 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • 1929 Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is made an enclave of Rome
  • 1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party

Feb 11 in Film & TV

  • 1938 World's first science fiction TV program - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek

Feb 11 in Music

  • 1949 "Lovesick Blues" single released by Hank Williams (Cashbox "Best Hillbilly Record of the Year", Billboard Song of the Year 1949)

Feb 11 in Sport

  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms

Did You Know?

Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu

On February 11, 660

Would You Believe?

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

On February 11, 2013

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

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