On This Day

Historical Events on February 11 (Part 2)

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 2014 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • 2014 Slopestyle freestyle skiing event makes Olympic debut at Sochi Winter Games; Canadian Dara Howell is inaugural women's gold medallist
  • 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
  • 2016 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2018 Dutchman Sven Kramer becomes only male speed skater to win same Olympic event 3 times, claiming gold in the 5,000m at Pyongchang; first man to win total 8 Olympic medals in the sport
  • 2018 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board

Historic Event

2018 MOMA opens a major solo exhibition for Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in New York

  • 2018 Norway sweeps the medals in the Olympic 30k cross country skiathlon at Pyeongchang; Simen Hegstad Krüger wins gold ahead of teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby & Hans Christer Holund
  • 2019 Artificial Intelligence system meant to assist diagnosis in the future, pitted against physicians in test to diagnose 600,000 patients in results published in "Nature Medicine", A.I. won, just
  • 2020 Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq, for only the second time in a century

Historic Event

2020 Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary

  • 2020 US Attorney General, William Barr recommends cutting suggested sentence of Roger Stone, prompting prosecutors to resign
  • 2020 Largest wave ever surfed by a woman by Brazilian Maya Gabeira riding a 73.5ft (22.4m) wave at Nazaré, Portugal
  • 2021 World's second oldest person French nun Sister André' celebrates her 117th birthday after surviving COVID-19 in Toulon

Historic Event

2021 US President Joe Biden rescinds the national emergency order used by Donald Trump to fund the border wall with Mexico

  • 2021 California's COVID-19 death toll overtakes New York's, reaching 45,496 amid first sign of falling infection numbers (Johns Hopkins)
  • 2021 UK Kent COVID-19 strain set "to sweep the world" and become the dominant strain globally according to UK scientist Sharon Peacock after strain detected in over 50 countries