On This Day

On This Day in History for February 11 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st African American 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, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

Philosopher Aristotle
Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Playwright William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
  • 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 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 The Hague, Netherlands
  • 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 President Clinton selects Janet Reno to be first female US Attorney General

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 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

  • 1999 Pluto moves further away from the sun than Neptune regaining its status as solar system's outermost planet, a title it will retain for 228 years
  • 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.

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2009 Uri Geller purchases Lamb Island, Scotland, previously known for its witch trials

Psychic, illusionist Uri Geller
Psychic, illusionist
Uri Geller

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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 (Arab Spring)

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
  • 2018 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board

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

  • 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

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2020 Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2020 US attorney general, William Barr recommends cutting suggested sentence of Roger Stone, prompting prosecutors to resign

Birthdays in History

  • 1982 Kate Mulleavy, American fashion designer (Rodarte), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1990 Princess Ayah of Jordan, niece of King Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan

Weddings in History

Deaths in History