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)
Astronomer Tycho BraheAstronomer Tycho Brahe 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
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 - 1st "gerrymander"
Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert FultonCommercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton 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 - 1st 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 - 1st apparition of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
1861 - President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield IL to Washington DC
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 Wash DC
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, DC (district record)
1899 - -61°F, Montana (record low temperature)
1902 - Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
1903 - Anton Bruckner's 9th Symfonie 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 Rhide 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 male 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 become wrestling champ
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
1945 - Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin
1948 - Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 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
1951 - Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
1953 - "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 190 performances
1953 - J Styne/B Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg," premieres in NYC
1953 - Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
First President of Ghana Kwame NkrumahFirst President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah 1953 - USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
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
NHL Left Winger Ted LindsayNHL Left Winger Ted Lindsay 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
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 DC 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
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays 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
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)
LPGA Golfer Kathy WhitworthLPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth 1973 - Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic
1973 - Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
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
British Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 1976 - Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black US Secretary of Army
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
NHL Defenseman Denis PotvinNHL Defenseman Denis Potvin 1979 - Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
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
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
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 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 the 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 the 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)
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson MandelaAnti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela 1993 - Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 secs)
1993 - Janet Reno selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General
1994 - Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
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
42nd US President Bill Clinton42nd US President Bill Clinton 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
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
Singer Carrie UnderwoodSinger Carrie Underwood 2008 - In East Timor, assassination attempts were made on Xanana Gusmao and Jose Ramos-Horta. Both failed.
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
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
265th Pope  Benedict XVI265th Pope Benedict XVI 2014 - 77 people are killed after a military transport plan crashes in Algeria
2014 - Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria

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