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1973Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic

1990James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

197825th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin

1990Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa

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

1966SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

1809Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1896Oscar Wilde's "Salome," premieres in Paris

1951Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)

1997Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

1993Janet Reno selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General

1945Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill & Stalin

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

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

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

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

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

1941Lt-Gen Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli

200749th Grammy Awards: Not Ready To Make Nice, Carrie Underwood wins

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

1543Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant

2011Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.

55Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

1957NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

February 11th Historical Events
Date Event
660
Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu 
BC
AD
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) 
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" 
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 
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 
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) 
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 
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 
1953
USSR breaks diplomatic relations with Israel 
1954
6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win 
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 
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 
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) 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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) 
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 
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 
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 
2014
77 people are killed after a military transport plan crashes in Algeria 
2016
S. Korea Shuts Down Joint Industrial Park With N. Korea 
2016
Gravitational waves have been found, scientists say 
2016
North Korea army chief Ri Yong-gil said to be executed 
2016
Female suicide bombers kill 58 in a Nigerian camp meant to be a safe haven 
2016
Death Toll From War in Syria Now 470000, Group Finds 
2017
New Zealanders Refloat 100 Pilot Whales After 400 Stranded 
2017
Quake in southern Philippines kills at least 4 people 
2017
Mexico warns citizens in US after woman deported 
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