History of 11 February

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History of 11 February

  • 1982 – ABC-TV’s presentation of “The Winds of War” concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.
  • 1982 – France nationalized five groups of major industries and 39 banks.
  • 1984 – The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.
  • 1989 – Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
  • 1990 – In Tokyo, Japan, James “Buster” Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.
  • 1993 – Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.
  • 2000 – The space shuttle Endeavor took off. The mission was to gather information for the most detailed map of the earth ever made.
  • 2000 – Great Britain suspended self-rule in Northern Ireland after the Irish Republican Army (IRA) failed to begin decommissioning (disarming) by a February deadline.
  • 2002 – The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.
  • 2006 – In Texas, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.
  • 2016 – It was reported that scientists had detected gravitational waves. The waves had been detected on September 14, 2015, by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA.
  • 2017 – North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile across the Sea of Japan.
  • 2018 – Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashes near Moscow, Russia. All 71 people on board die.

Celebrating Birthday Today 

  • 1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1982 – Christian Maggio, Italian footballer
  • 1982 – Natalie Dormer, English actress
  • 1982 – Ľubomíra Kalinová, Slovak biathlete
  • 1982 – Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1983 – Rafael van der Vaart, Dutch international footballer, midfielder
  • 1984 – Maarten Heisen, Dutch sprinter
  • 1984 – Marco Marcato, Italian cyclist
  • 1984 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1984 – Maxime Talbot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 – William Beckett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Šárka Strachová, Czech skier
  • 1986 – Abu Omar al-Shishani, Georgian commander (d. 2016)
  • 1986 – Kees Luyckx, Dutch footballer
  • 1987 – Luca Antonelli, Italian footballer
  • 1987 – José Callejón, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 – Juanmi Callejón, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 – Ebba Busch Thor, Swedish politician
  • 1987 – Brian Matusz, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Jan Smeekens, Dutch speed skater
  • 1987 – Ellen van Dijk, Dutch cyclist
  • 1988 – Vlad Moldoveanu, Romanian basketball player
  • 1989 – Alexander Büttner, Dutch footballer
  • 1990 – Javier Aquino, Mexican footballer
  • 1990 – Hwang Chan-sung, South Korean singer, rapper, and actor
  • 1990 – Q’orianka Kilcher, American actress
  • 1991 – Georgia May Foote, English actress
  • 1991 – Nikola Mirotic, Spanish basketball player
  • 1992 – Lasse Norman Hansen, Danish track and road cyclist
  • 1992 – Taylor Lautner, American actor, model and martial artist
  • 1993 – Ben McLemore, American basketball player
  • 1994 – Dansby Swanson, American baseball player
  • 1996 – Jonathan Tah, German footballer

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