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2/11/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 11

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Today in History in 1809 Robert Fulton patents the steamboat; in 1858 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France; and in 1861  President-elect Abraham Lincoln takes train from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, D.C.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 660 BC - Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu
  • 1531 - Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome
  • 1768 - Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
  • 1809 - Robert Fulton patents steamboat
  • 1858 - First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • 1861 - President-elect Lincoln takes train from Springfield IL to Washington DC
  • 1929 - Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1943 - US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe
  • 1964 - Beatles 1st live appearance in US; Washington DC Coliseum
  • 1975 - Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party
  • 1990 - Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 1993 - Janet Reno selected by President Clinton as US Attorney General
  • 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.
  • 2013 - Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415

Famous Birthdays

  • 1465 - Elizabeth of York, Consort of King Henry VII, born in London, England
  • 1800 - William Henry Fox Talbot, Wiltshire England, photographic pioneer
  • 1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)
  • 1917 - Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)
  • 1919 - Eva Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (Green Acres, Gigi) (d. 1995)
  • 1936 - Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
  • 1938 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett, singer-songwriter (Monster Mash)
  • 1964 - Sarah Palin, American politician
  • 1969 - Jennifer Aniston, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Rachel-Friends)

Famous Weddings

  • 1638 - Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries earl John of Brederode
  • 1810 - French leader Napoleon I marries 2nd wife Marie-Louise of Austria
  • 1902 - US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1905 - Novelist Thomas Mann (29) weds Katia Pringsheim (21) in Munich, Germany
  • 1965 - Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
  • 1972 - Playwright Tom Stoppard (34) weds doctor/author Miriam Moore-Robinson (34)
  • 1989 - MLB pitcher Dave Righetti (30) weds Kandice Owen
  • 1995 - Tennis star Yannick Noah (34) weds Victoria's Secret model Heather Stewart-Whyte (25) in France
  • 2006 - Mexican telenovela actor Guillermo Capetillo (47) weds model Tania Amezcua in Mixcoac, Mexico

Famous Deaths

  • 1503 - Elizabeth of York, Consort of King Henry VII, dies on 38th birthday
  • 1963 - Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30
  • 1976 - Lee J Cobb, actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
  • 1994 - Sorrell Brooke, actor (Mayor Hogg-Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 64
  • 1994 - William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 2006 - Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65
  • 2012 - Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

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