Today in History – 11th February

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Holidays and Observances

  • Armed Forces Day  in Liberia
  • Day of Revenue Service in Azerbaijan
  • Inventors’ Day in the United States
  • Islamic Revolution’s Victory Day in Iran
  • National Foundation Day in Japan
  • Youth Day in Cameroon

Events

  • 1794 – First session of United States Senate opens to the public.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing non-interference with slavery in any state.
  • 1916 – Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
  • 1938 – BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program.
  • 1953 – The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1990 – Buster Douglas, an underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds at Tokyo to win boxing’s world Heavyweight title and cause one of the largest upsets in sports history.
  • 2001 – A Dutch programmer launched the Anna Kournikova virus infecting millions of emails via a trick photo of the tennis star.
  • 2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 2014 – A military transport plane crashes in eastern Algeria, killing 77 people.
  • 2015 – A university student was murdered as she resisted an attempted rape in Turkey, sparking nationwide protests and public outcry against harassment and violence against women.

Birthdays

  • 1847 – Thomas Edison, American engineer and businessman, developed the light bulb and phonograph (d. 1931)
  • 1917 – Sidney Sheldon, American author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1946 – Chris Rush, American comedian, actor, and author
  • 1946 – Ian Porterfield, Scottish-English footballer and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1959 – Bradley Cole, American actor
  • 1962 – Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1969 – Jennifer Aniston, American actress, director, and producer. Her role as Rachel Green on Friends from 1994 to 2004 earned her an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. For her performance in the 2002 film The Good Girl, she received a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. She has also starred in such films as Cake, Bruce Almighty, Horrible Bosses, Office Space, Just Go With It and We’re the Millers.
  • 1969 – John Salako, Nigerian-English footballer, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1972 – Steve McManaman, English footballer
  • 1974 – D’Angelo, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He is an R&B, funk, and neo-soul singer, music producer, and songwriter. His albums include Brown Sugar and Voodoo.
  • 1975- Aex Jones. He Gained fame as host of the radio program The Alex Jones Show. He also runs a popular YouTube channel with over 1.2 million subscribers and he launched the websites PrisonPlanet.com and infowars.com.
  • 1979 – Brandy Norwood is 37 today- R&B, pop, and soul singer who gained fame by starring as Moesha on the TV show by the same name. In 1994 she released the #1 R&B singles “I Wanna Be Down” and “Baby.” She began playing Chardonnay on the TV series The Game in 2012.
  • 1980 – Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 1980 – Matthew Lawrence, American actor
  • 1981 – Kelly Rowland, is also 35 today Grammy Award-winning singer who gained prominence as the founding member of one of the best-selling superstar girl groups, Destiny’s Child
  • 1982 – Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1983 – Rafael van der Vaart, Dutch footballer who also plays for Real Betis in Spain
  • 1983 – Andrew Welsh, Australian football
  • 1984 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer-songwriter and television personality
  • 1985 – Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Robin Hawkins, Welsh vocalist and guitarist (The Automatic)
  • 1999- Micheal Ofili . He is a Vine content creator known on the Internet as Metroo. He incorporates the comedy from his own YouTube videos.

Deaths

  • 2012 -Whitney Houston, Born in 1963, died on this day in 2012. Whitney was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time.[1] Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold all over the world. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.
  • Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards on the Billboard magazine year-end charts
  • However, on February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and sang “Jesus Loves Me
  • Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Oh Whitney! Here is something from Whitney again to bring back her memories.

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