February 11 Events in History - February 11 Birthdays - February 11 Deaths
2015 Tiger Woods announces that he will be taking a hiatus from golf in order to recover from a recent injury and work on improving his game back to peak levels; Woods did not specify an expected return date to the game
2014 After restricting its ties with Cuba since 1996, the European Union agrees to launch negotiations; the talks aim to increase the dialogue on human rights and increase trade and investment between Cuba and the EU
2014 Indian athletes are granted permission to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics under their nation's flag; the Indian Olympic Association had been suspended when Indian officials were accused of corruption in 2012
2013 Citing frail health, Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation effective February 28, 2013; he is the first Pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415
2013 Parliamentary elections are held in Monaco, with the the Horizon Monaco alliance winning 50.3% of the vote, securing 20 of 24 seats in the country's National Council
2012 Hundreds of thousands of people protest against austerity measures in Portugal's capital of Lisbon
2012 American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies suddenly at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in California at age 48
2011 President Hosni Mubarak relinquishes power to the head of the Higher Military Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
2011 North Korea places requests with its worldwide embassies to appeal for aid to feed its population
2010 A European Union summit discusses the possibility of bailing out Greece's economy
2009 Morgan Tsvangirai becomes Prime Minister of Zimbabwe after agreeing to share power with President Robert Mugabe
2006 Dick Cheney accidentally shoots friend in a hunting accident
1998 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview
1998 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500
1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of New York Jets
1997 STS-82 (Discovery 22) launches
1996 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio
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 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1995 West Indies score 5-660 against New Zealand
1994 Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
1994 Space shuttle STS-60 (Discovery 18), lands
1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York on WRQI
1993 Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 seconds)
1993 Janet Reno selected by Clinton as U.S. Attorney General
1992 F-16 jet crashes at residential district of Hengelo Netherlands (No deaths)
1992 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
1991 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations and People Org forms in Hague
1990 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami
1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson to win heavyweight boxing crown
1990 Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, freed in South Africa
1990 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1989 Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
1989 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
1988 Anthony M. Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
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 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by U.S.S.R., leaves country
1986 Australia beat India 2-0 to win the World Series Cup
1986 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
1985 Jordan king Hussein and 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, New Zealand still wins
1984 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
1984 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" and "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
1983 4th largest snowfall in New York City history (18"(46 cm))
1982 Ozzie Smith for Garry Templeton trade finally goes through
1981 Australia all out 83 vs. India at MCG chasing 143 to win
1981 Polish premier Jozef Pinkowski replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski
1979 "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial New York City for 1082 performances
1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
1979 Emmy News and Documentaries Award presentation
1979 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
1979 Musical "They're Playing Our Song," premieres in New York City
1978 16 Unification church couples wed in New York City
1978 25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin
1978 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Dickens
1978 EOKA organization disbands in Cyprus
1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
1976 Clifford Alexander, Jr. confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army
1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership
1974 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
1974 Titan-Centaur Test launch fails
1974 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000
1973 1st one-day international for Pakistan and New Zealand
1973 1st sub 17-minute 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
1971 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
1971 U.S., U.K., U.S.S.R., others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
1970 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mount Washington, New Hampshire (state 24-hour rec)
1970 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite, Osumi, in orbit
1970 John Lennon pays 1,344 pounds fine for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland
1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st U.S. woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
1969 Dorey Funk, Jr. beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ
1968 Israeli-Jordan border fight
1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Washington Bridge, Hudson River New York
1968 Madison Square Garden III closes MSG IV opens (New York City)
1966 San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
1965 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee
1964 Beatles 1st live appearance in U.S.; Washington D.C. Coliseum
1964 Greek and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus
1964 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France
1963 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created
1962 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
1961 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black
1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem
1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
1959 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
1958 1st flight with black stewardess, Ruth Carol Taylor, Ithaca New York
1958 Marshal Chen Yi succeeds Chu En-lai as Minister of Foreign affairs
1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 NHL Players Association forms (New York City), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president
1954 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor and Eve Arden wins
1953 "Hazel Flagg" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 190 performances
1953 J. Styne/B. Hilliard's musical "Hazel Flagg," premieres in New York City
1953 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
1953 Russia breaks diplomatic relations with Israel
1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
1950 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1
1949 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
1948 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut England vs. WI, out for 140
1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
1948 Test Cricket debut of Frank Worrell, vs. England Port-of-Spain
1945 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, California
1945 Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
1944 German troops reconquer Aprilia Italy
1944 U-424 sunk off Ireland
1943 General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe
1943 Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 "Archie" comic book debuts
1941 Lieutenant-general Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
1941 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments
1938 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champ
1937 44-day sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint, Michigan ends
1936 Pumping begins to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
1935 -11 degrees F (-24 degrees C), Ifrane, Morocco (African record low)
1935 1st U.S. airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, New York
1932 73 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
1929 Eugene O'Neill's "Dynamo," premieres in New York City
1929 Vatican City, world's smallest country, made an enclave of Rome
1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St. Moritz, Switzerland
1927 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1927 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1926 Tokelau (Union) Islands in South Pacific transfers to New Zealand
1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
1922 U.S. intervention army leaves Honduras
1921 Ambassador Theater opens at 215 W 49th St. New York City
1919 Friedrich Ebert (SPD), elected president of Germany
1916 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
1908 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
1908 Heemskerk's government begins in Holland
1907 De Master's Dutch government resigns
1905 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299 -last pin breaks but stands
1905 Pope Pius X publishes encyclical Vehementer nos
1903 Anton Bruckner's 9th Symfonie premieres in Vienna
1902 Police beats up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
1899 -15 degrees F (-26 degrees C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
1899 -61 degrees F, Montana (record low temperature)
1898 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named minister to Liberia
1897 White Rose Mission opens on East 97th Street, New York City
1896 Oscar Wildes "Salom" premieres in Paris
1895 -17 degrees F (-27.2 degrees C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)
1895 Georgetown became part of Washington D.C.
1889 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
1878 1st U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
1878 1st weekly Weather report published in UK
1873 Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
1861 President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield Illinois to Washington D.C.
1861 U.S. House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
1858 1st apparition of Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes France
1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)
1851 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania vs. Vic, Launceston
1843 Opera "I Lombardi," premieres in Milan
1840 Gaetano Donizetti's Opera "La Fille du Regiment," premieres in Paris
1837 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
1826 London University founded
1814 Norway's independence proclaimed
1812 Massachusetts Governor Gerry signs a redistricting bill-1st "gerrymander"
1811 President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
1810 Napoleon marries Marie-Louise of Austria
1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat
1808 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa
1794 1st session of U.S. Senate open to the public
1793 Prussian troops occupy Venlo, Netherlands
1790 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
1768 Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
1752 Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the U.S., opened
1720 Sweden and Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
1638 Dutch countess Louise of Solms marries earl John of Brederode
1575 King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe
1573 1st European, Francis Drake sees the Pacific (from Panama)
1543 Battle at Wayna Daga: Ethiopian/Portugese troops beat Moslem army
1543 Karel/Henry VIII sign anti-French covenant
1531 Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
824 St. Paschal I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
385 Oldest Pope elected; Siricius-bishop of Tarragona