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Births for February 11


  • 1380 Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italy, humanist
  • 1506 Juliana van Stolberg, countess of Nassau
  • 1535 Gregory XIV, (Nicolo Sfondrati), Roman Catholic pope (1590-91)
  • 1568 Honor‚ d'Urf‚, French writer (L'Astr‚e)
  • 1657 Bernard Fontenelle, France, scientist/writer (Plurality of Worlds)
  • 1657 Bernard le Bovier sieur de Fontenelle, French philosopher (Plurality)
  • 1764 Marie-Joseph de Ch‚nier, French poet (Cajus Graechus)
  • 1783 Jarena Lee, famous African
  • 1800 William Henry Fox Talbot, English physicist/chemist
  • 1802 Lydia Maria Child, US, author/abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany)
  • 1812 Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice Pres (Confederacy), died in 1883
  • 1812 Benjamin Franklin Sands, Commander (Union Navy), died in 1883
  • 1829 William Anderson Pile, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), died in 1889
  • 1833 Melville Weston Fuller, 8th chief justice
  • 1839 Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
  • 1840 Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), died in 1884
  • 1846 William Fox Talbot, pioneer photographer/inventor
  • 1847 Thomas Alva Edison, NJ, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)
  • 1867 August W Messer, German philosopher/educator/psychologist
  • 1869 Helene ELJ Kr”ller-Mller, founder (Kr”ller-Mller Museum)
  • 1873 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author/novelist (Pages from My Life)
  • 1874 Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish children's book/fairy tales author
  • 1889 John Mills, dancer (Mills Brothers)
  • 1890 John PML de Vries, fairy tale writer
  • 1893 Johan C P Alberts, literary (Festival)
  • 1898 Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
  • 1900 Thomas Hitchcock Jr, great polo player (Westchester Cup 1924,27,30,39
  • 1904 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79)
  • 1904 Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
  • 1905 Beb (Elizabeth) Vuyk, Neth/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1908 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • 1908 Vivian (Ernest) Fuchs, British geologist
  • 1909 Joseph L Mankiewicz, film writer/director (Sleuth)
  • 1909 Max Baer, Omaha Nebraska, heavyweight boxing champ (1934-35)
  • 1912 Roy Fuller, England, poet/novelist (Lost Season)
  • 1912 Rudolf Firkusny, Napajedla Czechoslovakia, pianist (Julliard)
  • 1914 Matt Dennis, Seattle Wash, singer (Matt Dennis Show)
  • 1914 Winand J Borgerhoff Mulder, court judge of Amsterdam
  • 1917 Sidney Sheldon, novelist (1947 Academy Award, 1959 Tony, Bloodline)
  • 1919 Gretchen Fraser, Tacoma Wash, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1920 Billy Halop, NYC, actor (Bert Munson-All in the Family)
  • 1920 Daniel F(rancis) Galouye, US, sci-fi author (Dark Universe, Last Leap
  • 1920 Faroek I, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1921 Eva Gabor, Budapest Hungary, actress (Lisa-Green Acres, Gigi)
  • 1921 Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
  • 1922 Leslie Nielsen, Regina Sask, actor (Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun)
  • 1925 Kim Stanley, New Mexico, actress (Frances, Right Stuff)
  • 1925 Virginia E Johnson, doctor/sexologist (Masters & Johnson)
  • 1926 Paul Bocuse, France, great chef (Legion of Honor)
  • 1928 Conrad Janis, NYC, actor (Mork & Mindy, Quark, Bonino)
  • 1930 Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)
  • 1932 Jerome Lowenthal, Phila, pianist/prof (Jerusalem Academy of Music)
  • 1934 Mary Quant, Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
  • 1934 Tina Louise, NYC, actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas)
  • 1935 Gene Vincent, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1936 Burt Reynolds, Waycross Ga, actor (Dan August, Gunsmoke, End)
  • 1937 Louis Boer, playwright
  • 1938 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1938 Gen Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian dictator (-1990)
  • 1938 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1939 Gerry Goffin, Queens NY, rock lyricist (married Carole King)
  • 1939 Jane (Hyatt) Yolen, US, sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • 1940 Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1941 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1942 Archie, comic book character
  • 1944 Michael G Oxley, (Rep-R-OH, 1981- )
  • 1949 Charlie Hargett, rocker (Blackfoot)
  • 1950 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • 1953 Philip Anglim, SF Calif, actor (Dane-Thorn Birds)
  • 1953 Stephen D Thorne, Frankfurt-on-Main, German FR, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut
  • 1954 Catherine Hickland, actress (Capitol, Star Trek IV)
  • 1956 Kathleen Beller, Queens NY, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx)
  • 196- Bianca Ferguson, actress (Felicia Jones-General Hospital)
  • 1961 Carey Lowell, NYC, actress (Guardian, Dangerously Close)
  • 1961 Mary Docter, US, 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • 1962 Scott Kolden, Torrance Calif, actor (Scott-Me & the Champ)
  • 1969 Shannon Long, Gladstone Australia, playmate (Oct, 1988)
  • 1976 Brice Beckham, Long Beach Calif, actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare)
  • 1980 Matthew Lawrence, Montgomery Pa, actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break)
  • 1980 Natasha Bobo, Watsonville Calif, actress (Sally-Together We Stand)


Passings for February 11


  • 731 Gregory II, Greek-Syrian Pope, dies
  • 821 Benedict van Aniane, saint, dies
  • 824 Paschal I, Italian Pope (817-24), dies
  • 867 Theodora, the saint, Emperoress of Byzantine, dies
  • 1141 Hugo van St-Victor, philosopher/theologist/mystic, dies
  • 1554 Lady Jane Grey, deposed Queen of England, beheaded after 9 day rule
  • 1650 Ren‚ Descartes, philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking
  • 1685 David Teniers III, Flemish painter, dies at 46
  • 1841 J H Ferdinand Olivier, German painter, dies
  • 1868 Jean B L Foucault, French physicist (sway proof), dies
  • 1868 L‚on Foucault, discovers 1st physical proof of Earth's rotation, dies
  • 1879 Willem J Van Zeggelen, author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
  • 1911 Albert von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies
  • 1922 Gerardus J P J Bolland, philospher (Bolland Society), dies at 67
  • 1931 Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies
  • 1941 Rudolf Hilferding, German economist/Min of Finance (SPD), suicide
  • 1961 Eduard R Verkade, actor/director, dies at 82
  • 1961 Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered
  • 1963 Sylvia Plath, poet/novelist (Ariel), kills herself, in London at 30
  • 1968 Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • 1971 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • 1972 John Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • 1976 Lee J Cobb, actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
  • 1978 James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • 1982 Eleanor Powell, tap dancer/wife of Glenn Ford, dies at 69 of cancer
  • 1982 Takashi Shimura, Japans actor (Rashomon, 7 Samurais), dies
  • 1982 Victor Jory, Alaskan actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), dies at 79
  • 1985 Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1985 Henry Hathaway, director/actor, dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1986 Frank (Patrick) Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • 1991 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building), dies
  • 1993 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnist, dies in an auto accident


Special events for February 11


  • 385 Oldest Pope elected; Siricius-bishop of Tarragona
  • 660 -BC- Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno
  • 731 St Gregory II ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 824 St Paschal I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1531 Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in England
  • 1573 Francis Drake sees the Pacific
  • 1575 King Frederick of Denmark offers island of Hveen to Tycho Brahe
  • 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
  • 1812 Mass Gov Gerry signs a redistricting bill-1st "gerrymander
  • 1837 American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
  • 1840 Opera "La Fille du Regiment" is produced (Paris)
  • 1843 Opera "I Lombardi" is produced (Milan)
  • 1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
  • 1858 1st apparition of Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes
  • 1861 President-elect Lincoln takes train to Washington
  • 1873 Spanish Cortes fires king Amadeus I
  • 1878 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • 1878 1st weekly Weather report published
  • 1889 Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890
  • 1893 A Charlois discovers asteroid #357 Ninina
  • 1894 F Courty discovers asteroid #384 Burdigala
  • 1898 Owen Smith of NC, AME Zion minister, named minister to Liberia
  • 1899 -15ø F (-26ø C), Washington, DC (district record)
  • 1899 -61ø F, Montana
  • 1902 Demonstration for human rights in Brussel
  • 1905 James Blackstone, Seattle, bowls 299«-last pin breaks but stands
  • 1907 A Kopff discovers asteroids #625 Xenia & #626 Notburga
  • 1907 Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, 322
  • 1912 A Massinger discovers asteroid #727 Nipponia
  • 1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control
  • 1919 Friedrich Ebert (SPD), elected president of Germany
  • 1919 German republican govt takes power
  • 1921 M Wolf discovers asteroid #946 Poesia
  • 1922 US intervention army leaves Honduras
  • 1926 Tokelau (Union) islands in south Pacific transferres to New Zealand
  • 1927 B Jekhovsky discovers asteroid #1181 Lilith
  • 1927 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1111 Reinmuthia
  • 1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 1929 Mussolini ends treaties of Lateranen Concord with Pope Pius
  • 1929 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1931 L Volta discovers asteroid #1191 Alfaterna
  • 1932 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1220 Crocus
  • 1935 -11ø F (-24ø 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
  • 1941 Lt-Gen Erwin Garbage arrives in Tripoli
  • 1942 "Archie" comic book debuts
  • 1942 L Oterma discovers asteroid #2827 Vellamo
  • 1945 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, CA
  • 1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland
  • 1949 Willie Pep is 1st 126lb to regain boxing championship
  • 1950 L Boyer discovers asteroid #1598 Paloque
  • 1951 Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election on Gold coast (Ghana)
  • 1953 Pres Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg
  • 1957 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 NHL Players Association forms (NYC)
  • 1958 1st flight with black stewardess, RC Taylor, Ithaca NY
  • 1958 Marshal Tsjen Ji succeeds Tsjoe En-lai as Min of Foreign affairs
  • 1958 WTVC TV channel 9 in Chattanooga, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 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!)
  • 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 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
  • 1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Wash Bridge, Hudson River NY
  • 1968 Madison Square Garden III closes MSG IV opens
  • 1968 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, Franc
  • 1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • 1971 Montreal Candien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • 1971 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • 1973 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female freestyle swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • 1973 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • 1974 Titan-Centaur test launch fails
  • 1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership
  • 1976 Clifford Alexander Jr confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army
  • 1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • 1977 Clifford Alexander Jr is 1st Black Secretary of State, confirmed
  • 1977 Felix Aguilar Observatory discovers asteroid #3578
  • 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
  • 1979 "They are Playing our Song" opens on Broadway
  • 1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • 1980 E Bowell discovers asteroid #2542 Calpurnia
  • 1983 4th largest snowfall in NYC history (18"(46 cm))
  • 1983 E Bowell disc asteroid 2875 Lagerkvist, 3116 Goodricke & 3594 Scotti
  • 1983 N G Thomas discovers asteroid #3117 Niepce
  • 1983 T Seki discovers asteroid #3150 Tosa
  • 1984 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
  • 1984 Wayne Gretsky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • 1986 Rights activist Anatoly Scharansky released by USSR, leaves country
  • 1987 Philippines constitution goes into effect
  • 1988 Anthony M Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
  • 1989 Barbara Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcoplian)
  • 1990 40th NBA All-Star Game in Miami, East beats West 130-113
  • 1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson to win heavyweight boxing crown
  • 1990 Nelson Mandela (political prisoner-27 years) freed in South Africa
  • 1991 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations & People Org forms in Hague Neth
  • 1992 F-16 jet crashes at Hengelose (No casualities)
  • 1993 Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 secs)


Songs for date February 11


  • 02/11/43 --- Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Ink Spots)
  • 02/11/67 --- My Cup Runneth Over (Ames, Ed)
  • 02/11/78 --- Night Fever (Bee Gees)
  • 02/11/78 --- Our Love (Cole, Natalie)
  • 02/11/78 --- Jack & Jill (Parker Jr., Ray)
  • 02/11/84 --- Thriller (Jackson, Michael)
  • 02/11/84 --- Footloose (Loggins, Kenny)
  • 02/11/84 --- Automatic (Pointer Sisters)
  • 02/11/84 --- Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell)
  • 02/11/89 --- Eternal Flame (Bangles)
  • 02/11/89 --- Dreamin' (Williams, Vanessa)
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