Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today in History: Thursday, February 11, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 11, 2011, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned in the face of massive protests after three decades of authoritarian rule.
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On this date in:
1847Inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio.
1858A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.
1929Italy recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1937A sit-down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
1945President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin wrapped up a conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe.
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1963American author and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in London, a suicide; she was 30.
1975Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of opposition Conservative Party.
1979Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile.
Audio LinkAP correspondent Tom Kent reports from Tehran
1990South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
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2008The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.
2009Democrat John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 53 years of service.
2009President Robert Mugabe swore in longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe's prime minister.
2012Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48. (Her death was later ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Jennifer Aniston turns 47 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Conrad JanisActor ("Mork and Mindy")88
Burt ReynoldsActor80
Tina LouiseActress ("Gilligan's Island")78
Sergio MendesBandleader75
Jeb BushFormer governor of Florida, brother of former President George W. Bush63
Carey LowellActress ("Law and Order")55
Tammy BaldwinU.S. senator, D-Wis.54
Sheryl CrowRock singer, musician54
Sarah PalinFormer governor of Alaska52
BrandyR&B singer, actress37
Matthew LawrenceActor36
Kelly RowlandR&B singer (Destiny's Child)35
Taylor LautnerActor ("Twilight" movies)24
Actor Damian Lewis ("Homeland") turns 45 years old today.
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