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Monday, February 11, 2013

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February 11 in history:

  • 1752, Directory:Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, opens
  • 1794, first session of United States Senate open to the public
  • 1809, Robert Fulton patents the steamboat
  • 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his party --- giving rise to the term "gerrymandering"
  • 1814, Norway's independence is proclaimed, marking the ultimate end of the Kalmar Union
  • 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Illinois, for Washington
  • 1929, Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty
  • 1937, a sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union
  • 1938, BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot"
  • 1941, first Gold Record is presented to Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
  • 1943, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe
  • 1953, the Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel
  • 1971, 87 countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters
  • 1973, Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place
  • 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes
  • 1979, Islamic revolution of Iran achieves victory under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
  • 1986, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was released by the Soviet Union after nine years of captivity as part of an East-West prisoner exchange
  • 1990, Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is freed from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the 28th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, vowed Iran would not give up uranium enrichment