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February 11 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 11th.

Today In …

1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital opened. It is recognized as being the first hospital to open in the United States.

1808 - Coal was first burned as a source of fuel for heat.

1809 - The steamboat was patented by Robert Fulton.

1858 - Bernadette Soubirous first saw the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.

1945 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and U.S.S.R. leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement.

1990 - After being held for 27 years in a South African prison, Nelson Mandela was finally released.

1993 - Janet Reno became the first female U.S. Attorney General.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Jennifer Aniston, star of TV’s “Friends” and the movies “The Break-Up”, “Office Space” and “Friends with Money” was born in 1969.

Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and son of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, was born in 1953.

Jean Baptiste Charbonneau son of Sacajawea and Toussaint Charbonneau who was born during the Lewis & Clark Expedition was born in 1805.

Sheryl Crow the singer/songwriter behind “All I Wanna Do (Is Have Some Fun)” and “The First Cut is the Deepest” was born in 1962.

Thomas Alva Edison the famous inventor was born in 1847.

Eva Gabor the Hungarian actress who was probably best known for her work on TV’s “Green Acres” was born in 1919.

Gerry Goffin the songwriter of such hit tunes as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “The Loco-Motion”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “A Natural Woman” was born in 1939.

Catherine Hickland the actress who has appeared on daytime TV’s “Capitol” and “One Life to Live” was born in 1956.

Tina Louise, the actress who portrayed Ginger on TV’s “Gilligan’s Island” was born in 1934.

Leslie Nielsen who starred in the “Naked Gun” movies was born in 1926.

Brandy Norwood a.k.a. Brandy, singer and star of TV’s “Moesha” was born in 1979.

Manuel Noriega general and former dictator of Panama, was born in 1938.

Burt Reynolds the film star who has appeared in such movies as “Boogie Nights”, “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run” was born in 1936.

Kelly Rowland one third of the singing group Destiny’s Child was born in 1981.

Ken Shamrock wrestling and Ultimate Fighting Champion, was born in 1964.

Sidney Sheldon the writer behind such TV favorites as “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Hart to Hart” was born in 1917.

We Said Goodbye To…

Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War and folk hero passed away in 1738 at the age of 51.

Peter Benchley, author of “Jaws”, passed away in 2006 at the age of 65.

Neil Bonnett, the legendary NASCAR driver passed away in 1994 from injuries sustained in a car crash. He was 47.

Sorrell Booke who is probably best known as Boss Hogg on TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard” passed away in 1994 at the age of 64.

William Conrad the star of TV’s “Cannon”, “Jake and the Fatman” and “Nero Wolfe” passed away in 1994 at the age of 73.

Frank Herbert, the author of the “Dune” series, passed away in 1986 at the age of 65.

Sylvia Plath renowned writer of “Daddy” and “The Bell Jar” passed away in 1963 at the age of 30.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1950 - “Chattanooga Shoe Shine” by Red Foley
1978 - On The Country Charts – “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Loved” by the Gatlin Brothers
1984 - On The Country Charts – “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Merle Haggard
1989 - “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul

In Print In…

1942 - The comic book “Archie” debuted.



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