This day in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Fashion designer Mary Quant is 85. Actress Tina Louise is 81. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 78. Actor Philip Anglim is 67. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is 66. Singer Sheryl Crow is 57. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is 55. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 50. Singer D’Angelo is 45. Linkin Park M-C/vocalist Mike Shinoda is 42. Singer Brandy is 40.

In 1929, in a treaty, Italy recognizing the sovereignty of Vatican City.


In 1937, a six-week strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers union.

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In 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement, in which Stalin agreed to declare war against Imperial Japan following Nazi Germany’s capitulation.

In 1963, American poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in her London flat, a suicide; she was 30.

In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran.

In 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.


In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded Harry Whittington, a companion during a quail-hunting trip in Texas.

In 2008, the Pentagon charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.

In 2012, pop singer Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in a hotel room bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 2013, with a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope had done in more than half a millennium: announced his resignation. The bombshell came during a routine morning meeting of Vatican cardinals. (The 85-year-old pontiff was succeeded by Pope Francis.)

Last year, a Russian passenger plane crashed into a snowy field six minutes after taking off from Moscow, killing all 65 passengers and six crew members; investigators would blame human error, saying the pilots had received flawed air speed readings after failing to turn on a heating unit for the measurement equipment.