February 11th
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1963 UK The Beatles Please Please Me Recorded 11th February, 1963 : The Beatles record their first album Please Please Me at the Abbey Road Studios which is released on 22 March which helped to create the phenomenon known as Beatlemania. Each one of The Beatles received seven pounds and ten shillings (£7.50) session fee for each three hour session making a total £30.00 as full payment for the recording session of 9 hours and 45 minutes

1916 U.S.A. Jailed for Advocating Birth Control 11th February, 1916 : Emma Goldman who worked as a nurse and midwife among the poor in New York who was also a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines.

1920 U.S.A. Flu Epidemic Wednesday, Feb. 11th, 1920 : Medical advancements were being made in regards to dealing with flu epidemics. However, precaution still needed to be taken at this time-as is still true even today. For instance, it was suggested that a person who has the flu (influenza) to stay in bed at least three days after feeling “well.” Likewise, people were told to cover their faces when coughing or sneezing. For medical staff taking care of people infected with the flu, it was recommended that they use handkerchiefs to catch catarrhal discharge. These handkerchiefs should then be placed in water and boiled. Either that or small cloths which are burn-able after use for collecting patient discharge. Medical staff should also be careful to wash their hands thoroughly after taking care of a sick patient. Likewise, other people should avoid any direct contact with infected persons until those persons recover.

1929 Italy Vatican City Feb. 11th, 1929 : The Lateran Treaty is signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. The agreements included a political treaty which created the state of the Vatican City and guaranteed full and independent sovereignty to the Holy See.

1932 U.S.A. Waldo Frank Feb. 11th, 1932 : A novelist by the name of Waldo Frank announced that a Congressional Investigation of alleged terrorism would be demanded as of this day. Frank belonged to an association of New York writers who were subjected to comply with a certain terrorist group at Pineville, Kentucky. Waldo Frank had arrived in Kentucky early in the morning with Allen Taub, another novelist. At this time they were beaten by a mob and then were taken to the Tennessee state line. Frank and Taub were in the process of making an effort to supply striking miners with food. They were beaten so bad that Frank had to be bed-ridden. One of the two men (the writers) had suffered a broken nose.

1932 China Japanese Bomb US Marines Feb. 11th, 1932 : Japanese troops were reported to have bombed 19 U.S. Marines. Afterwards, the Japanese had apologized for it, as the bombing was meant to target the Chinese and not the Americans. The Japanese were attempting to dismantle Chinese troops that were stationed along the Markham road sector when they decided to bomb a mill where the U.S. Marines were killed. Not only did the Marines get killed, but four Chinese women and one man (non-combatant) were killed and 3,000 others had escaped, screaming on the way out.

1937 U.S.A. Flood Feb. 11th, 1937 : A flood had caused damage in nine states. As a result, 460 lives were killed, and 1,610,000 people were left homeless. Aside from the extensive damage to humans and property, the cost of rebuilding was expected to be in the billions of dollars (at least one billion dollars worth of damage reported).

1937 U.S.A. Auto Workers Strike Feb. 11th, 1937 : A sit down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.

1945 U.S.A. Yalta Agreement 11th February, 1945 : President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement laying down rules for control of Germany after the war is ended including the occupation by the three Allies, each of a separate zone, also for reparations in kind to be paid by Germany for damages

1952 Austria Avalanches Monday, 11th February, 1952 : A series of deadly deadly avalanches begin in Europe following a 10-day snowstorm. The worst affected was Austria where an avalanche crashed down on the ski resort in Melkoede. Twenty people, almost all German tourists, were killed at the resort and another 10 were seriously injured.

1956 Soviet Union Burgess and Maclean Feb. 11th, 1956 : Two former members of the British Foreign Office who had disappeared from England in 1951, Burgess and Maclean amid rumors that they were spies for the Soviet Union appear in Moscow confirming suspicians may well have been correct

1961 Israel Adolf Eichmann Feb. 11th, 1961 : Adolf Eichmann ( a high-ranking Nazi and SS Obersturmbannfuhrer during World War II) was indicted today on 15 criminal charges in Jerusalem, Israel. He was convicted in December of 1961 and hanged in Jerusalem on June 1st, 1962.

1970 Japan Japan 4th Space Power Feb. 11th, 1970 : Japan launches Oshumi, its first satellite, and it had made a complete revolution around the earth. This achievement made Japan the worlds “fourth space power”, after the Soviet Union (1957), the United States (1958), and France (1965).

1975 UK Margaret Thatcher Feb. 11th, 1975 : The British Conservative Party has chosen it's first women leader, Margaret Thatcher and will be the first woman to head any British political party .

1976 UK John Curry Feb. 11th, 1976 : Figure skater John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold in figure skating and the country's first medal at the winter games for 12 years.

1979 Iran Khomeini Feb. 11th, 1979 : Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control of Iran as the Islamic Revolution reached its climax.

1987 UK Cynthia Payne 11th February, 1987 : Cynthia Payne is acquitted of nine charges of controlling prostitutes at her home in south west London. But is still to be prosecuted for keeping a brothel.

1990 South Africa Nelson Mandela Released Feb. 11th, 1990 : Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years. He was the person who had lead the movement to end South African apartheid back in the mid-1940s. Mandela was a lawyer who had joined the African National Congress (ANC), which was the oldest black political organization in South Africa. For this organization, he had served as the leader of the Johannesburg youth ANC chapter, and then later he became ANC deputy national president. During his time as the president of ANC he advocated non-violence and resisted apartheid (South Africa’s system of white supremacy and segregation of races). He had changed his tune in 1960, however, when he lead a revolt against the white minority government-after the massacre of peaceful black demonstrators had taken place.

2002 Palestine Israel Attack Feb. 11th, 2002 : Israel attacked Palestinian security headquarters in Gaza City in response to unprecedented Palestinian rocket fire and a shooting attack on Israeli civilians.

2006 U.S.A. Dick Cheney 11th February, 2006 : Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a Harry Whittington who is in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit by several pellets of birdshot, during a weekend quail-hunting trip in Texas.

2006 U.S.A. Blizzard of 2006 Feb. 11th, 2006 : What has become known as the Blizzard of 2006 started on the evening of February 11th, 2006. Heavy snow fell across the northeastern United States from Virginia to Maine through to the evening of February 12th. Its last falls were in eastern Canada on February 13th. Cities from Baltimore to Boston received at least a foot of snow, and 26.9 inches was recorded in New York City. This was the heaviest snow recorded since about 1869 (when records began).

2007 Iraq Iranians are accused of supplying E.F.P's to Iraq Feb. 11th, 2007 : The U.S. military has accused the Iranian government of supplying increasingly sophisticated roadside bombs to Iraqi insurgents. At an intelligence briefing in Bagdad a display of the weapons captured in Iraq showed that they had Iranian markings on them. The name for this a type of bomb is an E.F.P. or Explosively Formed Penetrator. The Pentagon has estimated that 'more than 170 Americans killed in action and more than 600 wounded' by these weapons.

2007 Germany The G7 want China to control its currency Feb. 11th, 2007 : Finance ministers and bankers from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations have renewed pressure on China to relax its controls over its currency. They've said that Beijing needs to increase its efforts to improve the Yuan's exchange rate flexibility. The G7 ministers were meeting in Germany.

2008 Space Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, 11th February, 2008 : Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, has docked with the International Space Station, the Columbas was delivered to the Space Station by the US space shuttle Atlantis.

2008 United States Six of the al-Qaeda interns are charged Feb. 11th, 2008 : The Pentagon has announced the charges against six of the Guantánamo Bay prisoners over their involvement in the September 11th, 2001 attacks in the U.S. Prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for the six, who include the plot mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The charges, which are the first to accuse the Guantánamo inmates of direct involvement in 9/11, are expected to be heard in a military tribunal. Brigadier-General Thomas Hartmann, a legal adviser to the head of the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions, has said that the charges were made against a 'long-term, highly sophisticated plan by al-Qaeda to attack the U.S.'

2008 United States The F.B.I. arrest Chinese spies Feb. 11th, 2008 : The F.B.I have arrested four people for passing defense information to China. A former Boeing engineer is said to have given them details on the space shuttle and other programs, and two men and a woman are accused of handing over Defense Department documents about Taiwan. A Justice Department spokesman has said that the cases are serious breaches of national security. Investigators say these people are partners in an espionage network, and accused of transferring classified military information from a U.S. Defense Department weapons expert to a Chinese government official.

2010 European Union E.U. is blocking U.S. moves to monitor its bank transactions 11th February, 2010 : The European Parliament has blocked an agreement that allows the United States to monitor Europeans bank transactions. This has angered Washington. The U.S. has called the decision a 'setback for E.U.-U.S. counter-terror co-operation.' The vote is seen as a rebuff to the intensive U.S. lobbying for E.U. help in its counter-terrorism investigations.

2010 United States The United States has tested an airborne laser weapon Feb. 11th, 2010 : The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has said that an American high-powered airborne laser weapon has shot down a ballistic missile in the first successful test of a futuristic directed energy weapon. The agency went on to say that the test took place at 8:44 p.m. PST at Point Mugu's Naval Air Warfare Center in central California. 'The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (A.L.T.B.) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile.' The high-powered Airborne Laser system has been developed by Boeing Co., (BA.N) the prime contractor, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

2010 European Union Greek Bail Out Talks Feb. 11th, 2010 : Meetings by European Leaders have started talks on how to bail out the Greek Economy which has the highest budget deficit and government debt to GDP ratio in the European Union. ( In April Greece formally requested the EU/IMF bailout package of $61 billion agreed earlier in February)

Egypt   2011 Egypt Egypt’s President Resigns After Protests 11th February, 2011 :  After being in power for thirty years, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt resigns. Mubarak had refused to step down earlier as protesters demanded his removal after weeks of anti-government sentiment. The army was given power after Mubarak’s resignation and was called upon to facilitate the transition into civil government.  

United States 2012 United States Superstar Singer Whitney Houston Dies 11th February, 2012 : Mega-star and singer Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 in a Los Angeles hotel the night before the Grammy Awards. Plagued by substance abuse in her later life, Houston had become one of the most popular and celebrated singers in her early career.

United States
2013 United States Same-Sex Military Couples to Get Benefits

Feb. 11th, 2013 : The Pentagon has announced that the US Military would extend some of the same family benefits heterosexual couples get to same-sex couples.

United States
2014 United States Death Penalty Suspended in Washington State

11th February, 2014 : Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of the state of Washington has suspended the death penalty. Inslee stated the reason for his decision was that he believed that the death penalty had been used unfairly and in an inconsistent manner and that he would grant reprieve to any cases that called for it.

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