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11 Feb, 1963 - 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.
11 Feb, 1916 - 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.
11 Feb, 1920 - U.S.A. Flu Epidemic
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1929 - Italy Vatican City
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1932 - U.S.A. Waldo Frank
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1932 - Japanese Bomb US Marines
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1937 - U.S.A. Flood
11th February, 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).
11 Feb, 1937 - US Auto Workers Strike
11th February, 1937 : A sit down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
11 Feb, 1945 - 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.
11 Feb, 1952 - Austria Avalanches
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.
11 Feb, 1956 - Soviet Union Burgess and Maclean
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1961 - Israel Adolf Eichmann
11th February, 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
11 Feb, 1970 - Japan 4th Space Power
11th February, 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).
11 Feb, 1975 - UK Margaret Thatcher
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1976 - UK John Curry
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 1979 - Iran Khomeini
11th February, 1979 : Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control of Iran as the Islamic Revolution reached its climax.
11 Feb, 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.
11 Feb, 1990 - Nelson Mandela Released
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 2002 - Palestine Israel Attack
11th February, 2002 : Israel attacked Palestinian security headquarters in Gaza City in response to unprecedented Palestinian rocket fire and a shooting attack on Israeli civilians.
11 Feb, 2006 - 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.
11 Feb, 2006 - U.S.A. Blizzard
11th February, 2006 : What has become known as the Blizzard of 2006
started on the evening of February 11th. 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).
11 Feb, 2007 - Iran Accused of Supplying E.F.P's to Iraq
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 2007 - G7 Wants China to Control Currency
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 2008 - Europe Space Lab Columbus
11th February, 2008 : Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, has docked with the International Space Station, the Columbus was delivered to the Space Station by the US space shuttle Atlantis.
11 Feb, 2008 - Six Al-Qaeda Charged
11th February, 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.'
11 Feb, 2008 - F.B.I. Arrest Chinese Spies
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 2010 -EU Blocks US Monitoring 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.
11 Feb, 2010 - US Tests Airborne Laser Weapon
11th February, 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.
11 Feb, 2010 - European Union Greek Bail Out Talks
11th February, 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 ).
11 Feb, 2011 - 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.
11 Feb, 2012 - 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.
11 Feb, 2013 - Same-Sex Military Couples to Get Benefits
11th February, 2013 : The Pentagon has announced that the US Military would extend some of the same family benefits heterosexual couples get to same-sex couples.
11 Feb, 2014 - 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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Manuel Noriega 11th February 1934
Known For :
Manuel Noriega was the former self proclaimed military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989. Like many before and many since his rise to power was supported in earlier years by the United States with the Central Intelligence Agency with the nickname of "rent-a-colonel". But in 1989 following his voiding the Panama Presidential Elections ( Claiming "foreign interference" ) the U.S. first imposed economic sanctions and on 20th December 1989 The United States launched an invasion of Panama. Noriega was captured and detained as a prisoner of war, and later taken to the United States. In 1922
he was convicted under federal charges of cocaine trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering in Miami, Florida and Sentenced he is serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami, Florida.
Burton Leon Reynolds, 11th February 1936 Lansing, Michigan, United States
Known For :
American Actor who has been in the Entertainment Business for four decades and has been in more than 90 movies including The Dukes of Hazzard, The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Smokey and The Bandit. Acting was his second choice of career forced on him when he tore the cartilage in his knee early in his College Football Career as an all-star halfback. Following the end of his Football Career he won Florida State Drama Award which included a scholarship to the Hyde Park Playhouse which started him on his way in acting.