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  • What happened on February 11
  • February 11 is the 42nd day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of the year (324 in leap years).

 

  • Events on February 11
  • 660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
  • AD 55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
  • 244 – Emperor Gordian III is murdered by mutinous soldiers in Zaitha (Mesopotamia). A mound is raised at Carchemish in his memory.
  • 1177 – John de Courcy’s army defeats the native Dunleavey Clan in Ulster. The English establish themselves in Ulster.
  • 1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1626 – Emperor Susenyos I of Ethiopia and Patriarch Afonso Mendes declare the primacy of the Roman See over the Ethiopian Church, and Catholicism to be the state religion of Ethiopia.
  • 1659 – The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
  • 1790 – The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for the abolition of slavery.
  • 1794 – First session of United States Senate opens to the public.
  • 1808 – Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of “gerrymandering” for the first time.
  • 1823 – Carnival tragedy of 1823: About 110 boys are killed during a stampede at the Convent of the Minori Osservanti in Valletta, Malta.
  • 1826 – University College London is founded as University of London.
  • 1840 – Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La fille du régiment receives its first performance in Paris, France.
  • 1843 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata receives its first performance in Milan, Italy.
  • 1855 – Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1856 – The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta.
  • 1858 – Bernadette Soubirous’s first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1873 – King Amadeo I of Spain abdicates.
  • 1889 – Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first National Diet convenes in 1890.
  • 1903 – Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1906 – Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer Nos.
  • 1919 – Friedrich Ebert (SPD), is elected President of Germany.
  • 1929 – Kingdom of Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 1937 – A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers.
  • 1938 – BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1939 – A Lockheed P-38 Lightning flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
  • 1942 –World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1943 – World War II: General Dwight D. Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • 1953 – U.S.President Dwight D. Eisenhower denies all appeals for clemency for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
  • 1953 – The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1959 – The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1964 – Greeks and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • 1971 – Eighty-seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, sign the Seabed Arms Control Treaty outlawing nuclear weaponson the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 1973 – Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
  • 1978 – Censorship: China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • 1979 – The Iranian Revolution establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1981 – Around 100,000 US gallons (380 m3) of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating eight workers.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1990 – Buster Douglas, a 42:1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds at Tokyo to win boxing’s world Heavyweight title.
  • 1997 – Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 2001 – A Dutch programmer launched the Anna Kournikova virus infecting millions of emails via a trick photo of the tennis star.
  • 2006 – Then U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney shot Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old Texas attorney, while participating in a quail hunt on a ranch in Riviera, Texas.
  • 2008 – Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.
  • 2011 – The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 2013 – The Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI would resign the papacy on 28 February 2013, as a result of his advanced age.
  • 2014 – A military transport plane crashes in a mountainous area of Oum El Bouaghi Province in eastern Algeria, killing 77 people.
  • 2015 – A university student was murdered as she resisted an attempted rape in Turkey, sparking nationwide protests and public outcry against harassment andviolence against women.
  • 2016 – A man shoots six people dead at an education center in Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

  • Births on February 11
  • 1261 – Otto III, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1312)
  • 1380 – Poggio Bracciolini, Italian scholar and translator (d. 1459)
  • 1466 – Elizabeth of York (d. 1503)
  • 1535 – Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
  • 1568 – Honoré d’Urfé, French author and playwright (d. 1625)
  • 1649 – William Carstares, Scottish minister and academic (d. 1715)
  • 1657 – Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, French poet and playwright (d. 1757)
  • 1708 – Egidio Duni, Italian composer (d. 1775)
  • 1755 – Albert Christoph Dies, German composer and painter (d. 1822)
  • 1764 – Joseph Chénier, French poet and playwright (d. 1811)
  • 1776 – Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek politician, 1st Governor of Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1796 – Giovanni Pacini, Italian composer and educator (d. 1867)
  • 1799 – Basil Moreau, French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)
  • 1800 – Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and politician, invented the calotype (d. 1877)
  • 1802 – Lydia Maria Child, American journalist, author, and activist (d. 1880)
  • 1805 – Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, American explorer (d. 1866)
  • 1812 – Alexander H. Stephens, American lawyer and politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1883)
  • 1813 – Otto Ludwig, German author, playwright, and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1821 – Auguste Mariette, French archaeologist and scholar (d. 1881)
  • 1830 – Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, Prussian pianist and composer (d. 1913)
  • 1833 – Melville Fuller, American lawyer and jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
  • 1839 – Josiah Willard Gibbs, American physicist, mathematician, and academic (d. 1903)
  • 1845 – Ahmet Tevfik Pasha, Ottoman soldier and politician, 272nd Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1847 – Thomas Edison, American engineer and businessman, developed the light bulb and phonograph (d. 1931)
  • 1855 – Ellen Day Hale, American painter and author (d. 1940)
  • 1860 – Rachilde, French author and playwright (d. 1953)
  • 1863 – John F. Fitzgerald, American politician; Mayor of Boston (d. 1950)
  • 1869 – Helene Kröller-Müller, German-Dutch art collector and philanthropist, founded the Kröller-Müller Museum (d. 1939)
  • 1869 – Else Lasker-Schüler, German poet and author (d. 1945)
  • 1874 – Elsa Beskow, Swedish author and illustrator (d. 1953)
  • 1881 – Carlo Carrà, Italian painter (d. 1966)
  • 1891 – J. W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1897 – Emil Leon Post, Polish-American mathematician and logician (d.1954)
  • 1898 – Leo Szilard, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (d. 1964)
  • 1900 – Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher and scholar (d. 2002)
  • 1900 – Jōsei Toda, Japanese educator and activist (d. 1958)
  • 1902 – Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect, designed Aarhus City Hall and Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (d. 1971)
  • 1904 – Keith Holyoake, New Zealand farmer and politician, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • 1908 – Philip Dunne, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1908 – Vivian Fuchs, English geologist and explorer (d. 1999)
  • 1909 – Max Baer, American boxer and actor (d. 1959)
  • 1909 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1912 – Rudolf Firkušný, Czech-American pianist and educator (d. 1994)
  • 1914 – Matt Dennis, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1914 – Josh White, American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and activist (d. 1969)
  • 1915 – Patrick Leigh Fermor, English soldier, author, and scholar (d. 2011)
  • 1915 – Richard Hamming, American mathematician and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1917 – Sidney Sheldon, American author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1919 – Eva Gabor, Hungarian-American actress, socialite and businesswoman (d. 1995)
  • 1920 – Farouk of Egypt (d. 1965)
  • 1920 – Daniel F. Galouye, American author (d. 1976)
  • 1920 – Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1920 – Dorothea Krook-Gilead, Latvian-South African author and translator (d. 1989)
  • 1920 – Daniel James, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 1978)
  • 1921 – Lloyd Bentsen, American colonel and politician, 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Edward Seidensticker, American scholar and translator (d. 2007)
  • 1923 – Antony Flew, English philosopher and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1924 – Budge Patty, American tennis player
  • 1925 – Virginia E. Johnson, American psychologist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1925 – Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Paul Bocuse, French chef
  • 1926 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1927 – Sinclair Stevens, Canadian businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • 1928 – Ivan Hutchinson, Australian film critic and author (d. 1995)
  • 1930 – Roy De Forest, American painter and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Dennis Skinner, English miner and politician
  • 1934 – Mel Carnahan, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Tina Louise, American actress and singer
  • 1934 – Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and politician, Military Leader of Panama
  • 1934 – Mary Quant, British fashion designer
  • 1934 – John Surtees, English motorcycle racer and race car driver
  • 1934 – David Taylor, English veterinarian and television host (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Gene Vincent, American singer and guitarist (d. 1971)
  • 1936 – Burt Reynolds, American actor and director
  • 1937 – Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer and sportscaster
  • 1937 – Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1937 – Phillip Walker, American singer and guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1938 – Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1939 – Gerry Goffin, American songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Mick Staton, American soldier and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Sérgio Mendes, Brazilian pianist and composer
  • 1942 – Otis Clay, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1943 – Joselito, Spanish singer and actor
  • 1943 – Serge Lama, French singer-songwriter
  • 1943 – Alan Rubin, American trumpet player (d. 2011)
  • 1943 – Stan Szelest, American keyboard player (d. 1991)
  • 1944 – Mike Oxley, American lawyer and politician (d. 2016)
  • 1944 – Joy Williams, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • 1945 – Burhan Ghalioun, Syrian academic and politician
  • 1946 – Pierre Curzi, Canadian actor, screenwriter, and politician
  • 1946 – Ian Porterfield, Scottish-English footballer and manager (d. 2007)
  • 1947 – Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese engineer and politician, 60th Prime Minister of Japan
  • 1947 – Johnny Manahan, Filipino actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1947 – Derek Shulman, Scottish singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1948 – Al Johnson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1948 – Yoshihito, Prince Katsura of Japan (d. 2014)
  • 1953 – Philip Anglim, American actor
  • 1953 – Jeb Bush, American banker and politician, 43rd Governor of Florida
  • 1953 – Tom Veryzer, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1954 – Wesley Strick, American director and screenwriter
  • 1955 – Warren Boland, Australian rugby league player and sportscaster
  • 1956 – Catherine Hickland, American actress
  • 1956 – Didier Lockwood, French violinist (Magma)
  • 1956 – H.R., American punk rock singer-songwriter (Bad Brains)
  • 1957 – Tina Ambani, Indian actress
  • 1957 – Peter Klashorst, Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer
  • 1957 – Mitchell Symons, English author and journalist
  • 1959 – Deborah Meaden, English businesswoman
  • 1959 – Roberto Moreno, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1959 – Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, Iranian educator and politician, Iranian Minister of Health
  • 1960 – Momus, Scottish-Japanese author, journalist, and songwriter
  • 1960 – Richard Mastracchio, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1961 – Carey Lowell, American model and actress
  • 1962 – Tammy Baldwin, American lawyer and politician
  • 1962 – Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1962 – Bestia Salvaje, Mexican wrestler (d. 2008)
  • 1963 – José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer and manager
  • 1964 – Adrian Hasler, Liechtensteiner police officer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Liechtenstein
  • 1964 – Sarah Palin, American journalist and politician, 9th Governor of Alaska
  • 1964 – Ken Shamrock, American martial artist and wrestler
  • 1965 – Vicki Wilson, Australian netball player and coach
  • 1966 – Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, French comedian, actor, and activist
  • 1967 – Hank Gathers, American basketball player (d. 1990)
  • 1967 – Paul McLoone, Irish singer, former radio producer, radio presenter, and voice actor
  • 1967 – Ty Treadway, American actor and talk show host
  • 1968 – Mo Willems, American author and illustrator
  • 1969 – Jennifer Aniston, American actress and producer
  • 1969 – Andreas Hilfiker, Swiss footballer
  • 1969 – John Salako, Nigerian-English footballer, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish guitarist and songwriter
  • 1971 – Damian Lewis, English actor
  • 1972 – Steve McManaman, English footballer
  • 1972 – Bernd Meier, German footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1973 – Hernandez, American wrestler and promoter
  • 1973 – Varg Vikernes, Norwegian guitarist and songwriter
  • 1974 – D’Angelo, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1974 – Nick Barmby, English footballer and manager
  • 1974 – Isaiah Mustafa, American football player and actor
  • 1974 – Jaroslav Špaček, Czech ice hockey player and coach
  • 1974 – Zain Verjee, Kenyan-Canadian journalist
  • 1975 – Andy Lally, American racing driver
  • 1975 – Callum Thorp, Australian cricketer
  • 1975 – Jacque Vaughn, American basketball player and coach
  • 1976 – Tony Battie, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1976 – Peter Hayes, American singer and guitarist
  • 1977 – Ioannis Okkas, Cypriot footballer and manager
  • 1977 – Mike Shinoda, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1979 – Brandy Norwood, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1982 – Natalie Dormer, English actress
  • 1982 – Ľubomíra Kalinová, Slovak biathlete
  • 1983 – Rafael van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1984 – Maarten Heisen, Dutch sprinter
  • 1984 – Marco Marcato, Italian cyclist
  • 1984 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1984 – Maxime Talbot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 – William Beckett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Academy Is…)
  • 1985 – Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Abu Omar al-Shishani, Georgian commander (d. 2016)
  • 1986 – Robin Hawkins, Welsh singer and bass player
  • 1986 – Kees Luyckx, Dutch footballer
  • 1987 – Ebba Busch Thor, Swedish politician
  • 1987 – Brian Matusz, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Jan Smeekens, Dutch speed skater
  • 1987 – Ellen van Dijk, Dutch cyclist
  • 1988 – Vlad Moldoveanu, Romanian basketball player
  • 1988 – Alwyn Uytingco, Filipino actor
  • 1989 – Alexander Büttner, Dutch footballer
  • 1990 – Javier Aquino, Mexican footballer
  • 1991 – Hwang Chansung, South Korean singer-songwriter
  • 1991 – Georgia May Foote, English actress
  • 1991 – Nikola Mirotic, Spanish basketball player
  • 1993 – Ben McLemore, American basketball player
  • 1993 – Saana Saarteinen, Finnish tennis player
  • 1995 – Yang Zhaoxuan, Chinese tennis player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on February 11
  • AD 55 – Britannicus, Roman son of Claudius (b. 41)
  • 244 – Gordian III, Roman emperor (b. 225)
  • 641 – Heraclius, Byzantine emperor (b. 575)
  • 731 – Pope Gregory II (b. 669)
  • 806 – Emperor Shunzong of Tang (b. 761)
  • 824 – Pope Paschal I
  • 1127 – William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1071)
  • 1141 – Hugh of Saint Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1160 – Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
  • 1324 – Karl von Trier, Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
  • 1358 – Ala-ud-Din Bahman Shah, first Bahmani Sultan of Deccan
  • 1503 – Elizabeth of York (b. 1466)
  • 1626 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician and astronomer (b. 1552)
  • 1650 – René Descartes, French mathematician and philosopher (b. 1596)
  • 1755 – Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist, playwright, and critic (b. 1675)
  • 1763 – William Shenstone, English poet and gardener (b. 1714)
  • 1795 – Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (b. 1740)
  • 1829 – Alexander Griboyedov, Russian poet, playwright, and composer (b. 1795)
  • 1862 – Elizabeth Siddal, English poet and model (b. 1829)
  • 1868 – Léon Foucault, French physicist and academic (b. 1819)
  • 1901 – Milan I of Serbia (b. 1855)
  • 1917 – Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician and epidemiologist (b. 1872)
  • 1918 – Alexey Kaledin, Russian general (b. 1861)
  • 1923 – Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician and academic (b. 1847)
  • 1931 – Charles Algernon Parsons, English-Irish engineer, invented the steam turbine (b. 1854)
  • 1935 – Germanos Karavangelis, Greek-Austrian metropolitan (b. 1866)
  • 1940 – John Buchan, Scottish-Canadian historian and politician, 15th Governor General of Canada (b. 1875)
  • 1940 – Ellen Day Hale, American painter and author (b. 1855)
  • 1942 – Jamnalal Bajaj, Indian businessman and philanthropist, founded Bajaj Group (b. 1884)
  • 1942 – Ugo Pasquale Mifsud, Maltese politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1889)
  • 1947 – Martin Klein, Estonian wrestler and coach (b. 1884)
  • 1948 – Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director and screenwriter (b. 1898)
  • 1958 – Ernest Jones, Welsh neurologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1959 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1963 – John Olof Dahlgren, Swedish-American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • 1963 – Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1932)
  • 1967 – Trần Tử Bình, Vietnamese general and diplomat (b. 1907)
  • 1967 – A. J. Muste, Dutch-American minister and activist (b. 1885)
  • 1968 – Howard Lindsay, American actor, director, producer, and playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1968 – Deendayal Upadhyaya, Indian journalist, economist, and politician (b. 1916)
  • 1973 – J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1975 – Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy colonel and politician, President of Madagascar (b. 1931)
  • 1976 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1976 – Alexander Lippisch, German pilot and engineer (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian lawyer and politician, 5th President of India (b. 1905)
  • 1977 – Louis Beel, Dutch academic and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)
  • 1978 – James Bryant Conant, American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (b. 1893)
  • 1978 – Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist, essayist, and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1982 – Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (b. 1912)
  • 1985 – Henry Hathaway, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1898)
  • 1985 – C. Suntharalingam, Sri Lankan academic, lawyer, and politician (b. 1895)
  • 1986 – Frank Herbert, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
  • 1986 – Evelio Javier, Filipino lawyer and politician (b. 1942)
  • 1989 – George O’Hanlon, American actor and voice artist (b. 1912)
  • 1993 – Kamal Amrohi, Indian director and screenwriter (b. 1918)
  • 1993 – Robert W. Holley, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
  • 1994 – Neil Bonnett, American race car driver and sportscaster (b. 1946)
  • 1994 – Sorrell Booke, American lieutenant, actor, and director (b. 1930)
  • 1994 – William Conrad, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1920)
  • 1994 – Paul Feyerabend, Austrian-Swiss philosopher and academic (b. 1924)
  • 1994 – Nicole Germain, Canadian actress and journalist (b. 1917)
  • 1996 – Kebby Musokotwane, Zambian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)
  • 1996 – Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet and author (b. 1930)
  • 2000 – Lord Kitchner, Trinidadian singer (b. 1922)
  • 2000 – Roger Vadim, French director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1928)
  • 2002 – Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 2002 – Barry Foster, English actor (b. 1931)
  • 2004 – Shirley Strickland, Australian runner and coach (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2006 – Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Ken Fletcher, Australian tennis player (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Jackie Pallo, English wrestler and actor (b. 1926)
  • 2008 – Tom Lantos, American lawyer and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2008 – Frank Piasecki, American engineer (b. 1919)
  • 2009 – Estelle Bennett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2009 – Willem Johan Kolff, Dutch-American physician and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2010 – Heward Grafftey, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, founded his own eponymous brand (b. 1969)
  • 2011 – Chuck Tanner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Siri Bjerke, Norwegian politician, Norwegian Minister of the Environment (b. 1958)
  • 2012 – Aharon Davidi, Israeli general (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2013 – Tom Aspell, New Zealand-American journalist and producer (b. 1950)
  • 2013 – Jim Boatwright, American basketball player and coach (b. 1952)
  • 2013 – Rick Huxley, English bass player (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – D. Vinayachandran, Indian poet and educator (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Alice Babs, Swedish singer and actress (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Tito Canepa, Dominican-American painter (b. 1916)
  • 2014 – Fernando González Pacheco, Spanish-Colombian journalist and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Anne Cuneo, Swiss journalist and author (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Roger Hanin, Algeria-born French actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Bob Simon, American journalist (b. 1941)
  • 2015 – Jerry Tarkanian, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – Kevin Randleman, American mixed martial artist and wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 2016 – Zeng Xuelin, Thai-Chinese footballer and manager (b. 1929)
  • 2017 – Fab Melo, Brazilian basketball player (b. 1990)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on February 11
  • Christian feast day:
    • Benedict of Aniane
    • Blaise
    • Cædmon, first recorded Christian poet in England, circa 680 CE (Anglicanism)
    • Fanny Crosby (Episcopal Church (USA))
    • Gobnait
    • Gregory II
    • February 11 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • 112 day (European Union)
  • Armed Forces Day (Liberia)
  • Day of Revenue Service (Azerbaijan)
  • Evelio Javier Day (Panay Island, the Philippines)
  • Feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic Church), and its related observance:
    • World Day of the Sick (Roman Catholic Church)
  • Inventors’ Day (United States)
  • National Foundation Day (Japan)
  • Youth Day (Cameroon)
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