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February 11

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
 
1998A federal judge rules that golfer Casey Martin, who suffers from a circulatory condition making it hard to walk, is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the ADA, Martin will be allowed to use a golf cart when he competes in PGA tournaments.
 
1995The space shuttle Discovery touches down at Cape Canaveral, Florida, ending a mission that included docking with the Russian Mir space station.
 
1993Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan announces that he will be retiring after the 1993 season.
 
1993Janet Reno is named by president Bill Clinton as the first woman to hold the position of US attorney general.
 
1990South African activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in prison.
 
1990Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson loses the title when he is knocked out in the tenth round in a fight with Buster Douglas in Tokyo.
 
1979Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran.
 
1970Japan joins the space race, by launching a satellite into earth orbit.
 
1965The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox in London.
 
1945L-R: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Josef StalinUS president Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Russian leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement during WWII.

Seated L-R: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Josef Stalin
(photo credit: Harry S. Truman Library)


 

1937The General Motors Corporation formally recognizes the United Automobile Workers union, ending a sit-down strike against the auto maker.
 
1929The independence and sovereignty of Vatican City is recognized by Italy, with the signing of the Lateran Treaty.
 
1812Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a law that redistricts the state to the advantage of his party, causing opponents to coin the term gerrymandering.
 
1752  Ben Franklin helps establish the Pennsylvania Hospital -- the first hospital in the US.
 

Born today:

1980  Matthew Lawrence - actor

1979  Brandy - singer, actress

1969  Jennifer Aniston - actress (Friends)

1962  Sheryl Crow - singer

1951  Mike Leavitt - Utah governor

1942  Otis Clay - R&B singer

1941  Sergio Mendes - bandleader

1940  Bobby Boris Pickett - singer (The Monster Mash)

1939  Gerry Goffin - songwriter

1936  Burt Reynolds - actor

1935  Gene Vincent - singer (Be Bop A Lula)

1934  Tina Louise - actress (Gilligan's Island)

1926  Eva Gabor - actress; sister of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor

1926  Leslie Nielsen - actor

1917  Sidney Sheldon - author

1909  Joseph Mankiewicz - playwright, director

1908  Philip Dunne - director, playwright (Screen Writers Guild founder)

1908  Josh White - blues/folk guitarist, singer

1889  John Mills - guitarist, singer (The Mills Brothers)

1847  Thomas Edison - inventor

 

Born today? Your sign of the Zodiac is:
Aquarius   Aquarius    

(The Water Bearer)

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