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FEBRUARY 11

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Iran: Revolution Day
(Commemoration of the founding of the Islam Republic of Iran: 02/11/1979)
1979 Iranian Revolution Islam BBC AME Info
Japan: Kigen-setsu/National Foundation Day
(Commemoration of the enthronement of Emperor Jinmu, the first Japanese emperor: 02/11/1873)
Japan U.S. Department of State
Liberia: Armed Forces Day
Liberia Excite Travel
1774 Hans Jarta (Swedish Politician Who Led Successful Coup d'etat That Overthrew Gustav IV; Helped Draft New Constitution) Swedish Political and Social Leaders
1812 Alexander Hamilton Stephens (Georgia Governor and Member of the U.S. Congress; Namesake of Stevens County, Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress University of Georgia
1833 Melville Weston Fuller (Maine-born Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Maine Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Law and Legal Resources
1840 Jonathan Wright (Pennsylvania-born Attorney; First African American Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar) Pennsylvania Political and Social leaders South Carolina Political and Social leaders Law and Legal Resources African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1888 John Warren Davis (Georgia-born African-American President of West Virginia State College) Georgia Political and Social leaders West Virginia Political and Social leaders Educators of Note African American Political and Social Leaders West Virginia State University West Virginia State Archives
1920 Farouk I (King of Egypt: 1936-1952) Egyptian Political and Social Leaders
1962 Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1503 Elizabeth of York (Mother of King Henry VIII of England) English Political and Social Leaders King Henry VIII Greenwich Guide
1882 William McRae (North Carolina-born Confederate General) North Carolina Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1918 Alexei Maximovitch Kaledin (Russian General, Suicide) Russian Military Figures World War I History Channel
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660 B.C. Traditional Founding of Japan By Emperor Jimmu Tenno Japan Ayumu
1531 Henry VIII Is Recognized as Supreme Head of the Church in England British History Henry VIII Religion St. Patrick's Episcopal
1573 Francis Drake Is the First Englishman to See Pacific Ocean (from Panamá) Great Britain Panamá Historic Firsts American Heritage
1699 In South Africa, Willem Adriaan van der Stel Succeeds His Father, Simon van der Stel, as Governor South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
1776 Georgia's English Governor Escapes from House Arrest to British Ships on the Savannah River British Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Colonial Georgia History Channel University of Georgia
1778 300 People Greet Voltaire's Return From a 28-year Self-Imposed Exile in Protest Against France's Religious Fanaticism Voltaire Religion Writer's Almanac History Channel
1858 Saint Bernadette Sees First Vision of Virgin Mary at Lourdes France Catholicism History Channel
1861 President-elect Abraham Lincoln Delivers His Farewell Address in Springfield, Illinois and Departs by Train for His Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Springfield, Illinois Washington, D.C. Abraham Lincoln Railroad Lincoln Logs History Channel
President-elect Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Indianapolis, Indiana at 5:00 p.m. Where He Speaks to 3,000 at a Reception in His Honor Indianapolis, Indiana Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1873 Emperor Jinmu, Japan's First Emperor, Is Enthroned Japan Web Japan
1903 The U.S. Congress Passes the Expedition Act Making Anti-Trust Cases a High Priority for the Federal Courts U.S. Congress President Theodore Roosevelt Economics Monopolies Law and Legal Resources Library of Congress History Channel
1916 Russian-American Rights Advocate, Emma Goldman, Is Arrested in New York City While Lecturing on Family Planning Russian Political and Social Leaders New York City Women Free Speech Library of Congress History Channel
1918 Russian General Alexei Maximovitch Kaledin Commits Suicide Russian Military Figures World War I Death History Channel
1929 Italy Signs Lateran Treaty Recognizing the Sovereignty of Vatican City Italy Catholicism European History New York Times
1942 Three German Battleships Escape the British with a Bold Dash from the French Port of Brest to Safety in German-Controlled Waters Nazi Germany Great Britain France Naval Military History World War II History Channel
1945 President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin Conclude Their Secret Meeting at the Black Sea Port of Yalta Josef Stalin Churchill FDR WWII History Channel New York Times
1956 Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, Former Members of the British Foreign Office Surface in Moscow After Being Missing for Five Years Notorious British Russia Cold War History Channel BBC
1963 Three Die When 400 Striking Canadian Loggers Attack the Camp of non-Union Workers in Northern Ontario Ontario, Canada Trees Labor Strikes Death CBC
1975 Margaret Thatcher Is the First Woman Elected Leader of the British Conservative Party Margaret Thatcher Women Historic Firsts BBC Historic UK
1979 Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seize Power, Creating Iran's Islamic Republic Iran Islam New York Times BBC
1981 Polish Prime Minister Jozef Pinkowski Replaced by Wojciech Jaruzelski Poland Television News Archive
1982 South Africa's Independent Black Unions Stage a 30-minute Work Stoppage to Protest the Tortured Death of Imprisoned White Labor Leader Neil Aggett South African Political and Social Leaders Labor Strikes Human Rights/Civil Rights South African History
1984 The Reagan Administration Announces That Cuban Aliens Will Be Granted Residency Status in the United States Cuba President Ronald Reagan Cuban Immigrants Latin-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
1985 King Hussein of Jordan & PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) Leader Yasir Arafat Sign Accord Jordan Palestine Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1987 President Aquino Declares the New Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines to be In Effect The Republic of the Philippines Country Studies
1987 U.S. Conducts an Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1990 Nelson Mandela Is Released After 27 Years in Prison South Africa Nelson Mandela Human Rights History Channel BBC African American Registry
1993 President Clinton Nominates Janet Reno to be the First Female U.S. Attorney General Florida Political & Social Leaders President Bill Clinton Women U.S. Government Historic Firsts New York Times Florida Historical Society
2011 Yielding to Public Demonstrations, Hosni Mubarak Steps Down After 30 Years as President of Egypt Egypt BBC National Public Radio

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