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Sunday 11 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Cædmon, first recorded Christian poet in England, circa 680 CE (Anglicanism)
  • Foundation Day in Japan
  • Inventors' Day (United States)

Events

  • 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.
  • 1997 – Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1973 – Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
  • 1971 – Eighty-seven countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union, sign the Seabed Arms Control Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 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".
  • 1903 – Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna, Austria.
  • 1889 – Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first National Diet convenes in 1890.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1858 – Bernadette Soubirous's first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.
  • 1843 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata receives its first performance in Milan, Italy.
  • 1840 – Gaetano Donizetti's opera La fille du régiment receives its first performance in Paris, France.
  • 1826 – University College London is founded as University of London.
  • 1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of "gerrymandering" for the first time.
  • 1794 – First session of United States Senate opens to the public.

Births

  • 1993 – Ben McLemore, American basketball player
  • 1992 – Taylor Lautner, American actor, model and martial artist
  • 1987 – Brian Matusz, American baseball player
  • 1985 – William Beckett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Academy Is...)
  • 1984 – Aubrey O'Day, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1981 – Kelly Rowland, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress
  • 1979 – Brandy Norwood, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1977 – Mike Shinoda, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1976 – Peter Hayes, American singer and guitarist
  • 1976 – Tony Battie, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1975 – Andy Lally, American racing driver
  • 1975 – Jacque Vaughn, American basketball player and coach
  • 1974 – D'Angelo, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1974 – Isaiah Mustafa, American football player and actor
  • 1973 – Hernandez, American wrestler and promoter
  • 1969 – Jennifer Aniston, American actress and producer
  • 1968 – Mo Willems, American author and illustrator
  • 1967 – Hank Gathers, American basketball player (d. 1990)
  • 1967 – Ty Treadway, American actor and talk show host
  • 1964 – Ken Shamrock, American martial artist and wrestler
  • 1964 – Sarah Palin, American journalist and politician, 9th Governor of Alaska
  • 1962 – Sheryl Crow, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1962 – Tammy Baldwin, American lawyer and politician
  • 1961 – Carey Lowell, American model and actress
  • 1960 – Richard Mastracchio, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1956 – Catherine Hickland, American actress
  • 1956 – H.R., American punk rock singer-songwriter (Bad Brains)
  • 1954 – Wesley Strick, American director and screenwriter
  • 1953 – Jeb Bush, American banker and politician, 43rd Governor of Florida
  • 1953 – Philip Anglim, American actor
  • 1953 – Tom Veryzer, American baseball player (d. 2014)
  • 1948 – Al Johnson, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1944 – Joy Williams, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • 1944 – Mike Oxley, American lawyer and politician (d. 2016)
  • 1943 – Alan Rubin, American trumpet player (d. 2011)
  • 1943 – Stan Szelest, American keyboard player (d. 1991)
  • 1942 – Otis Clay, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016)
  • 1940 – Mick Staton, American soldier and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1939 – Gerry Goffin, American songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – Phillip Walker, American singer and guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – Burt Reynolds, American actor and director
  • 1935 – Gene Vincent, American singer and guitarist (d. 1971)
  • 1934 – Mel Carnahan, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Tina Louise, American actress and singer
  • 1930 – Roy De Forest, American painter and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1925 – Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1925 – Virginia E. Johnson, American psychologist and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Budge Patty, American tennis player
  • 1921 – Edward Seidensticker, American scholar and translator (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1920 – Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1920 – Daniel F. Galouye, American author (d. 1976)
  • 1920 – Daniel James, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 1978)
  • 1919 – Eva Gabor, Hungarian-American actress, socialite and businesswoman (d. 1995)
  • 1917 – Sidney Sheldon, American author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1915 – Richard Hamming, American mathematician and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1914 – Josh White, American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and activist (d. 1969)
  • 1914 – Matt Dennis, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1912 – Rudolf Firkušný, Czech-American pianist and educator (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1909 – Max Baer, American boxer and actor (d. 1959)
  • 1908 – Philip Dunne, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1902 – Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect, designed Aarhus City Hall and Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (d. 1971)
  • 1898 – Leo Szilard, Hungarian-American physicist and academic (d. 1964)
  • 1897 – Emil Leon Post, Polish-American mathematician and logician (d.1954)
  • 1869 – Helene Kröller-Müller, German-Dutch art collector and philanthropist, founded the Kröller-Müller Museum (d. 1939)
  • 1863 – John F. Fitzgerald, American politician; Mayor of Boston (d. 1950)
  • 1855 – Ellen Day Hale, American painter and author (d. 1940)
  • 1847 – Thomas Edison, American engineer and businessman, developed the light bulb and phonograph (d. 1931)
  • 1839 – Josiah Willard Gibbs, American physicist, mathematician, and academic (d. 1903)
  • 1833 – Melville Fuller, American lawyer and jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
  • 1812 – Alexander H. Stephens, American lawyer and politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1883)
  • 1805 – Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, American explorer (d. 1866)
  • 1802 – Lydia Maria Child, American journalist, author, and activist (d. 1880)
  • 1800 – Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and politician, invented the calotype (d. 1877)
  • 1799 – Basil Moreau, French priest, founded the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Kevin Randleman, American mixed martial artist and wrestler (b. 1971)
  • 2015 – Bob Simon, American journalist (b. 1941)
  • 2015 – Jerry Tarkanian, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Tito Canepa, Dominican-American painter (b. 1916)
  • 2013 – Jim Boatwright, American basketball player and coach (b. 1952)
  • 2012 – Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (b. 1963)
  • 2011 – Chuck Tanner, American baseball player and manager (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, founded his own eponymous brand (b. 1969)
  • 2009 – Estelle Bennett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2009 – Willem Johan Kolff, Dutch-American physician and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2008 – Frank Piasecki, American engineer (b. 1919)
  • 2008 – Tom Lantos, American lawyer and politician (b. 1928)
  • 2006 – Peter Benchley, American author and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2005 – Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2002 – Frankie Crosetti, American baseball player and coach (b. 1910)
  • 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)
  • 1993 – Robert W. Holley, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)
  • 1989 – George O'Hanlon, American actor and voice artist (b. 1912)
  • 1986 – Frank Herbert, American journalist and author (b. 1920)
  • 1985 – Henry Hathaway, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1898)
  • 1982 – Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (b. 1912)
  • 1978 – James Bryant Conant, American chemist, academic, and diplomat, 1st United States Ambassador to West Germany (b. 1893)
  • 1976 – Lee J. Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1968 – Howard Lindsay, American actor, director, producer, and playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1967 – A. J. Muste, Dutch-American minister and activist (b. 1885)
  • 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)
  • 1959 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1942 – Jamnalal Bajaj, Indian businessman and philanthropist, founded Bajaj Group (b. 1884)
  • 1940 – Ellen Day Hale, American painter and author (b. 1855)
  • 1931 – Charles Algernon Parsons, English-Irish engineer, invented the steam turbine (b. 1854)
  • 1358 – Ala-ud-Din Bahman Shah, first Bahmani Sultan of Deccan
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