On this day in history 11th February

Born on this day 11th February
1466 Elizabeth of York
1800 William Henry Fox Talbot
1829 The Rev. Samuel Lodge
1872 Hannah Mitchell
1874 Fritz Hart
1891 J.W. Hearne
1908 Sir Vivian Fuchs
1909 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1912 Roy Fuller
1915 Patrick Leigh Fermor
1917 Sidney Sheldon
1921 Eva Gabor
1923 Antony Flew
1926 Leslie Neilsen
1926 Alexander Gibson
1932 Dennis Skinner
1934 Mary Quant
1934 John Surtees
1936 Burt Reynolds
1957 Mitchell Symons
1959 Deborah Meaden
1962 Sheryl Crow
1969 Jennifer Aniston
1971 Damian Lewis
1972 Steve McManaman
1982 Natalie Dormer
1991 Georgia May Foote

Died on this day
2002 Barry Foster
2002 Traudl Junge
2002 Percy Dickins


1941 The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.

1956 Elvis Presley sang ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ for the first time on US television.

1965 Ringo Starr married hairdresser Maureen Cox.

1969 The Monkees set a US record as their album ‘More of the Monkees’ jumped from No. 122 to No.1.

1973 The Rolling Stones held a concert at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, attended by more than 30,000 people.

1978 The Brotherhood of Man reached the top of the UK singles chart with ‘Figaro’.


1988 The Nottingham Forest board refused manager Brian Clough permission to become the part-time manager of the Welsh national team.

1990 During a world championship fight in Tokyo, James ‘Buster’ Douglas picked himself up after being floored by reigning world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in the eighth round, to knock Tyson out two rounds later in one of boxing history’s most surprising results.

1992 Mike Tyson was found guilty of the rape of 18-year old beauty queen Desiree Washington.

People & Showbiz

1531 Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

1975 At the age of 49, Margaret Thatcher became the first woman leader of a British political party, beating William Whitelaw 146 votes to 79 in a poll for Tory leadership.

1990 ANC leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison after his 27-year prisonment.

1994 Singer Luciano Pavarotti announced the cancellation of his concert at Sheffield Arena after sales of the 12,000 seats were disappointing.

1996 The first episode of ‘Ballykissangel’ was broadcast by the BBC

General Events

1826 University College London is founded under the name University of London.

1991 British Rail set itself a target of a nil accident rate on the national rail network according to a railway safety plan.

1993 Deny Harris gave birth to a 4lb 7oz baby girl which had developed outside her womb at Birmingham Maternity Hospital. Doctors claimed the chances of the baby surviving had been one in 100,000.

1995 Railtrack was preparing to offer voluntary redundancy to up to 15% of its 12,000 staff.

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