11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 11th February

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history.

1. 1847 - Inventor Thomas Alva Edison is born

2. 1858 - Bernadette Soubirous claims to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes

3. 1929 - The Lateran Treaty is signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City

4. 1964 - Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is born

5. 1969 - Jennifer Aniston is born

6. 1970 - Japan becomes the fourth country to put a satellite into orbit

7. 1975 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party

8. 1976 - Figure skater John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold in the sport - and the country's first medal at the winter games for 12 years

9. 1990 - Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela is freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years

10. 1994 - Prince premiers his song The Most Beautiful Girl in the World on the 1994 Miss USA Pageant

11. 2012 - Pop star Whitney Houston dies at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, the night before the annual Grammy Awards

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