Today's Holidays for February 11
Japan Founder's Day Celebrating Emperor Jimmu taking the throne in 660 B.C.
Today's History Trivia for February 11
2006 Cheney's Got A Gun U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney accidentally shoots his hunting partner while on a quail hunting trip in Texas. The victim, Harry Whittington, later apologized stating, "My family and I are deeply sorry for everything Vice President Cheney and his family have had to deal with." Cheney has yet to apologize to his victim, stating he didn't need to apologize. Whittington Apology
1938 First TV Science Fiction BBC airs a 35-minute adaptation of the play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play, famous for introducing the word "robot" into the science fiction lexicon. See R.U.R.
2001 Anna Kournikova Computer Worm Dutch programmer, Jan de Wit, releases the computer email worm. When Windows users attempted to open a picture of the tennis star Anna Kournikova, it launches a viral Visual Basic Script that forwards itself to everybody in the victim's Microsoft Outlook address book.
1993 First woman U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is nominated by Pres. Bill Clinton. She was confirmed in March.
1990 Nelson Mandela The civil-rights leader is released from a South African prison after serving 27½ years.
1990 First Soviet commercial satellite mission is launched. Its purpose was to use zero-gravity to produce industrial crystals for a profit.
1970 First satellite launched by Japan With the launch of the Ōsumi satellite, Japan becomes the fourth nation after the USSR, United States and France to release an artificial satellite into successful orbit on its own.
1960 Jack Paar The Tonight Show host bids farewell to his audience. He was upset after a water closet joke, told the night before, had been censored. He returned a month later.
1929 Vatican City becomes the world's smallest country, with the signing of the Lateran Treaty. This 108.7 acres of land in Rome would be ruled by the Pope.
1836 First U.S. women's college Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, South Hadley, Massachusetts, is chartered. It admitted its first class in 1838.
Today's Birthdays for February 11
1847 Thomas Alva Edison d. 1931 American inventor of the microphone (1876), the first practical phonograph (1877), the first practical incandescent light (1879), and motion pictures (1891). He was one of the first to apply the principles of large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
1976 Brice Beckham American actor. TV: Mr. Belvedere (Wesley).
1969 Jennifer Aniston American Emmy-winning actress who popularized the hairstyle, "The Jennifer." Her salary on Friends reached $1,000,000 per episode. TV: Friends (1994-2004, Rachel the waitress). Film: Office Space (1999, Joanna the waitress), Bruce Almighty (2003), and Along Came Polly (2004, Polly the waitress).
1961 Carey Lowell actress. Film: License to Kill (CIA agent Pam Bouvier).
1941 Sergio Mendes Brazilian bossa nova musician.
1938 Bobby "Boris" Pickett d. 2007 American singer. Music: Monster Mash (1962, #1, "It was a graveyard smash!").
1936 Burt Reynolds American actor. Film: The Longest Yard (1974) and Smokey and the Bandit (1977). TV: Evening Shade (Wood Newton). He was featured as a nude male centerfold in the April, 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
1934 Tina Louise (Tina Blacker), American actress. TV: Gilligan's Island (Ginger).
1926 Leslie Nielsen d. 2010 Canadian-born actor. Film: Forbidden Planet (1956), Airplane! (1980), and The Naked Gun (1988, Lt. Frank Drebin).
1925 Virginia Eshelman Johnson d. 2013 American psychologist, author of Human Sexual Response (1966). She and her husband formed the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team.
1919 Eva Gabor d. 1995 Hungarian actress. TV: Green Acres (Lisa Douglas). Married five times, she once stated, "Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once."
1917 Sidney Sheldon d. 2007 American Oscar-Tony-winning author, screenwriter. He is the seventh best-selling fiction writer of all time, having sold over 300 million books. Film: The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947, Oscar). TV: The Patty Duke Show (1963-66, creator) and I Dream of Jeannie (1965-70, creator).
1909 Joseph L. Mankiewicz d. 1993 American Oscar-winning screenwriter, director. Film: A Letter to Three Wives (1949, Oscar) and All About Eve (1950, Oscar). He coined the phrases "my little chickadee" for W.C. Fields and "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night!" for Bette Davis.
1900 Tommy Hitchcock Jr d. 1944 American polo player, the greatest in the history of the sport. He received a 10-goal rating (the highest possible) for 18 of the 19 seasons he played (1922-40). He was killed in an air crash during World War II.
1863 Jimmy Ryan d. 1923 (James Edward Ryan), American baseball player. He was the first major-league baseball player to punch a sports writer (George Bechel, 1892). Ryan is the only major league player to pitch and hit for the cycle (one batter hitting a single, a double, a triple, and a home run) in the same game (1888).
1850 Albert Woolson d. 1956 American Civil War soldier. He was last surviving member of the Union Army. He served as a drummer (1865-66).
1802 Lydia Maria Francis Child d. 1880 American abolitionist, published the National Anti-Slavery Standard (1840-44).
1535 Gregory XIV d. 1591 (Niccolò Sfondrato), religious leader, 229th Pope (1590-91).
Deaths for February 11
2012 Whitney Houston b. 1963 American singer. According to Guinness World Records she is the most awarded female act of all time. Music: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987) and Where Do Broken Hearts Go (1988, her 7th consecutive #1 American hit).
2006 Peter Bradford Benchley b. 1940 American author, journalist, Jaws (1974).
2000 Roger Vadim b. 1928 (Roger Vadim Plemiannikov), French director. Film: And God Created Woman (1956, which featured his young bride, Brigitte Bardot, in the nude) and Barbarella (1968).
1994 William Conrad b. 1920 American actor. Radio: Gunsmoke (Matt Dillon). TV: The Fugitive (narrator), The Bullwinkle Show (narrator), Cannon (title role), and Jake and the Fatman (the Fatman).
1994 Sorrell Booke b. 1930 American actor. TV: Dukes of Hazzard (Boss Hogg).
1986 Frank Patrick Herbert b. 1920 American science-fiction author. Writings: Dune (1965).
1976 Lee J. Cobb b. 1911 American actor. TV: The Virginian (Judge Garth). He is famous for his portrayal of Willy Loman in stage and TV productions of Death of a Salesman.
1948 Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein b. 1898 Russian film director, one of the greatest directors of his time. He developed the montage style of editing.
1931 Sir Charles Parsons b. 1854 British engineer, invented the modern steam turbine (1884), making turbines practical. In 1897, he built a turbine-powered ship capable 34½ knots.
1868 Jean Bernard Léon Foucault b. 1819 French physicist, one of the first to measure the speed of light (1850), demonstrated the rotation of the Earth with a pendulum (1851), and invented the gyroscope (1852).
1650 Rene Descartes b. 1596 French scientist, philosopher, "Father of Modern Philosophy." He is remembered for his famous proposition "I think, therefore I am."
824 Saint Paschal I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 98th Pope (817-824).
731 Saint Gregory II b. ???? Italian religious leader, 89th Pope (715-731).