Today in History: February 11

Today in History: February 11

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0660

Traditional founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu Tenno.

1531

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

1805

Sixteen-year-old Sacajawea, the Shoshoni guide for Lewis & Clark, gives birth to a son, with Meriwether Lewis serving as midwife.

1809

Robert Fulton patents the steamboat.

1815

News of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, finally reaches the United States.

1858

14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a French miller's daughter, claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.

1903

Congress passes the Expedition Act, giving antitrust cases priority in the courts.

1904

President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims strict neutrality for the United States in the Russo-Japanese War.

1910

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Eleanor Alexander announce their wedding date--June 20, 1910.

1926

The Mexican government nationalizes all church property.

1936

The Reich arrests 150 Catholic youth leaders in Berlin.

1939

The Negrin government returns to Madrid, Spain.

1942

The German battleships Gneisenau, Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen begin their famed channel dash from the French port of Brest. Their journey takes them through the English Channel on their way back to Germany.

1945

The meeting of President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Marshal Joseph Stalin in Yalta, adjourns.

1951

U.N. forces push north across the 38th parallel for the second time in the Korean War.

1953

Walt Disney's film Peter Pan premieres.

1954

A 75,000-watt light bulb is lit at the Rockefeller Center in New York, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Thomas Edison's first light bulb.

1955

Nationalist Chinese complete the evacuation of the Tachen Islands.

1959

Iran turns down Soviet aid in favor of a U.S. proposal for aid.

1962

Poet and novelist Sylvia Plath commits suicide in London at age 30.

1964

Cambodian Prince Sihanouk blames the United States for a South Vietnamese air raid on a village in his country.

1965

President Lyndon Johnson orders air strikes against targets in North Vietnam, in retaliation for guerrilla attacks on the American military in South Vietnam.

1966

Vice President Hubert Humphrey begins a tour of Vietnam.

1974

Communist-led rebels shower artillery fire into a crowded area of Phnom Pehn, killing 139 and injuring 46 others.

1975

Mrs. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to lead the British Conservative Party.

1990

South African political leader Nelson Mandela is released from prison in Paarl, South Africa, after serving more than 27 years of a life sentence.