Today in History, Feb. 11: Nelson Mandela Freed

Highlights of this day in history: South Africa frees Nelson Mandela; Allied leaders in the last months of World War II sign the Yalta accords; Ayatollah Khomeini's followers seize power in Iran; inventor Thomas Edison born. (Feb. 11)


  • 1531 Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England following the schism with Rome
  • 1858 First vision of the Virgin Mary to 14-year-old Bernadette of Lourdes, France
  • 1929 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party
  • 1990 Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa
  • 2011 Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.


  • 1934 Tina Louise, American actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Gene Vincent, Norfolk Va, rock guitarist/vocalist (Be-Bop-A-Lula)
  • 1936 Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
  • 1938 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1938 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, singer-songwriter (Monster Mash)
  • 1938 Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1939 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1939 Gerry Goffin, American rock lyricist (married Carole King), born in Queens NY, (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Jane [Hyatt] Yolen, US, sci-fi author (Spider Jane, Heart's Blood)
  • 1941 Glenn Randall Jr, stuntman (Species, Mrs Soffel, Return of the Jedi)
  • 1941 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1942 Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
  • 1954 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • 1956 Kathleen Beller, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched), born in Queens, New York
  • 1956 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1962 Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 1964 Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
  • 1964 Sarah Palin, American politician
  • 1965 Angie Ridgeway, Wabash IN, LPGA golfer (1992 Sara Lee-8th)
  • 1965 Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • 1966 Alexander Semak, Ufa Russia, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • 1966 Anthony Parker, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams, TB Bucs)
  • 1967 John Patterson, US baseball infielder (SF Giants)
  • 1969 Shannon Long, Gladstone Australia, playmate (Oct, 1988)
  • 1970 Alistair Brown, cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996)
  • 1971 Linda Wild, Arlington Heights Ill, tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open)
  • 1971 Damian Lewis, British actor
  • 1972 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag)
  • 1972 Steve Mcmanaman, English footballer
  • 1972 Kelly Slater, American surfer
  • 1973 Tom Tumulty, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1975 Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)
  • 1976 Brice Beckham, actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1976 Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1979 Brandy [Norwood], singer (Les Miserables, Moisha)
  • 1980 Matthew Lawrence, Montgomery Pa, actor (Matthew-Gimme a Break)
  • 1980 Natasha Bobo, actress (Sally in Together We Stand), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1980 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 1980 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1980 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
  • 1981 Kelly Rowland, American singe
  • 1984 Aubrey O'Day, American singer
  • 1985 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 William Beckett, lead singer of the American rock band The Academy Is...
  • 1990 Princess Ayah of Jordan
  • 1990 Q'orianka Kilcher, actress and activist (The New World)
  • 1992 Taylor Lautner, American actor
  • 1992 Blair Dunlop, English actor
  • 1994 Dominic Janes, American actor.


  • 1994 William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1996 Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet, commits suicide at 65
  • 1996 Bob Shaw, Irish science fiction writer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1996 Cyril Poole, cricket (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), dies
  • 1996 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • 1996 Phil Regan, actor (Las Vegas Night, Dames, Housewife), dies at 88
  • 1997 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • 2006 Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • 2009 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • 2009 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • 2010 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • 2011 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • 2011 Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2013 Rick Huxley, English guitarist, dies at 72

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