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On This Day: February 11 - The New York Times

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On This Day: February 11

Updated February 11, 2014, 11:53 am

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On Feb. 11, 1945, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II.
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On Feb. 11, 1847, Thomas Alva Edison, the prolific inventor whose more than 1,000 patents included the light bulb and the gramophone, was born. Following his death on Oct. 18, 1931, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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1847Inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. 1858A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes. 1929Italy recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. 1937A sit-down strike against General Motors ended with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union. 1945President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin wrapped up a conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe. 1963American author and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in London, a suicide; she was 30. 1975Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of opposition Conservative Party. 1979Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile. 1990South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. 2008The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. 2009Democrat John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 53 years of service. 2009President Robert Mugabe swore in longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai as Zimbabwe's prime minister. 2012Singer Whitney Houston was found dead in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 48. (Her death was later ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.)

Historic Birthdays

Thomas Alva Edison 2/11/1847 - 10/18/1931 American inventor holding 1,093 patents.Go to obituary » 99Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle 2/11/1657 - 1/9/1757
French scientist and man of letters 73Hans Jarta 2/11/1774 - 4/6/1847
Swedish political activist/administrator/publicist 77William Henry Fox Talbot 2/11/1800 - 9/17/1877
English chemist/pioneer photographer 52Otto Ludwig 2/11/1813 - 2/25/1865
German novelist/playwright/critic 44Thomas, Jr. Hitchcock 2/11/1900 - 4/19/1944
American polo player 69Arne Jacobsen 2/11/1902 - 3/24/1971
Danish architect/designer 50Max Baer 2/11/1909 - 11/21/1959
American boxer 45Farouk I 2/11/1920 - 3/18/1965
King of Egypt,1936-1952 76Eva Gabor 2/11/1919 - 7/4/1995
Hungarian actress/pianist