February 11

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



1752 – The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.

1808 – Judge Jesse Fell tried burning anthracite coal to heat his home. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.

1827 – A meteor exploded in a fireball over the Grand River, in Grand Rapids, MI. Trader Louis Campau told the Indians it was a sign announcing the coming of the Europeans.

1937 – A sit-down strike ended when General Motors recognized the United Automobile Workers Union.

1941 – The first gold record was presented for the song “The Chattanooga Choo Choo” by the Glen Miller Orchestra and Dorothy Dandridge.

1957 – The National Hockey League Players Association was formed in New York, NY.

1958 – Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black woman to become a stewardess.

1960 – Jack Paar walked off the “Tonight Show” with four minutes of the live show remaining as a protest against censors deleting a four minute joke from the show the night before.

1964 – The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Coliseum in Washington, DC.

1968 – The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York, NY. This was the fourth Garden.

1979 – The TV movie “Elvis,” with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

1982 – ABC’s presentation of television series “The Winds of War” concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.

1984 – The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.

1986 – The single “Superbowl Shuffle” by the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew was certified gold.

1989 – Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

1990 – In Tokyo, Japan, James “Buster” Douglas (a 42-1 underdog) knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the undisputed Heavyweight boxing title.

1993 – Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by President Bill Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.

1997 – The Space Shuttle Discovery was launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

2000 – The Space Shuttle Endeavor took off on a mission to gather information for the most detailed map of the Earth ever made.

2002 – The six stars on NBC’s television show “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the series ninth and final season.

2006 – In Texas, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.

2013 – Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy, the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium.

2020 – The World Health Organization officially named the coronavirus outbreak as COVID-19, with the virus being designated SARS-CoV-2.



Tina Louise – 90 years old (1934) – Actress (TV’s “Gilligan’s Island”)

Sergio Mendes – 83 years old (1941) – Musician

Phillip Anglim – 72 years old (1952) – Actor (TV’s “The Elephant Man”, “The Thorn Birds”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)

Jeb Bush – 71 years old (1953) – Politician

Catherine Hickland – 68 years old (1956) – Actress (“The Last Married Couple in America”, “Ghost Town”, “Witchery”, TV’s “One Life to Live”)

Carey Lowell – 63 years old (1961) – Actress (TV’s “Law and Order”)

Sheryl Crow – 62 years old (1962) – Singer

Sarah Palin – 60 years old (1964) – Politician, TV personality (TV’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, “Amazing America”)

Jennifer Aniston – 55 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “Friends”, movies “We’re the Millers”, “The Bounty Hunter”, “Horrible Bosses” and its sequel, “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Marley & Me”, “The Break-Up”, “Rumor Has It”, “Bruce Almighty”, “The Good Girl”, “Rock Star”, “Office Space”, “She’s the One”)

Damian Lewis – 53 years old (1971) – Actor (TV’s “Band of Brothers”, “Billions”, “Homeland”, “Life”, “The Forsyte Saga”, movies “Dreamcatcher”, “The Escapist”)

D’Angelo – 50 years old (1974) – Musician

Brice Beckham – 48 years old (1976) – Actor (Played Wesley T. Owens on TV’s “Mr. Belvedere”, “I Hate My 30’s”)

Brandy Norwood – 45 years old (1979) – Singer, actress (TV’s “Moesha”, “Cinderella”, “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, “America’s Got Talent”, “Dancing With the Stars: Season 11”, movie “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”)

Matthew Lawrence – 44 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Boy Meets World”, “Girl Meets World”, “Brotherly Love”, movies “Cheats”, “The Hot Chick”, “The Comebacks”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”)

Kelly Rowland – 43 years old (1981) – Singer (Destiny’s Child)

Taylor Lautner – 32 years old (1992) – Actor (“Twilight”, “New Moon”, “Abduction”, “Valentine’s Day”). Born in Grand Rapids, MI.



International Day of Women and Girls in Science

National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

National Foundation Day

National Get Out Your Guitar Day

National Inventors’ Day

National Latte Day

National Make a Friend Day

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Pork Rind Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day

National White Shirt Day

Satisfied Staying Single Day

Super Chicken Wing Day

Super Bowl Sunday

World Day of the Sick


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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