TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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TO­DAY IS MON­DAY, FEB. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT IN HIS­TORY:

On this date in 1990, South African black ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was freed af­ter 27 years in cap­tiv­ity. In 1531, the Church of Eng­land grudg­ingly ac­cepted King Henry VIII as its supreme head. In 1929, the Lat­eran Treaty was signed, with Italy rec­og­niz­ing the in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty of Vat­i­can City.

In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against Gen­eral Mo­tors ended with the com­pany agree­ing to rec­og­nize the United Au­to­mo­bile Work­ers Union.

In 1945, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agree­ment, in which Stalin agreed to de­clare war against Im­pe­rial Ja­pan fol­low­ing Nazi Ger­many’s ca­pit­u­la­tion. In 1963, Amer­i­can au­thor and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in her London flat, a sui­cide; she was 30.

In 1968, New York City’s fourth and cur­rent Madi­son Square Gar­den, lo­cated on Man­hat­tan’s West Side at the site of what used to be the Penn­syl­va­nia Sta­tion build­ing, opened with a “Salute to the USO” hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. That evening, the New York Rangers played their fi­nal game at the third Gar­den, ty­ing the Detroit Red Wings 3-3. In 1979, fol­low­ers of Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini seized power in Iran.

In 1986, Soviet dis­si­dent Natan Sha­ran­sky was re­leased by the Soviet Union af­ter nine years of cap­tiv­ity as part of an East-West pris­oner ex­change.

In 2006, Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney ac­ci­den­tally shot and wounded Harry Whit­ting­ton, a com­pan­ion dur­ing a week­end quail-hunt­ing trip in Texas.

In 2008, the Pen­tagon charged Khalid Sheikh Mo­hammed and five other de­tainees at Guan­tanamo Bay with mur­der and war crimes in con­nec­tion with the Sept. 11 at­tacks.

In 2012, pop singer Whit­ney Hous­ton, 48, was found dead in a ho­tel room bath­tub in Bev­erly Hills, Calif.

In 2013, with a few words in Latin, Pope Bene­dict XVI did what no pope had done in more than half a mil­len­nium: an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion. The bomb­shell came dur­ing a rou­tine morn­ing meet­ing of Vat­i­can car­di­nals. The 85-year-old pon­tiff was suc­ceeded by Pope Fran­cis.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS:

Ac­tor Con­rad Ja­nis is 91. Fash­ion de­signer Mary Quant is 85. Ac­tress Tina Louise is 81. Ban­dleader Ser­gio Men­des is 78. Ac­tor Philip Anglim is 67. For­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is 66. Ac­tress Cather­ine Hick­land and rock mu­si­cian David Uosikki­nen (The Hoot­ers) are 63. Ac­tress Carey Low­ell is 58. Singer Sh­eryl Crow is 57. For­mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 55. Ac­tress Jen­nifer Anis­ton is 50. Ac­tor Damian Lewis is 48. Ac­tress Marisa Petroro is 47. Singer D’An­gelo is 45. Ac­tor Brice Beck­ham is 43. Rock M-C/vo­cal­ist Mike Shin­oda (Linkin Park) is 42. Singer­ac­tress Brandy is 40. Coun­try mu­si­cian Jon Jones (The Eli Young Band) and ac­tor Matthew Lawrence are 39. Rhythm-and­blues singer Kelly Row­land is 38. Ac­tress Natalie Dormer is 37. Singer Aubrey O’Day is 35. Ac­tress Q’ori­anka Kilcher is 29. Ac­tor Tay­lor Laut­ner is 27.

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