To­day In His­tory

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PUZZLES & FUNNIES -

To­day is Mon­day, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year.


› 1990: South African black ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was freed af­ter 27 years in cap­tiv­ity.


› 1531: The Church of Eng­land grudg­ingly ac­cepted King Henry VIII as its supreme head.

› 1929: The Lat­eran Treaty was signed, with Italy rec­og­niz­ing the in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty of Vat­i­can City.

› 1937: A 6-week-old sit-down strike against Gen­eral Mo­tors ended, with the com­pany agree­ing to rec­og­nize the United Au­to­mo­bile Work­ers Union.

› 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.

› 1963: Amer­i­can au­thor and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in her London flat, a sui­cide; she was 30.

› 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. (The same evening, the New York Rangers played their fi­nal game at the third Gar­den, ty­ing the Detroit Red Wings 3-3.)

› 1979: Fol­low­ers of Ay­a­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini seized power in Iran.

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

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

› 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.

› 2009: The na­tion’s top bankers went be­fore the House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, pledg­ing to build pub­lic trust with greater lend­ing and fewer perks. Rep. John Din­gell, D-Mich., who first went to Con­gress in 1955, be­came the long­est-serv­ing mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

› 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.

› 2018: Amid swirling winds, 17-year-old snow­boarder Red Ger­ard won the United States’ first gold medal of the 2018 Win­ter Olympics in South Korea, cap­tur­ing the men’s slopestyle event.


Ac­tor Conrad Ja­nis is

91. Fash­ion de­signer Mary Quant is 85. Ac­tress Tina Louise is 81. Ac­tor Philip Anglim is 67. For­mer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is 66. Ac­tress Cather­ine Hick­land is 63. Rock mu­si­cian David Uosikki­nen (The Hoot­ers) is 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. Singer-ac­tress Brandy is 40. Coun­try mu­si­cian Jon Jones (The Eli Young Band) is 39. Ac­tor Matthew Lawrence is 39. Rhythm and blues 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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