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To­day’s high­light:

On Feb. 11, 1990, South African black ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was freed af­ter 27 years in cap­tiv­ity.

On this date:

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

1937: A six-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.

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. 2012: Pop singer Whit­ney Houston, 48, was found dead in a ho­tel room bath­tub in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia.

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. Ten years ago: The na­tion’s top bankers went be­fore the House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, pledg­ing to build pub­lic trust with greater lend­ing and fewer perks. All-Star short­stop Miguel Te­jada pleaded guilty to ly­ing to Congress about steroids in base­ball. He was sen­tenced to a year’s pro­ba­tion. Rep. John Din­gell, D-Mich., who first went to Congress in 1955, be­came the long­est-serv­ing mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Five years ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, dur­ing a joint White House news con­fer­ence with French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, vowed to come down like “a ton of bricks” on busi­nesses that vi­o­lated Ira­nian sanc­tions while nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions were un­der way, and con­ceded “enor­mous frus­tra­tion” with stalled Syr­ian peace talks. At the Sochi Games, Ca­rina Vogt of Ger­many won women’s ski jump­ing’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.

One year ago: A Rus­sian pas­sen­ger plane crashed into a snowy field six min­utes af­ter tak­ing off from Moscow, killing all 65 pas­sen­gers and six crew mem­bers; in­ves­ti­ga­tors would blame hu­man er­ror, say­ing the pi­lots had re­ceived flawed air speed readings af­ter fail­ing to turn on a heat­ing unit for the mea­sure­ment equip­ment. 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. Singer Vic Da­mone, who pos­sessed what Frank Si­na­tra once called “the best pipes in the busi­ness,” died in Florida at the age of 89.

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