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The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / NATION -

To­day is Mon­day, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year. To­day’s High­light in His­tory: on Feb. 11, 1990, South African black ac­tivist Nel­son Man­dela was freed af­ter 27 years in cap­tiv­ity. on this date: in 1531, the Church of Eng­land grudg­ingly ac­cepted King Henry Viii as its supreme head.

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

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

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

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