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 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 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. (The same 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.

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