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February 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 11

February 11th is officially Make a Friend Day and Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.

Today marks day 42 of the year, we still have a long way to go though, with 323 days left of the year. But let’s look on the bright side, we’re only 3 days away from Valentine’s Day!

Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Aquarius.

This day was a particularly political day in years gone by, but there were also many discoveries and inventions. If you were born on this day you’ll love these facts and events.

Did you know that on this day in 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as US Attorney General by President Clinton? She was the first female to be appointed to that position.

Keep reading for more facts about February 11th in history!

What Happened On February 11 In History?

2016

After the collision of two black holes was detected on September 14, 2015 it was announced on this day that gravitational waves had been discovered.

OTD in 2016: After the collision of two black holes was detected on September 14
The discovery was made by researchers involved with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
1998

A charity auction in Los Angeles saw the lyrics to “Candle in the Wind” sell to the highest bidder at a staggering $442,500.

1993

Janet Reno became the first female to be appointed as US Attorney General by President Clinton.

OTD in 1993: Janet Reno became the first female to be appointed as US Attorney General by President Clinton.
1990

Nelson Mandela was released from prison after being incarcerated for 27 years in South Africa.

1978

China lifted the country’s ban on literature by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens.

1977

A 44 lb lobster was captured off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Guinness World Records say the lobster is the heaviest marine crustacean ever found.
1975

Margaret Thatcher became leader of the British Conservative Party.

She also became the first woman to lead a majority party in the UK.
1942

The comic book “Archie” was first published.

The comic came after Archie himself first appeared in a "Pep Comics" in December 1941.
1878

The Boston Bicycle club formed on this day, becoming the first cycling club in the United States.

Source NY Times
1809

Steamboat patent was granted to American engineer and inventor, Robert Fulton.

Source MSN
1543

The Holy Emperor Charles V and King Henry VIII of England became allies against France.

Did you know that on this day, February 11th 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as US Attorney General by President Clinton?