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This day in history

Monday, Feb. 11, is the 42d day of 2013. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Tina Louise is 79. Actor Burt Reynolds is 77. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 72. Singer Sheryl Crow is 51. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is 49. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 44. Actor Damian Lewis is 42. Singer-actress Brandy is 34. R&B singer Kelly Rowland is 32. Singer Aubrey O’Day is 29. Actor Taylor Lautner is 21.

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In 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term ‘‘gerrymandering.’’

In 1858, a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, reported the first of 18 visions of a lady in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepted that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.)

In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement.

In 1975, Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of Britain’s opposition Conservative Party.

In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran.

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

In 2012, singer Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room.

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