This day in history

Tuesday, Feb. 11, is the 42d day of 2014. There are 323 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Tina Louise is 80. Actor Burt Reynolds is 78. Actress Carey Lowell is 53. Singer Sheryl Crow is 52. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is 50. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 45. Actor Damian Lewis is 43. Singer-actress Brandy is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland is 33. Actor Taylor Lautner is 22.

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


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

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In 1963, American author and poet Sylvia Plath was found dead in her London flat, a suicide; she was 30.

In 1964, the Beatles performed their first American concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

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

In 1989, Reverend Barbara C. Harris became the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, in a ceremony held in Boston.


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 hotel room in Beverly Hills.