On this day February 11 on this day in history, 2012, the world bid farewell to music icon Whitney Houston. The singer and actress, died at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Houston was found “underwater and unconscious” in the bathtub of her hotel room. Prescription drugs were found nearby, and bottles of champagne and beer were in the adjacent room.
National Make a Friend Day – Today is the perfect opportunity to begin a new friendship and while you are at it, do something nice for an old friend today as well.
Satisfied Staying Single Day – With Valentine’s Day around the corner, some singles wish to let the whole world know they’re fabulous by thmeselves and are totally satisfied flying solo.
1990 – South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
1951 – Kwame Nkrumah wins 1st parliamentary election in the Gold Coast (Ghana)
1858 – A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes. Her parents were very poor and she was the first of nine children.
1971- Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria. Civil rights leader Whitney Young Jr., head of the National Urban League, was at the forefront of racial integration and African-American economic empowerment. Young died on March 11, 1971, at the age of 49, while attending a conference in Lagos, Nigeria. He is believed to have drowned while swimming at a beach.
2002 – The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.
1975 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.
1963 – UK. The Beatles record their first album Please Please Me at the Abbey Road Studios which is released on 22 March which helped to create the phenomenon known as Beatlemania.
1916 –U.S.A. Jailed for Advocating Birth Control 11th February, 1916 : Emma Goldman who worked as a nurse and midwife among the poor in New York is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control.
2013 – United States Same-Sex Military Couples to Get Benefits. The Pentagon announced that the US Military would extend some of the same family benefits heterosexual couples get to same-sex couples.
2015 – Tiger Woods announces that he will be taking a hiatus from golf in order to recover from a recent injury and work on improving his game back to peak levels; Woods did not specify an expected return date to the game.
1961 February 11 and 12: People of the Northern and Southern Cameroon went to the polls to decide on joining independent Nigeria or the French territory of Cameroon.