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Daily Calendar for Tuesday, February 11, 2025

Born

  • Thomas Alva Edison (inventor) –
  • Rudolf Firkusny (pianist) –
  • Sidney Sheldon (author & producer) –
  • Leslie Nielsen (actor) –
  • Tina Louise (actress) –
  • Burt Reynolds (actor) –
  • Abby Hoffman (Canadian track and field athlete) –
  • Sheryl Crow (musician) –
  • Jennifer Aniston (actress) –
  • Kelly Slater (surfer) –
  • Brandy (singer & actress) –

Died

  • John Buchan (15th governor-general of Canada) –
  • Sylvia Plath (poet) –
  • William Conrad (actor) –
  • Neil Bonnet (car racer) –
  • Victor Posner (owned Arby’s and Royal Crown Cola) –
  • Samuel Alderson (inventor of crash test dummies used to test the safety of cars) –
  • Peter Benchley (author best known for making millions fear swimming with his novel Jawsβ€β€œ) –
  • Alexander McQueen (British fashion designer known for his unconventional designs and shock tactics) –
  • Whitney Houston (singer & actress) –
  • Alban Michael (last Nuchatlaht speaker) –
  • Vic Damone (singer) –

Events

  • Sir Francis Drake climbed tree and saw Pacific Ocean for first time, Isthmus of Panama–
  • First use of anthracite coal as a household fuel–
  • Mount Holyoke Seminary, the first U.S. college for women, chartered, in South Hadley, Massachusetts–
  • The first La-Z-Boy reclining chair was designed –
  • I Love Lucy won an Emmy for Best Situation Comedy–
  • The Beatles had their first live performance in the U.S. at the Washington, D.C. Coliseum–
  • Opening day of first Canada Winter Games, in Quebec City–
  • Glowing oval object reported hovering in Milford, Ohio–
  • Largest lobster on record at the time (44 lbs. 6 oz.) caught near Nova Scotia–
  • Barbara Harris became the first female Episcopal bishop–
  • Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa–
  • First joint U.S.-Russian space shuttle mission completed–
  • Landsat 8 satellite was launched –

Weather

  • Fort Logan, Montana, had a record low of -61 degrees F–
  • The temperature in Nebraska dipped to -47 degrees F–
  • The β€œmegalopolitan blockbuster snowstorm” dumped one to three feet of snow from Virginia to southern New England. New all-time 24-hour snowfall records were set in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Allentown recorded five inches of snow in one hour. Glen Gary, West Virginia, reported 35 inches of snow.–
  • Temperature at International Falls, Minnesota, dipped to -40 degrees F–
  • 12.5 inches of snow landed on the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area–

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