Events, February 11th

1808 – Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.

1847 Thomas Alva Edison , inventor and businessman was born. His inventions included the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

1929 – The Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.

1937 – General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.

1943 – General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

1957 – The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City.

1960 – Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the “Tonight Show” with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.

1963 – The Beatles recorded “Twist & Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There”.

1964 – The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Coliseum in Washington, DC. (Image:

1967 – The Monkees announced that they would be playing all the instruments on all future recordings.

1970 – The film “”The Magic Christian,” featuring Ringo Starr debuted in New York City.

1975 – Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

1990 – Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

2002 – The six stars on NBC’s “Friends” signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series

(Sources: on-this-day)

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