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History Lesson

DayBird Historical Events of February 11

By Geoffrey Anjou [ Thu Feb 11 2010 2:01 PM ]

55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.

1531 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

1916 – Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.

1938 – BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot".

1953 – President Dwight Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.

1990 – Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa.

2006 – Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney accidentally shoots Harry Whittington in the face, neck, and upper torso while hunting quail.