TodayInHistory

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2020. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history

On Feb. 11, 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran.

On this date

In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln bade farewell to his adopted hometown of Springfield, Ill., as he headed to Washington for his inauguration.

In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.

In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement, in which Stalin agreed to declare war against Imperial Japan following Nazi Germany’s capitulation.

In 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

In 2008, the Pentagon charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.

In 2009, All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about steroids in baseball. (He was sentenced to a year’s probation.) Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who first went to Congress in 1955, became the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ten years ago

Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted in one of his heart arteries after being hospitalized in New York with chest pains.

Five years ago

Vowing that Islamic State forces were “going to lose,” President Barack Obama urged Congress to authorize military action while ruling out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

One year ago

Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so; the tweets had brought bipartisan criticism.

Today’s birthdays

Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 79.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is 67.

Singer Sheryl Crow is 58.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 56.

Actress Jennifer Aniston is 51.

Singer-actress Brandy is 41.

Actor Taylor Lautner is 28.

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