660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
1752 – The first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital, opened.
1808 – As an experiment, anthracite coal was burned as a fuel by Judge Jesse Fell in Pennsylvania.
1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry gerrymandered for the first time.
1858 – Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes, France. In 1933, she was canonized as St. Bernadette by the Roman Catholic Church.
1928 – The La-Z-Boy reclining chair was invented by Ed Shoemaker.
1929 – The Vatican was officially independent from Italy with the Lateran Treaty.
1939 – Nature published a theoretical paper on nuclear fission by Lise Meitner and Otto Fritsch.
1940 – NBC radio debuted The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street.
1963 – The French Chef, starring Julia Child debuted on WGBH in Boston, MA.
1979 – They’re Playing Our Song (Broadway Musical) Opened on February 11, 1979 and Closed: September 6, 1981
1989 – Rev. Barbara Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.
1989 – # 1 Hit February 11, 1989 – March 3, 1989: Paula Abdul – Straight Up
1990 – Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years
1990 – Buster Douglas (40 to 1 odds against him winning) defeated Mike Tyson, to become the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
1994 – # 1 Hit February 12, 1994 – March 11, 1994: Céline Dion – The Power Of Love
1994 – The ‘rBGH’ genetically engineered growth hormone for cows goes on sale to dairy farmers under the name Posilac, made by Monsanto. It was the first time altered genes were allowed into live animals.
2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his friend Harry Whittington while the two were hunting together.
2011 – # 1 Hit February 19, 2011 – February 25, 2011: Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow
2012 – Singer Whitney Houston died in a hotel bathtub, the result of accidental drowning. Heart disease and cocaine, which was found in her system, were determined to be contributing factors.