Maybe it's a " getting older" thing?

Whatever the reason, history and historic moments have become more interesting, more important to me lately.

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This Day In History

So what's so special about today, February 11th?

Quite a few things actually, across a wide swath of Americana.

Two of television's favorite females were born on this day.  The stunning Tina Louise who brought the glitz & glamour to Gilligan's Island was born on 2-11-34 and 35 years later, the forever fresh and relatable Jennifer Anniston, star of Friends was born. Jenn is 53, Tina is lighting lots of candles at 88. Speaking of light...

Tina Louise
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The light that was the music of the incredible Whitney Houston tragically went out on this day 10 years ago.   Singer, Actress Whitney Houston (48) was found dead in her hotel room bathtub on this day in 2012.  For all her riches and success, the unhappy Houston was found to have accidentally drowned, due to the effects of chronic cocaine use and heart disease.

Super Bowl 56 is set for this Sunday.  31 years ago,  the artist selected to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl 25 was Whitney Houston and nobody has ever done it better.

The Day In Political History

February 11th has seen the advancement of Islamic extremism, the payoff of political persistence, and the long-overdue recognition of the accomplishment of women.

  • 1979, followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah and seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country after 15 years in exile.
  • 1990, South African Black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison.
  • 1993, President Bill Clinton announced Miami prosecutor Janet Reno as his choice to be the nation's first female attorney general.

Even The Unbeatable Is Defeated

Even Sports saw the unlikeliest of underdogs win the title when in 1990, Buster Douglas scored one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, knocking out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to win the heavyweight championship at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
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What will you do with your February 11th?  Will you make history today?  Good Luck!

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