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This Day In History: Feb. 11

Today is the 42nd day of 2008 and the 52nd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin concluded their meeting in Yalta. In 1962, writer Sylvia Plath committed suicide in London. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after over 27 years behind bars. In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a friend while hunting quail.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Edison (1847-1931), inventor; Leslie Nielsen (1926- ), actor, is 82; Mary Quant (1934- ), fashion designer and creator of the miniskirt, is 74; Burt Reynolds (1936- ), actor, is 72; Sheryl Crow (1962- ), singer, is 46; Jennifer Aniston (1969- ), actress, is 39; Kelly Rowland (1981- ), singer, is 27.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1949, Willie Pep regained the featherweight boxing title by defeating Sandy Saddler.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The miniskirt enables young ladies to run faster, and because of it, they may have to." - John Lindsay, mayor of New York City

TODAY'S FACT: During his imprisonment, Nelson Mandela was allowed to receive one letter every six months and one visitor for 30 minutes every year.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 14,678 - number of unintentional deaths caused by firearms in the U.S. in 2006.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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