Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2010. There are 323 days left in the year. On this date in 1960, “Tonight Show” host Jack Paar stuns his audience by walking off the program in a dispute with NBC over its decision to censor an anecdote he’d quoted the night before having to do with a misunderstanding over the British term “W.C.” (short for “water closet,” or bathroom). Despite his very public resignation, Paar returned to the Tonight Show less than a month later.
In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signs a re-districting law favoring his party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.” In 1858, a French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, reports the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepts that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.) In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln departs Springfield, Ill., for Washington. In 1929, the Lateran Treaty is signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ends, 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 sign the Yalta Agreement during World War II. In 1975, Margaret Thatcher is elected leader of Britain’s opposition Conservative Party. In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran. In 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in captivity.
February 11, 1985: Palmer Whitley is installed high priest of Excelsior Chapter 39, Royal Arch Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation.
A handy man from Maine discovered the paint-splattered canvas he bought for $20 at a flea market is the work of Jackson Pollock and is valued at $30,000. An appraiser placed the painting as a 1949 work of the abstract impressionist who died in 1956.
February 11, 1970: Judge Nils P. Johnson of the 7th District Court of Appeals gives the commemorative address in Central Square marking the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington and the 167th anniversary of Ohio’s entry into the Union.
Wean United Inc. announces plans to move its corporate headquarters from Warren to Pittsburgh.
February 11, 1960: Charles Cahill, 34, a Republic Steel Corp. yardmaster and father of four children, is shot to death in his office by a fellow worker who was angry after it was reported that he was demoted.
Seventh Ward Councilman George Vukovich speaks out against a proposal by Mayor Frank R. Franko that the city income tax be increased by a mill to provide money for municipal employee raises.
February 11, 1935: William McCabe, former leader of veterans groups in Youngstown and a supporter of Locke Miller, testifies that he once saw a Republican precinct presiding judge, drunk, spill ballots “all over the floor of a speakeasy.”
A 78-year-old Warren man who suffered a heart attack or a stroke while taking a bath in the basement of the Beaver Apartments in Youngstown is found in the tub with a coating of ice. He is in the hospital.
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