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February 12 - Deaths

Calendar Date February 12th:
February 12th - Deaths:
1538 – Albrecht Altdorfer - German painter
1554 – Lord Guilford Dudley - consort of Lady Jane Grey (b. 1536)
1554 – Lady Jane Grey - claimant to the English throne (b. 1537)
1571 – Nicholas Throckmorton - English diplomat & politician (b. 1515)
1590 – François Hotman - French lawyer & writer (b. 1524)
1595 – Archduke Ernest of Austria - Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1553)
1612 – Christopher Clavius - German astronomer (b. 1538)
1624 – George Heriot - Scottish goldsmith & philanthropist (b. 1563)
1630 – Fynes Moryson - English traveler & writer (b. 1566)
1700 – Aleksei Shein - Russian general & statesman (b. 1662)
1724 – Elkanah Settle - English writer (b. 1648)
1728 – Agostino Steffani - Italian diplomat & composer (b. 1653)
1762 – Laurent Belissen - French composer (b. 1693)
1763 – Pierre de Marivaux - French writer (b. 1688)
1771 – King Adolf Frederick of Sweden (b. 1710)
1789 – Ethan Allen - American patriot (b. 1738)
1799 – Lazzaro Spallanzani - Italian biologist (b. 1729)
1804 – Immanuel Kant - German philosopher (b. 1724)
1834 – Friedrich Schleiermacher - German philosopher (b. 1768)
1894 – Hans von Bülow - German pianist & composer (b. 1830)
1896 – Ambroise Thomas - French opera composer (b. 1811)
1903 – Gaspar Núñez de Arce - Spanish dramatist & statesman (b. 1834)
1915 – Émile Waldteufel - French composer (b. 1837)
1916 – Richard Dedekind - German mathematician (b. 1831)
1929 – Lillie Langtry - British singer & actress (b. 1853)
1931 – Samedbey Mehmandarov - Russian general (b. 1855)
1933 – Henri Duparc - French composer (b. 1848)
1935 – Auguste Escoffier - French chef (b. 1846)
1942 – Grant Wood - American painter (b.1891)
1945 – Antonio Villa-Real - Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
1949 – Hassan al Banna - Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
1951 – Choudhary Rehmat Ali - Pakistani nationalist (b. 1897)
1954 – Dziga Vertov - Russian filmmaker (b. 1896)
1957 – Eric Alfred Knudsen - American folklorist (b. 1872)
1958 – Douglas Hartree - English mathematical physicist (b. 1897)
1969 – Paltiel Daykan - Russian-born Israeli jurist (b. 1885)
1970 – Ishman Bracey - American blues musician (b. 1901)
1971 – James C. Penney - American department store founder (b. 1875)
1976 – Sal Mineo - American actor (b. 1939)
1979 – Jean Renoir - French director (b. 1894)
1980 – Muriel Rukeyser - American poet (b. 1913)
1982 – Victor Jory - Canadian actor (b. 1902)
1983 – Eubie Blake - American musician & songwriter (b. 1887)
1984 – Anna Anderson - claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
1984 – Julio Cortázar - Argentine writer (b. 1914)
1985 – Nicholas Colasanto - American actor (b. 1924)
1989 – Thomas Bernhard - Austrian playwright & novelist (b. 1931)
1991 – Roger Patterson - American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
1992 – Bep van Klaveren - Dutch boxer (b. 1907)
1993 – James Bulger - English murder victim (b. 1990)
1994 – Sue Rodriguez - Canadian assisted suicide advocate (b. 1950)
1995 – Robert Bolt - English writer (b. 1924)
1995 – Philip Taylor Kramer - American musician (Iron Butterfly) (b. 1952)
1996 – Bob Shaw - Northern Irish novelist (b. 1931)
1998 – Hugh Gardner Ackley - American economist (b.1915)
2000 – Screamin' Jay Hawkins - American musician (b. 1929)
2000 – Tom Landry - American football coach (b. 1924)
2000 – Andy Lewis - Australian musician (b. 1967)
2000 – Charles M. Schulz - American comics author (b. 1922)
2000 – Oliver - American pop singer (b. 1945)
2001 – Kristina Söderbaum - German actress (b. 1912)
2001 – Tiberio Mitri - Italian boxer (b. 1926)
2003 – Vali Myers - Australian painter (b. 1930)
2005 – Rafael Vidal - Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
2005 – Sammi Smith - American country music singer (b. 1943)
2005 – Dorothy Stang - Brazilian nun (b. 1931)
2007 – Peggy Gilbert - American jazz saxophonist & bandleader (b. 1905)
2007 – Randy Stone - American actor & casting director (b. 1958)
2008 – Oscar Brodney - American screenwriter (b. 1907)
2009 – Alison Des Forges - American investigator, expert of Rwanda genocide (b. 1942)
2009 – Beverly Eckert - American co-chair of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee (b. 1951)
2009 – Gerry Niewood - American musician (b. 1943)
2009 – Coleman Mellett - American musician (b. 1974)
2010 – Nodar Kumaritashvili - Georgian luger (b. 1988)


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February 12 - Births

Calendar Date February 12th:
February 12th - Births:
1074 – Conrad - King of Germany & Italy (d. 1101)
1218 – Kujo Yoritsune - Japanese shogun (d. 1256)
1567 – Thomas Campion - English composer & poet (d. 1620)
1606 – John Winthrop - the Younger, Governor of Connecticut (d. 1676)
1637 – Jan Swammerdam - Dutch biologist (d. 1680)
1663 – Cotton Mather - New England minister (d. 1728)
1665 – Rudolf Jakob Camerarius - German botanist & physician (d. 1721)
1704 – Charles Pinot Duclos - French writer (d. 1772)
1728 – Étienne-Louis Boullée - French architect (d. 1799)
1753 – François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers - French admiral (d. 1798)
1768 – Francis II - Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1835)
1775 – Louisa Adams - First Lady of the United States, wife of John Quincy Adams (d. 1852)
1777 – Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué - German poet (d. 1843)
1777 – Bernard Courtois - French chemist (d. 1838)
1785 – Pierre Louis Dulong - French physicist (d. 1838)
1788 – Carl Reichenbach - German chemist & philosopher (d. 1869)
1791 – Peter Cooper - American Industrialist, inventor & philanthropist (d. 1883)
1794 – Alexander Petrov - Russian chess player (d. 1867)
1804 – Heinrich Lenz - German physicist (d. 1865)
1809 – Charles Darwin - English naturalist (d. 1882)
1809 – Abraham Lincoln - 16th President of the United States (d. 1865)
1828 – George Meredith - English writer (d. 1909)
1843 – John Graham Chambers - English athlete who wrote the Queensberry rules for boxing (d. 1883)
1857 – Bobby Peel - English cricketer (d. 1943)
1861 – Lou Andreas-Salome - Russian-born author (d. 1937)
1865 – Kazimierz Tetmajer - Polish poet & writer (d. 1940)
1870 – Marie Lloyd - English music-hall performer (d. 1922)
1876 – Thubten Gyatso - 13th Dalai Lama (d. 1933)
1880 – John L. Lewis - American labor union leader (d. 1969)
1881 – Anna Pavlova - Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
1884 – Max Beckmann - German artist (d. 1950)
1884 – Marie Vassilieff - Russian artist (d. 1957)
1884 – Johan Laidoner - Estonian military commander (d. 1953)
1885 – Julius Streicher - Nazi German publisher (d. 1946)
1889 – Bhante Dharmawara - Cambodian monk & supercentenarian (d. 1999)
1893 – Omar Bradley - American general, the last surviving five-star general in the United States & the 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (d. 1981)
1897 – Vola Vale - American actress (d. 1970)
1898 – Wallace Ford - English-born actor (d. 1966)
1900 – Roger J. Traynor - American judge (d. 1983)
1902 – William Collier - American stage & film actor (d. 1987)
1903 – Chick Hafey - baseball player (d. 1973)
1903 – Joseph F. Biroc - American cinematographer (d. 1996)
1904 – Ted Mack - American television host (d. 1976)
1907 – Clifton C. Edom - American photojournalism educator (d. 1991)
1908 – Jacques Herbrand - French logician & mathematician (d. 1931)
1908 – Jean Effel - French painter & journalist (d. 1982)
1908 – August Neo - Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
1909 – Sigmund Rascher - German SS doctor (d. 1945)
1911 – Stephen H. Sholes - American recording executive (d. 1968)
1912 – R. F. Delderfield - English author (d. 1972)
1914 – Tex Beneke - American musician & band leader (d. 2000)
1914 – Arvid Pardo - Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference" (d. 1999)
1915 – Lorne Greene - Canadian actor (d. 1987)
1916 – Joseph Alioto - Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1998)
1917 – Raizo Matsuno - Japanese politician (d. 2006)
1918 – Julian Schwinger - American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
1919 – Forrest Tucker - American actor (d. 1986)
1920 – William Roscoe Estep - Baptist historian & professor (d. 2000)
1920 – Pran - Indian actor
1922 – Hussein bin Dato' Onn - Malaysian Prime Minister (d. 1990)
1923 – Franco Zeffirelli - Italian film & opera director & designer
1923 – Chaskel Besser - Orthodox rabbi (d. 2010)
1925 – Sir Anthony Berry - British politician (d. 1984)
1926 – Joe Garagiola - American baseball player & announcer
1926 – Charles Van Doren - American quiz show contestant
1930 – Arlen Specter - U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
1931 – Janwillem van de Wetering - Dutch author
1932 – Axel Jensen - Norwegian author (d. 2003)
1932 – Julian Lincoln Simon - American economist & author (d. 1998)
1934 – Anne Krueger - American economist
1934 – Bill Russell - American basketball player
1934 – Annette Crosbie - Scottish actress
1935 – Gene McDaniels - American singer
1936 – Joe Don Baker - American actor
1936 – Paul Shenar - American actor
1937 – Charles Dumas - American athlete (d. 2004)
1938 – Judy Blume - American author
1938 – Johnny Rutherford - American race car driver
1938 – Peter Temple-Morris - Baron Temple-Morris, British politician
1939 – Ray Manzarek - American keyboardist (The Doors)
1940 – Richard Lynch - American actor
1941 – Naomi Uemura - Japanese adventurer
1942 – Ehud Barak - Prime Minister of Israel
1942 – Pat Dobson - American baseball player (d. 2006)
1944 – Moe Bandy - American singer
1945 – Maud Adams - Swedish actress
1945 – David Friedman - American economist
1946 – Cliff DeYoung - American actor & musician
1946 – Jean Eyeghe Ndong - Prime Minister of Gabon
1946 – Ajda Pekkan - Turkish singer
1947 – Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale - Indian leader of Damdami Taksal (d. 1984)
1948 – Raymond Kurzweil - American inventor & author
1948 – Mike Robitaille - Canadian ice hockey player
1949 – Joaquín Sabina - Spanish singer & songwriter
1950 – Michael Ironside - Canadian actor
1950 – Steve Hackett - English guitarist (Genesis)
1951 – Steven Parent - Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
1952 – Michael McDonald - American musician
1952 – Simon MacCorkindale - British actor
1953 – Joanna Kerns - American actress
1953 – Nabil Shaban - British actor
1953 – Robin Thomas - American actor
1954 – Tzimis Panousis - Greek musician & stand-up comedian
1954 – Philip Zimmermann - American cryptographer
1955 – Arsenio Hall - American actor & talk show host
1955 – Bill Laswell - American bassist & record producer
1955 – Chet Lemon - American baseball player
1956 – Brian Robertson - Scottish musician (Thin Lizzy & Motörhead)
1958 – Grant McLennan - Australian musician (The Go-Betweens) (d. 2006)
1958 – Bobby Smith - Canadian ice hockey player
1959 – Larry Nance - American basketball player
1959 – Dan Puric - Romanian actor, director & writer
1959 – Sigrid Thornton - Australian actress
1960 – George Gray - American professional wrestler
1961 – Jim Harris - Canadian politician
1962 – Jimmy Kirkwood - Irish-born field hockey player
1963 – John Michael Higgins - American actor
1963 – Ed Lover - American radio personality
1967 – Chris McKinstry - Canadian computer scientist
1967 – Chitravina N. Ravikiran - Indian composer & musician
1968 – Josh Brolin - American actor
1968 – Grégory Charles - French Canadian singer, dancer, pianist, radio & television host
1968 – Christopher McCandless - American nomad, subject of biography Into the Wild (d. 1992)
1968 – Chynna Phillips - American singer
1968 – Kyle Vincent - American singer/songwriter
1969 – Darren Aronofsky - American director & writer
1969 – Hong Myung-Bo - Korean footballer
1969 – Meja - Swedish singer
1969 – Brad Werenka - Canadian ice hockey player
1970 – Jim Creeggan - Canadian bassist (Barenaked Ladies)
1970 – Judd Winick - writer & artist
1972 – Ajay Naidu - Indian-American actor
1972 – Owen Nolan - Canadian ice hockey player
1973 – Gianni Romme - Dutch speed skater
1973 – Tara Strong - Canadian voice actress
1974 – Toranosuke Takagi - Japanese race car driver
1974 – Fonzworth Bentley - American hip-hop artist
1975 – Scot Pollard - American basketball player
1976 – Christian Cullen - New Zealand rugby union footballer
1976 – Silvia Saint - Czech pornographic actress
1977 – Jimmy Conrad - American soccer player
1978 – Brett Hodgson - Australian rugby league footballer
1978 – Gethin Jones - Welsh television presenter
1978 – Silver Meikar - Estonian politician
1979 – Richard Barnwell - English footballer
1979 – Antonio Chatman - American football player
1979 – Matt Mauck - American football player
1979 – Jesse Spencer - Australian actor
1980 – Juan Carlos Ferrero - Spanish tennis player
1980 – Sarah Lancaster - American actress
1980 – Christina Ricci - American actress
1981 – Lisa Hannigan - Irish singer
1982 – Louis Tsatoumas - Greek long jumper
1983 – Carlton Brewster - American football player
1984 – Lolly Badcock - English pornographic actress
1984 – Brad Keselowski - American racing car driver
1984 – Peter Vanderkaay - American swimmer
1984 – Aylar Lie - Norwegian model
1984 – Alexandra Dahlström - Swedish actress
1985 – Saskia Burmeister - Australian actress
1988 – Nana Eikura - Japanese actress
1991 – Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah - prince of Bahrain (d. 2006)
1993 – Jennifer Stone - American actress


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February 12 - General (Calendar Date)

February 12th - Basic Facts:
  • February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 322 days remaining until the end of the year (323 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is February 11
  • Next day is February 13.
February 12th Births (Here)

February 12th Deaths (Here)

February 12 Events:

881 – Pope John VIII crowns Charles the Fat, the King of Italy: Emperor
1429 – Battle of Rouvray (aka Battle of the Herrings) - English forces under Sir John Fastolf defend a supply convoy carrying rations to the army besieging Orleans from attack by the Comte de Clermont & John Stuart.
1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his 2nd voyage to India.
1541 – Santiago, Chile is founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1554 – Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason - a year after claiming the throne of England for 9 days.
1689 – The Convention Parliament convenes & declares that the flight to France in 1688 by James II, the last Roman Catholic British monarch, constitutes an abdication.
1700 – The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe.
1719 – The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded.
1733 – James Oglethorpe (Englishman) founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, & its first city at Savannah (known as Georgia Day).
1771 – Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
1816 – The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is destroyed by fire.
1817 – An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army defeats Spanish troops on the Battle of Chacabuco - after crossing the Andes.
1818 – Bernardo O'Higgins formally approved the Chilean Declaration of Independence near Concepción, Chile.
1825 – The Creek cede the last of their lands in Georgia to the United States government, & migrate west.
1832 – Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands.
1855 – Michigan State University is established.
1870 – Women gain the right to vote in the Utah Territory.
1879 – The first artificial ice rink in North America opens at Gilmore's Park in New York City.
1894 – Anarchist Émile Henry hurls a bomb into Paris's Cafe Terminus, killing one & wounding 20.
1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.
1912 – Abdication of Xuantong Emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty, the last Emperor of China.
1912 – The Republic of China adopts the Gregorian calendar.
1914 – First stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place in Washington, D.C.
1924 – Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a political speech on radio.
1934 – The Austrian Civil War begins.
1934 – The Export-Import Bank of the United States is incorporated.
1934 – In Spain the national council of Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista is inaugurated.
1940 – FBLA-PBL organization is founded.
1946 – Operation Deadlight ends after scuttling 121 of 154 captured U-boats (World War II).
1961 – U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
1966 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, announces the Six Points in Karachi as the election manifesto of Awami League - later leads to formation of Bangladesh.
1973 – Vietnam War - First United States prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong.
1974 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is exiled from the Soviet Union.
1976 – Actor Sal Mineo is stabbed to death in West Hollywood.
1990 – Carmen Lawrence - first female Premier in Australian history after she becomes Premier of Western Australia.
1997 – Hwang Jang-yop, secretary in the Workers' Party of Korea & a prime architect of North Korea's Juche doctrine, defects at the South Korean embassy in Beijing along with his aide, Kim Dok-hong.
1999 – President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.
2001 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
2002 – The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
2002 – US Secretary of Energy makes the decision that Yucca Mountain is a suitable site for a deep geological repository for the United States.
2004 – San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
2007 – A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people wounding 4 others in the Trolley Square shooting.


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Vringo (Ringtone Application)



Vringo - About The Company:
  • New startup company.
  • Seeking to raise $13.8 million through an initial public offering.
  • Aims to sell a monthly subscription for $1 - $3.
  • Company has reported to have made $36,000 in revenue through a deal in Armenia.
  • The application is available on it's corporate web site (www.vringo.com) & also through the Android marketplace.
  • Not available on iPhone - "Apple locked us out".
Vringo Application Facts:
  • Gives a Facebook like personal touch to ring tones.
  • Vringo helps you pick the ringtone that appears on someone else's phone when you call.
  • Requires that the other phone has Vringo installed.
  • The Vringo application is currently free.
  • The company is looking to make money by offering a subscription service & selling video clips & other content.
  • The ringtones come with video.

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Kneber Botnet (Network Security Cyberinfection)

Kneber Botnet Details:
  • Massive botnet - a variant of the ZeuS botnet, which is known primarily for stealing banking credentials.
  • It is considered the most dangerous type of botnet in operation by the security firm Damballa.
  • Named after the username (hilarykneber@yahoo.com) linking the affected machines worldwide.
  • Found by security researchers at Herndon, Va. based NetWitness Corp - discovered January 26, 2010.
  • Affecting at least 75,000 computers at 2,500 companies & government agencies worldwide.
  • The botnet gathers - login credentials to online financial systems, social networking sites and e-mail systems.
  • Has been active for the past 18 months (as at February 2010), since late 2008.
  • Attacks appear to have originated in in Europe & China.
  • The systems compromised by the botnet also give attackers remote access inside the compromised network.
  • More than 50% of the infected systems in the Kneber botnet also contain the competing Waledac Trojan.
  • Claimed that it is sold for about $4,000 per copy, with many cybergangs using it to create botnets.
Netwitness Discovery Of A 75GB Cache of Stolen Data:
  • 68,000 corporate login credentials.
  • Login data for user accounts at Facebook, Yahoo & Hotmail.
  • 2,000 SSL certificate files.
  • Large amount of highly detailed "dossier-level" identity information.
Organizations Affected (Wall Street Journal Report):
  • Merck & Co.,
  • Cardinal Health Inc.,
  • Paramount Pictures and
  • Juniper Networks Inc.
  • Systems belonging to 10 government agencies had also been penetrated.
Countries Most Affected:
  • Egypt
  • Mexico
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United States
  • Turkey

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Powermat Wireless Battery Charging Device



Powermat Company Details:
  • Research & Development Facilities - Neve Ilan, Israel.
  • Sales & Marketing offices - Based in Commerce Township, Michigan.
  • Executive Officers - Powermat is headed by Ron Ferber & Ran Poliakine.
Powermat Functions:
  • Complete solution for simultaneously delivering real time, wireless charging to multiple electronics.
  • Examples of devices supported include - mobile phones, music players, handheld games, electronic readers, GPS devices, Bluetooth headsets, netbooks & laptops.
  • The Powermat technology has been significantly miniaturized, allowing it to be embedded into virtually any device, as well as surfaces.
  • The Powermat technology is also fast, efficient, & safe.
Powermat Products:
  • Powermat Home & Office Mat - Wirelessly charges up to 3 Powermat-enabled devices at the same time. Includes mat, Powercube & 8 Powercube tips which will charge nearly all mobile devices.
  • Powermat Portable Mat - Wirelessly charge up to 3 Powermat-enabled devices at the same time. Includes mat, travel case, Powercube & 8 Powercube tips which will charge nearly all mobile devices.

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February 11 - Deaths

Calendar Date February 11th:
February 11th - Deaths:
641 – Heraclius - Emperor of Byzantium
731 – Pope Gregory II
821 – Saint Benedict of Aniane
824 – Pope Paschal I
1141 – Hugo of St. Victor - German philosopher & theologian (b. 1096)
1160 – Minamoto no Yoshitomo - Japanese general (b. 1123)
1503 – Elizabeth of York - queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
1511 – Henry - Duke of Cornwall - son of Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon
1626 – Pietro Cataldi - Italian mathematician (b. 1552)
1650 – René Descartes - French philosopher (b. 1596)
1685 – David Teniers III - Flemish painter (b. 1638)
1713 – Jahandar Shah - Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)
1755 – Francesco Scipione - marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
1762 – Johann Tobias Krebs - German composer (b. 1690)
1763 – William Shenstone - English poet (b. 1714)
1797 – Antoine Dauvergne - French composer (b. 1713)
1829 – Alexandr Griboyedov - Russian playwright (b. 1795)
1862 – Elizabeth Siddal - British poet & artist (b. 1829)
1868 – Léon Foucault - French astronomer (b. 1819)
1879 – Honoré Daumier - French caricaturist & painter (b. 1808)
1917 – Oswaldo Cruz - Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
1923 – Wilhelm Killing - German mathematician (b. 1847)
1931 – Charles Algernon Parsons - British inventor (b. 1854)
1939 – Franz Schmidt - Austrian composer (b. 1874)
1940 – John Buchan - Governor-General of Canada (b. 1875)
1945 – Al Dubin - Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
1948 – Sergei Eisenstein - Soviet film director (b. 1898)
1954 – Adolph M. Christianson - justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
1958 – Ernest Jones - British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
1959 – Marshall Teague - American race car driver (b. 1922)
1963 – Sylvia Plath - American writer (b. 1932)
1967 – A.J. Muste - American peace activist (b. 1885)
1968 – Howard Lindsay - American playwright (b. 1888)
1972 – Jan Wils - Dutch architect (b. 1891)
1973 – Hans D Jensen - German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
1975 – Richard Ratsimandrava - Malagasy soldier & statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
1976 – Lee J Cobb - American actor (b. 1911)
1976 – Alexander Lippisch - German scientist (b. 1894)
1976 – Frank Arnau - German writer (b. 1894)
1977 – Louis Beel - Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)
1978 – James B Conant - American chemist & university president (b. 1893)
1978 – Harry Martinson - Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
1982 – Eleanor Powell - American actress & dancer (b. 1912)
1982 – Takashi Shimura - Japanese actor (b. 1905)
1985 – Ben Abruzzo - American businessman & balloonist (b. 1930)
1985 – Henry Hathaway - American actor & director (b. 1898)
1985 – Heinz Eric Roemheld - American composer (b. 1901)
1986 – Frank Herbert - American author (b. 1920)
1986 – Evelio Javier - Filipino politician, lawyer, & civil servant (b. 1942)
1987 – Sadequain - famous Pakistani painter & artist. (b. 1930)
1989 – George O'Hanlon - American actor & director (b. 1912)
1991 – Robert W. Holley - American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
1993 – George A. Stephen - founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co. (b. 1922)
1994 – Neil Bonnett - American race car driver (b. 1946)
1994 – Sorrell Booke - American actor (b. 1930)
1994 – William Conrad - American actor (b. 1920)
1994 – Paul Feyerabend - Austrian philosopher (b. 1924)
1996 – Kebby Musokotwane - Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)
1996 – Cyril Poole - English cricketer (b. 1921)
1996 – Amelia Rosselli - Italian poet (b. 1930)
1997 – Barry Evans - English actor (b. 1943)
1997 – Don Porter - American actor (b. 1912)
2000 – Roger Vadim - French director (b. 1928)
2000 – Jacqueline Auriol - French aviatrix (b. 1917)
2002 – Frank Crosetti - baseball player (b. 1910)
2002 – Barry Foster - British actor (b. 1931)
2004 – Shirley Strickland - Australian athlete (b. 1925)
2005 – Jack L. Chalker - American author (b. 1944)
2005 – Stan Richards English television actor (b. 1930)
2006 – Jockey Shabalala - South African singer (b. 1943)
2006 – Peter Benchley - American author (b. 1940)
2006 – Jackie Pallo - wrestler (b. 1926)
2007 – Marianne Fredriksson - Swedish author (b. 1927)
2008 – Tom Lantos - former member of the United States House of Representatives from California (b. 1928)
2008 – Frank Piasecki - American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
2009 – Eleanor Harz Jorden American linguistics scholar & an influential Japanese language educator & expert. (b. 1920)
2009 – Estelle Bennett - American singer (b. 1941)
2010 – Alexander McQueen - English fashion designer (b. 1969)


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February 11 - Births

Calendar Date February 11th:
February 11th - Births:
1377 – King Ladislas of Naples (d. 1414)
1380 – Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini - Italian humanist (d. 1459)
1466 – Elizabeth of York - wife of Henry VII of England (d. 1503)
1535 – Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
1568 – Honoré d'Urfé - French writer (d. 1625)
1649 – William Carstares - Scottish minister (d. 1715)
1657 – Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle - French scientist & man of letters (d. 1757)
1755 – Albert Christoph Dies - German composer (d. 1822)
1764 – Marie-Joseph de Chenier - French poet (d. 1811)
1774 – Hans Järta - Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
1776 – Ioannis Kapodistrias - Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire & first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
1799 – Basil Moreau - French Founder priest (d. 1873)
1800 – William Henry Fox Talbot - English photographer & inventor (d. 1877)
1802 – Lydia Maria Child - American abolitionist (d. 1880)
1812 – Alexander Hamilton Stephens - American politician (d. 1883)
1813 – Otto Ludwig - German writer & critic (d. 1865)
1819 – Samuel Parkman Tuckerman - American composer (d. 1890)
1821 – Auguste-Édouard Mariette - French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
1829 – The Rev. Samuel Lodge - English clergyman, author & headmaster (d. 1897)
1830 – Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff - Prussian musician (d. 1913)
1833 – Melville Weston Fuller - 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
1839 – Josiah Willard Gibbs - American physicist (d. 1903)
1847 – Thomas Alva Edison - American inventor (d. 1931)
1860 – Rachilde - French author (d. 1953)
1869 – Helene Kroller-Muller - Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
1869 – Else Lasker-Schüler - German writer (d. 1945)
1872 – Hannah Mitchell - English socialist & suffragette (d. 1956)
1873 – Feodor Chaliapin - Russian singer (d. 1938)
1874 – Elsa Beskow - Swedish author (d. 1953)
1874 – Fritz Hart - English-born composer (d. 1949)
1887 – John van Melle - South African writer (d. 1953)
1890 – David Drummond - Australian politician (d. 1965)
1891 – J.W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
1894 – Alfonso Leng - Chilean composer (d. 1974)
1898 – Leó Szilárd - Hungarian-born physicist (d. 1964)
1900 – Hans-Georg Gadamer - German philosopher (d. 2002)
1900 – Josei Toda - Japanese educator (d. 1958)
1901 – Roddy Connolly - Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
1902 – Arne Jacobsen - Danish architect (d. 1971)
1903 – Hans Redlich - Austrian composer (d. 1968)
1904 – Sir Keith Holyoake - Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
1908 – Philip Dunne - American screenwriter, director & producer (d. 1992)
1908 – Vivian Ernest Fuchs - English geologist (d. 1999)
1909 – Max Baer - American boxer & actor (d. 1959)
1909 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz - American director (d. 1993)
1912 – Roy Fuller - English writer (d. 1991)
1914 – Matt Dennis - American singer (d. 2002)
1915 – Patrick Leigh Fermor - English author
1917 – T. Nagi Reddy - Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
1917 – Sidney Sheldon - American author (d. 2007)
1919 – Eva Gabor - Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
1920 – King Farouk I of Egypt (d. 1965)
1920 – Daniel F. Galouye - science fiction author (d.1976)
1920 – Billy Halop - American actor (d. 1976)
1920 – Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. - American general (d. 1978)
1921 – Lloyd Bentsen - American politician (d. 2006)
1921 – Edward Seidensticker - American scholar (d. 2007)
1923 – Antony Flew - British philosopher
1925 – Kim Stanley - American actress (d. 2001)
1925 – Virginia E. Johnson - of Masters & Johnson renown. American psychologist.
1926 – Paul Bocuse - French chef
1926 – Alexander Gibson - British conductor (d. 1995)
1926 – Leslie Nielsen - Canadian actor
1930 – Roy De Forest - American Painter (d. 2007)
1931 – Larry Merchant - American sportswriter
1932 – Jerome Lowenthal - American pianist
1932 – Dennis Skinner - British politician
1934 – Mel Carnahan - American politician (d. 2000)
1934 – Tina Louise - American actress
1934 – Manuel Noriega - Panamanian general & dictator
1934 – Mary Quant - English fashion designer
1934 – John Surtees - MBE, English motorcycle & race car driver
1935 – Bent Lorentzen - Danish composer
1935 – Gene Vincent - American musician (d. 1971)
1936 – Burt Reynolds - American actor
1937 – Bill Lawry - Australian cricketer
1937 – Eddie Shack - Canadian ice hockey player
1937 – Burt Reynolds - American actor
1938 – Bevan Congdon - New Zealand cricketer
1938 – Simone de Oliveira - Portuguese actress
1938 – Bobby "Boris" Pickett - American singer & songwriter (d. 2007)
1939 – Gerry Goffin - American lyricist
1939 – Jane Yolen - American author
1941 – Sergio Mendes - Brazilian musician
1943 – Serge Lama - French singer
1946 – Ian Porterfield - English footballer (d. 2007)
1947 – Joselito - Spanish singer
1947 – Kikko Matsuoka - Japanese actress
1947 – Derek Shulman - English musician
1947 – Yukio Hatoyama - Prime Minister of Japan
1948 – Chris Rush - American stand-up comedian
1949 – Guy Cloutier - French-Canadian music executive; father of Véronique Cloutier
1953 – Philip Anglim - American actor
1953 – Jeb Bush - 43rd Governor of Florida
1954 – Noriyuki Asakura - Japanese composer
1954 – Wesley Strick - American screenwriter
1956 – Catherine Hickland - American actress
1956 – Didier Lockwood - French violinist
1956 – H.R. - American singer
1957 – Mitchell Symons - British writer
1959 – Bradley Cole - American actor
1959 – Roberto Moreno - Brazilian racing driver
1960 – Nick Currie - Scottish musician
1960 – Richard Mastracchio - NASA astronaut
1961 – Mary Docter - American speed skater
1961 – Carey Lowell - American actress
1962 – Tammy Baldwin - American politician
1962 – Sheryl Crow - American musician
1962 – Eric Vanderaerden - Belgian cyclist
1963 – José Mari Bakero - Spanish footballer
1963 – Diane Franklin - American actress
1964 – Sarah Palin - 11th Governor of Alaska
1964 – Ken Shamrock - American martial artist
1965 – Vicki Wilson - Australian netballer
1967 – Uwe Daßler - German swimmer
1967 – Hank Gathers - American basketball player (d. 1990)
1967 – Scott Shay - American linguist
1969 – Jennifer Aniston - American actress
1969 – P.J. Sparxx - American pornographic actress
1970 – Fredrik Thordendal - Swedish musician
1971 – Evan Tanner - American mixed-martial artist (d. 2008)
1971 – Damian Lewis - British actor
1972 – Brian Daubach - American baseball player
1972 – Craig Jones - American musician (Slipknot)
1972 – Steve McManaman - English footballer
1972 – Kelly Slater - American surfer
1973 – Ethan Iverson - jazz pianist
1973 – Jeon Do-yeon - Korean actress
1973 – Varg Vikernes - Norwegian musician (Burzum, Mayhem)
1974 – D'Angelo - American singer
1974 – Alex Jones - American radio host
1974 – Zain Verjee - American newsreporter
1975 – Andy Lally - American racing driver
1975 – Jacque Vaughn - American basketball player
1976 – Tony Battie - American basketball player
1976 – Brice Beckham - American actor
1976 – André Wickström - Finland-Swedish comedian & actor
1977 – Mike Shinoda - American musician (Linkin Park & Fort Minor)
1979 – Brandy - American singer & actress
1980 – Marco Bresciano - Australian footballer
1980 – Titi Buengo - Angolan footballer
1980 – Matthew Lawrence - American actor
1980 – Cormac McAnallen - Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
1981 – Kelly Rowland - American singer
1981 – Scot Thompson - American footballer
1982 – Natalie Dormer - English actress
1982 – Neil Robertson - Australian snooker player
1983 – Nicki Clyne - Canadian actress
1983 – Huang Shengyi - Chinese actress
1983 – Rafael Van der Vaart - Dutch footballer
1984 – Aubrey O'Day - American singer
1984 – Maxime Talbot - Canadian ice hockey player
1985 – Harris Allan - Canadian actor
1985 – William Beckett - American singer
1985 – Mike Richards - Canadian ice hockey player
1987 – Brian Matusz - American baseball player
1990 – Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal - Jordanian royalty
1991 – Never Shout Never - American musician
1992 – Taylor Lautner - American actor
1994 – Dominic Janes - American actor


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February 11 - General (Calendar Date)

February 11th - Basic Facts:
  • February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 323 days remaining until the end of the year (324 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is February 10
  • Next day is February 12.
February 11th Births (Here)

February 11th Deaths (Here)

February 11 Events:

660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus (heir to the Roman Emperorship), dies in Rome under mysterious circumstances in Rome - paving way for Nero to become Emperor.
1531 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
1659 – Assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
1752 – Benjamin Franklin opens Pennsylvania Hospital - the first hospital in the United States.
1790 – Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) - petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
1794 – First session of United States Senate open to the public.
1808 – Experimental 1st burning of anthracite coal as a fuel.
1809 – Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation
1812 – Elbridge Gerry (Massachusetts governor) "gerrymanders" for the first time.
1814 – Norway's independence is proclaimed - marking the ultimate end of the Kalmar Union.
1826 – University College London is founded - under the name University of London.
1826 – Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri - an important test within the Swaminarayan faith.
1840 – Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Régiment - 1st performance in Paris.
1843 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi - 1st performance in Milan.
1855 – Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II - Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III.
1861 – American Civil War - United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1873 – King Amadeus I of Spain abdicates.
1889 – Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted - the first Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
1903 – Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony - 1st performance in Vienna.
1905 – Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer nos.
1916 – Emma Goldman arrest for lecturing on birth control.
1919 – Friedrich Ebert (SPD) is elected President of Germany.
1929 – Lateran Treaty signed by Fascist Italy & the Vatican.
1937 – A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union.
1941 – The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for "Chattanooga Choo Choo".
1942 – The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore during World War II.
1943 – General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe (World War II).
1953 – President Dwight Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Ethel & Julius Rosenberg.
1953 – The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
1964 – Greeks & Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
1964 – The Republic of China (Taiwan) breaks off diplomatic relations with France.
1968 – Israeli-Jordanian border clashes.
1971 – Seabed Treaty signed by 87 countries, outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters.
1973 – Vietnam War - first release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam.
1978 – People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare & Dickens.
1979 – Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
1981 – 100,000 US gallons (380 m3) of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
1987 – Philippines constitution goes into effect.
1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa.
1990 – James Buster Douglas gives Mike Tyson his 1st professional loss to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
1997 – Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
2006 – Dick Cheney (Vice President of the United States), whilst hunting quail, accidentally shoots Harry Whittington in the face, neck, & upper torso.


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Nathan Myhrvold (Intellectual Ventures Co-founder) b. 1959


Nathan Myhrvold Demographics:
  • Born - 1959 (Seattle, Washington)
  • Occupation - Intellectual Ventures Co-founder.
Nathan Myhrvold Education & Academic Life:
  • Attended Mirman School.
  • Started college at the age of 14 years.
  • At UCLA he studied mathematics, geophysics, & space physics (BSc, Masters).
  • Following this he went to Princeton University where he earned a master's degree in mathematical economics & then completed a PhD in theoretical and mathematical physics (all by the age of 23 years).
  • He was awarded a Hertz Foundation Fellowship for graduate study in 1984.
  • He also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge University, under Stephen Hawking, studying cosmology topics including quantum field theory in curved space time & quantum theories of gravitation.
  • He left cambridge after 1 year to co-found the computer company Dynamical Systems Research Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 1986.
Nathan Myhrvold Other Facts:
  • He is a prize-winning nature & wildlife photographer.
  • Myhrvold was involved with the Museum of the Rockies, undertaking paleontological research expeditions (finding several Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons).
  • Other skills include being world barbecue champion & a master French chef.
  • Myhrvold has contributed $1 million to the SETI Foundation to develop the Allen Telescope Array.
  • He has commissioned the construction of a complete Difference Engine #2 for himself.
  • He was formerly Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft.
  • He & Peter Rinearson helped Bill Gates to write the best-selling book 'The Road Ahead'.
Nathan Myhrvold & Intellectual Ventures:
  • Co-founder of Intellectual Ventures which is building a large invention portfolio, particularly regarding patents in software.
  • This secretive investment firm is worth around $5 billion.
  • Nathan Myhrvold also personally holds more than 18 U.S. patents.
  • He has also applied for ~ another 100 patents.
  • His organisation has around 30,000 patents (at February 2010), & has around 650 employees.
  • Myhrvold describes the patent world as a "vastly underdeveloped market".
Quotes About Nathan Myhrvold:
"He is gregarious, enthusiastic, and nerdy on an epic scale." [Malcolm Gladwell]

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Private Art Collections

Private Art Collection Facts:
  • Private art collections are constituted for the personal enjoyment of a collector.
  • This compares with a museum, where the collection is presented to the public.
  • Many of the world's great museums start out as private collections or have been enhanced by bequests from private collections.
  • More than 90% of art collections (in American art museums) held in public trust were donated from private collections.
  • Private collectors mostly outcompete the museums in the current art marketplace.
Examples Of Museums With Significant Private Sources:
  • Louvre (Paris) - confiscated works after the French Revolution.
  • National Gallery (London) - gifts from banker John Julius Angerstein.
  • Museum of Europe - still awaiting a permanent home.
  • Brooklyn Museum - a "collection of collections".
  • Cleveland Museum - private collections donations; includes Rodin's "Thinker"
  • J. Paul Getty Museum - purchases from a generous endowment by J. Paul Getty.

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Yvo de Boer (Executive Secretary U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC) b. 1954


Yvo de Boer Demographics:
  • Name - Yvo de Boer
  • Birth - June 12, 1954 (Vienna)
  • Age - 55 years (2009)
  • Nationality - Dutch
  • Marital - Married with 3 children.
  • Father - Dutch diplomat.
  • Occupation - Beaurocrat; Executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Yvo de Boer Facts:
  • He travelled the world extensively as the son of a diplomat.
  • Went to boarding school in the United Kingdom.
  • Obtained a technical degree in social work in the Netherlands.
  • He worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) earlier in his career.
Yvo de Boer UNFCCC Facts:
  • Led the international climate change negotiations over 4 years.
  • The high point of his tenure was the agreement in Bali (end of 2007) under which nations agreed to a deadline in December 2009 to produce a worldwide treaty on global warming.
  • Is resigning his post as of July 1 2010.
  • He expressed disappointment that the December (2009) climate change conference in Copenhagen had failed to produce an enforceable agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Mr de Boer will join the consulting group KPMG as global advisor on climate & sustainability in July 2010.
  • He will also work in academia following leaving the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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