Birthdays of Monday, February 11
Actress Tina Louise is 79.
Actor Burt Reynolds is 77.
Songwriter Gerry Goffin is 74.
Actor Sonny Landham is 72.
Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 72.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay is 71.
Actor Philip Anglim is 61.
Actress Catherine Hickland is 57.
Actress Carey Lowell is 52.
Singer Sheryl Crow is 51.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 49.
Actress Jennifer Aniston is 44.
Actor Damian Lewis is 42.
Actress Marisa Petroro is 41.
Singer D'Angelo is 39.
Actor Brice Beckham is 37.
Rock M-C/vocalist Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) is 36.
Singer-actress Brandy is 34.
Actor Matthew Lawrence is 33.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kelly Rowland is 32.
Actor Taylor Lautner is 21.
On February 11 in
1812 Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a re-districting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."
1862 The Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson began in Tennessee. (Union forces led by Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant captured the fort five days later.)
1929 The Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.
1937 A six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union.
1945 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin signed the Yalta Agreement during World War II.
1960 Tonight Show host Jack Paar walked off the program in a censorship dispute with NBC. (Despite his very public resignation, Paar returned to the Tonight Show less than a month later.)
1975 Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party.
1979 Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran.
1990 South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.
In The Star
Feb. 11, 1938, in The Star: Robert Wessinger, an Anniston youth who resides at 316 East 13th Street, has opened a cigarette, tobacco and candy stand in the lobby of the Anniston post office. The stand, with just one showcase, is situated in between the wall and a stairway leading to the second floor of the building. Mr. Wessinger has been blind for 16 years, having lost his sight while living in south Anniston with his father, who was pastor of Carpenter Memorial Methodist Church at the time. Mr. Wessinger graduated from the state school for the blind in 1932 and was president of his class. [Mr. Wessinger would remain at this job for 41 years until his retirement in May 1979 at age 70.] Also this date: A four-column photograph on Page 9 shows the membership of the Anniston High School band assembled on the front steps of the school auditorium; although director L. P. Jackson and drum major Walter Rankin are explicitly identified, no one else in the photo is. Additionally: Anniston’s police radio system will soon be in operation, parts for it having arrived yesterday. Receivers will be installed in the police cars and in the mayor’s automobile. Four policemen have licenses to operate the base station.
Feb. 11, 1988, in The Star: A handy year-by-year history of the Golden Springs Road interchange with I-20 accompanies a note about the status of the project now. Apparently what happened in the recent past is that as soon as it looked like it was drivable, the interchange started getting traffic even though it wasn’t legally open; troopers were writing a number of tickets to those motorists. Consequently, highway department officials were compelled to “open” it, even though some work remains to be done. The interchange project was proposed by the state as far back as 1973, but the feds rejected it. Also this date: According to a New York Daily News story, it’s become a “trend” for Republican leaders to “bash” TV news anchors. The latest example is Pat Robertson, who’s running for the GOP nomination for president and said Tom Brokaw was a “religious bigot” for calling him a “TV evangelist.” He is, Robertson insisted, a “religious broadcaster” who is listened to by evangelical Christians.