This Day In History
By Ryan Abbasi
February 11, 2021
1812: First case of gerrymandering reported in the United States, as Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill.
1964: Taiwan ends diplomatic relations with France.
1970: Japan officially becomes the fourth country in the world to send a satellite into orbit in space.
1978: The People’s Republic of China lifts the ban on literature from Aristotle, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.
1988: Anthony Kennedy is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.
1990: Nelson Mandela is released from his 27 years in prison in South Africa.
1993: Janet Reno is selected by President Bill Clinton to be the first female United States Attorney General.
2013: Pope Benedict XVI announces that he will resign from his post on February 28, 2013.
2020: The World Health Organization gives the rapidly spreading disease a new name: COVID-19.
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