This Day in History: February 11


1858 – St. Bernadette’s first visions of Mary at Lourdes On this day in 1858 in Lourdes, France, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a miller’s daughter, first had visions of the Virgin Mary that were authenticated by Pope Pius IX in 1862, initiating the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Arab Spring: Egypt's January 25 Revolution

2011 – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after nearly 30 years in power, following mass demonstrations that were part of the pro-democracy uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

Margaret Thatcher

1975 – British politician Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative Party, replacing Edward Heath; she became Europe’s first woman prime minister in 1979.

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