On this day: February 11

Published On: Feb 09 2013 11:59:04 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

America's first hospital opens, Glenn Miller earns the first gold record, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years, and Whitney Houston dies, all on this day.

OTD February 11 - Thomas Edison
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National Archives

1847: Inventor and businessman Thomas Edison, who developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, is born in Milan, Ohio.

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