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On this day: February 11

POSTED: 09:59 PM PST Feb 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 10, 2014 

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 - Frank Herbert
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Courtesy of Byron Merritt

1986: American author Frank Herbert, best known for "Dune," the best-selling science fiction novel of all time, and its five sequels, dies of a massive pulmonary embolism while recovering from surgery for pancreatic cancer in Madison, Wis., at the age of 65.

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