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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 - Leslie Nielsen
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1926: Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his comical roles in movies such as "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series, is born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Nielsen, who also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a disc jockey before breaking into acting, started out his career with more serious roles, including positively reviewed parts in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure." He died from pneumonia on Nov. 28, 2010, at the age of 84.

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