On this day: February 11

POSTED: 09:59 PM PST Feb 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 10, 2015 

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 - Pope Benedict
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2013: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from the papacy, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. When his resignation became effective on Feb. 28, 2013, he became the first pontiff to resign sincePope Gregory XII in 1415. Benedict became known as "pontiff emeritus," with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio eventually being selected as the new pope on March 13, 2013, and becoming Pope Francis.


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