Today in history – February 11, 2019

1794 – The first session of the U.S. Senate opens to the public.

1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of “gerrymandering” for the first time.

1929 – Miss Bobbi Trout, an 18-year-old “tomboy” who took up flying to avoid dishwashing, broke three world aviation records.

1990 – Buster Douglas, a 42:1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in ten rounds to win boxing’s World Heavyweight title.

2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney shot Texas attorney Harry Whittington in the face while participating in a quail hunt on a Texas ranch.

2013 – The Vatican confirmed Pope Benedict XVI would resign the papacy as a result of his advanced age.