February 11: Victory of the Revolution in Iran (1979),National Foundation Day in Japan
- 660 BCE – According to tradition, Emperor Jimmu founded Japan and established his capital in Yamato.
- 1826 – Swaminarayan wrote the Shikshapatri, a book of 212 verses that serves as the basis of Swaminarayan Hinduism.
- 1938 – The BBC aired an adaptation of Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R., the first science fiction television programme ever broadcast.
- 1979 – Iranian Revolution: The Pahlavi dynasty effectively collapsed when the military declared itself “neutral” after rebel troops overwhelmed forces loyal to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in armed street fighting.
- 1990 – Anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, was released from Victor Verster Prison near Paarl, South Africa.
- 2008 – Rebel East Timorese soldiers invaded the homes of President José Ramos-Horta (pictured) and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, seriously wounding the former.