On this day in history 11 November
1987: van Gogh's "Irises" sells for record $53.6 million at auction.
1990: William Nicholson's drama "Shadowlands", based on the life of C.S. Lewis.
1993: Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 2 days for fractured shoulder.
1994: Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000.
2001: Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Kim Clijsters beats Elena Dementieva.
2002: Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats American Serena Williams 7–5, 6–3.
2003: Josh Groban releases his second album "Closer".
2004: Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation.
2006: New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
2007: Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winner.