On this day in history 11 November

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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.

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