What Happened on August 11

Significant Events

  • 3114 BC The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins
  • 1929 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)
  • 1945 Allies refuse Japan's surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
  • 1954 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh
  • 1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
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Did You Know?

1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)

On August 11, 1951

Would You Believe?

During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

On August 11, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • 1886 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio
  • 1925 Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown
  • 1949 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)
  • 1978 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1990 "General Hospital" actor Maurice Benard (27) weds Paula Smith

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth
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