On This Day for 11th December

Historical Events

  • 1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)
  • 1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
  • 1901 Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian electrical inventor, sends the first transatlantic radio signal
  • 1913 "Mona Lisa", stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered
  • 1931 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (which was not at that time part of Canada)
  • 1936 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
  • 1946 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)

Did You Know?

Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last (b. c.1228), the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259

On December 11th, 1282

Famous Weddings

  • 1946 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock and roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe
  • 1993 Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)
  • 1999 Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane marries Rhona Gemmell
  • 2010 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
  • 2010 Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida