What Happened on October 11

Significant Events

  • 1138 Earthquake in Aleppo, Syria kills an estimated 230,000
  • 1634 Burchardi flood - "the second Grote Mandrenke" kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany
  • 1737 Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta, India
  • 1797 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
  • 1945 Chinese civil war begins between Kuomintang government led by Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong's Communist Party
  • 1962 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
  • 1986 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Did You Know?

Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb

On October 11, 1939

Famous Weddings

  • 1938 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith
  • 1948 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)
  • 1954 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines
  • 1975 Future US President Bill Clinton (29) weds future US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham (28) in a Methodist ceremony in their living room in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1987 Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Famous Divorces

  • 1939 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage
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Would You Believe?

First woman FBI "special investigator" appointed (Alaska Davidson)

On October 11, 1922