Historical Events on 11th December

  • 359 Honoratus, first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office.
  • 384 St Damasus I dies and ends his reign as Catholic Pope. Began reign 366
  • 1282 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
  • 1419 Heretic Nicolaas Serrurier exiled from Florence
  • 1477 Duchess Maria of Burgundy ends the 'Great Privilege'
  • 1572 Spanish troops begin siege of Haarlem
  • 1602 A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. Commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend.
  • 1618 Russia & Poland signs Peace treaty of Dailino
  • 1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)

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1620 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • 1665 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi festival in Smyrna
  • 1688 King James II captured in Kent.
  • 1710 Battle of Villa Viciosa (France beat Habsburgers)
  • 1719 1st recorded display of Aurora Borealis in north American colonies (New England)

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1730 Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
  • 1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
  • 1812 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
  • 1816 Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
  • 1816 Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
  • 1844 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Ct
  • 1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
  • 1872 1st black US govenor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)
  • 1882 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
  • 1882 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris
  • 1888 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • 1893 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
  • 1902 The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products
  • 1903 British forces under MacDonald & Younghusband march into Tibet
  • 1905 120°F (49°C), Rivadavia, Argentina (South American record)
  • 1905 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
  • 1905 A workers uprising occurs, establishing the Shuliavka Republic in Kiev.

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1906 US President Theodore Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1907 New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1908 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
  • 1909 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1909 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1913 "Mona Lisa" recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • 1914 Stockton Street Tunnel (SF) completed
  • 1916 David Lloyd George forms British war government
  • 1917 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • 1917 German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
  • 1919 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama
  • 1925 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quas Primas
  • 1926 Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
  • 1926 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW

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1928 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on Pres-elect Herbert Hoover

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1928 NL Pres John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
  • 1930 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • 1931 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • 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)
  • 1932 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
  • 1934 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland
  • 1934 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • 1934 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1934 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)

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1936 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 1937 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • 1937 Italy withdraws from League of Nations
  • 1938 NY Giants win NFL championship
  • 1939 New anti-Jewish measures proclaimed in Poland
  • 1940 Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
  • 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • 1941 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • 1941 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players & $50,000
  • 1941 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • 1941 Japanese occupy Guam
  • 1942 Australian/Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
  • 1944 Surprise attack on House of Keeping Axe, 29 prisoners freed
  • 1945 Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip

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1946 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1946 Spain suspended from UN
  • 1946 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • 1947 Bob Hilliard/Carl Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
  • 1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • 1948 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1948 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • 1949 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • 1949 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1950 Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract
  • 1950 Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres

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1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1953 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
  • 1954 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • 1954 USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va
  • 1956 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin & Wroclaw Poland
  • 1958 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
  • 1958 Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC
  • 1958 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France

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1959 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

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1959 Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 1960 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1960 Coleman/Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • 1960 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • 1961 "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes released
  • 1961 Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

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1961 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

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1961 JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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1964 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1965 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1965 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1967 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
  • 1967 Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group-Grapefruit
  • 1967 People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
  • 1967 Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
  • 1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1968 US Soccer Football Association refuses to let NASL disband
  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister, William Craig
  • 1969 Libya adopts constitution
  • 1970 Start of the 1st Test match at the WACA, v England
  • 1970 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Stephen Chappell
  • 1971 The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.
  • 1971 A bomb explodes outside a furniture showroom on the mainly-Protestant and loyalist Shankill Road, Belfast; four civilians (including two babies) were killed and nineteen wounded
  • 1972 Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th on Moon
  • 1972 Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • 1973 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman
  • 1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • 1973 Ron Santo becomes 1st to invoke no-trade clause of 10-year-1-club vet
  • 1973 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czech
  • 1975 US 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents

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1975 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • 1977 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1978 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
  • 1978 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • 1979 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • 1980 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW v Victoria
  • 1980 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.

Film release premierFilm Premier

1980 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

  • 1981 Argentine president/gen Roberto Viola flees

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1981 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1981 Peru's Javier Perez de Cuellar becomes sec-gen of UN
  • 1981 Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
  • 1981 UN Secrity Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru as 5th Sec Genl
  • 1981 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • 1981 El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.

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1983 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 72nd Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1983 72nd Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Kathy Jordan (6-2, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1984 "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 perf
  • 1984 Mauretania military coup under Col Maawiya Ould Sid'ahmed Taya
  • 1985 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • 1985 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • 1985 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
  • 1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • 1986 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1986 South Africa censors press
  • 1987 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
  • 1989 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
  • 1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • 1990 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog
  • 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
  • 1991 William Kennedy Smith found not guilty of rape
  • 1992 Nor'easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage
  • 1992 WNEW AM radio on 1130 in NYC ends transmitting after 58 years
  • 1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
  • 1993 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle elected President of Chile
  • 1994 Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
  • 1994 Russian troops enter Chechnya
  • 1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
  • 1997 "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • 1997 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • 1997 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a United Nations climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement on a protocol to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases; the protocol commita nations to roll back greenhouse gase emissions below 1990 levels
  • 1998 Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
  • 2000 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State (QB)
  • 2001 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.

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2003 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2004 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)
  • 2005 The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
  • 2005 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.

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2006 The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • 2007 Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.
  • 2008 Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme

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2009 Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2010 Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.

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2011 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 2012 125 people are killed and 200 are injured by bombings in Aqrab, Syria
  • 2012 HSBC bank settles with US authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering

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2012 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

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2013 Pope Francis is named Time magazine's person of the year

Pope Francis
  • 2013 20 people are killed by the bubonic plague in a small Madagascan village
  • 2014 CIA Director John Brennan defends interrogation methods used after 9/11 but admits some methods were "abhorrent"
  • 2014 World's 1st penis transplant procedure by a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2015 Unrest in Burundi leads to clashes between authorities and protesters in Bujumbura, killing at least 87
  • 2015 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover