Historical Events on 11th December

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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)
1620 - Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"
1665 - "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi festival in Smyrna
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles StandishMilitary Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish 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)
1730 - Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris
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"
Enlightenment Philosopher VoltaireEnlightenment Philosopher Voltaire 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
1901 - Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian electrical inventor, sends the first transatlantic radio signal
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.
1906 - US president Teddy Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
1907 - New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.
1908 - Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 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", stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered
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
1928 - Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on Pres-elect Herbert Hoover
1928 - NL Pres John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
31st US President Herbert Hoover31st US President Herbert Hoover 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)
1936 - Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
1937 - 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
1937 - Italy withdraws from League of Nations
Duchess of Windsor Wallis SimpsonDuchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson 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
1946 - Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
1946 - Spain suspended from UN
1946 - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank WilliamsCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams 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
1951 - Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball
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
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggioBaseball Player Joe DiMaggio 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
1959 - Yanks trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer & Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley & Joe Deaestri
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
1960 - Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
1960 - Coleman/Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC
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
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 1961 - Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
1961 - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
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.
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
Argentine Revolutionary Che GuevaraArgentine Revolutionary Che Guevara 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
MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie RandolphMLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph 1975 - Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich
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 - "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS
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.
1981 - Argentine president/gen Roberto Viola flees
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali 1981 - Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
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.
1983 - 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)
1983 - Jan Stephens/Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1983 - 72nd Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
1983 - 72nd Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Kathy Jordan (6-2, 7-6)
1984 - "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 perf
Tennis Player Martina NavratilovaTennis Player Martina Navratilova 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 elected president of Chile
LPGA Golfer Kelly RobbinsLPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins 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.
NHL Legend Joe SakicNHL Legend Joe Sakic 2003 - Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver
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.
2006 - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by 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
Golfer Tiger WoodsGolfer Tiger Woods 2009 - Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
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.
2011 - Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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
2012 - British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world
2013 - Pope Francis is named Time magazine's person of the year
Pope FrancisPope 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

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