On This Day

What Happened on April 11

Important Events

  • 1512 Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat the Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars
  • 1783 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates unconditionally and he is exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean
  • 1868 The Shogunate is abolished in Japan
  • 1955 Chartered Air India plane the "Kashmir Princess" is bombed and crashes into the South China Sea in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by a Kuomintang secret agent
  • 1968 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • 1979 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya
  • 2015 Barack Obama and Raúl Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution
  • 2019 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir overthrown and arrested by the army in Khartoum after 29 years in power
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Apr 11 in Film & TV

  • 1955 "Marty" directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair premieres in New York (Best Picture 1956)
  • 1966 Frank Sinatra records "Strangers in the Night" single for his album of the same name. Later reaches #1 Billboard charts

Apr 11 in Sport

  • 1750 Jack Slack retains Champion of England boxing title, beats Frenchman Jean Petit in 7 rounds in Harlston, England; acknowledged as first international prize fight

Did You Know?

The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland is purchased by the U.S. Navy

On April 11, 1900

Would You Believe?

Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China

On April 11, 2013

Famous Weddings

  • 1799 Politician Henry Clay (21) weds Lucretia Hart in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1888 Industrialist Henry Ford (24) weds Clara Jane Bryant (22) in Greenfield Township, Michigan
  • 1911 Actress Mae West (17) weds fellow vaudevillian Frank Wallace (21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces