What Happened on April 11

Significant 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 abdicates unconditionally; he is exiled to Elba
  • 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
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Did You Know?

The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released

On April 11, 1976

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
  • 1969 Future South African president F. W. de Klerk marries Marike Willemse
  • 1981 Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Famous Divorces

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