What Happened on August 11

Significant Events

  • 3114 BC The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins
  • 1945 Allies refuse Japan's offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status
  • 1954 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh
  • 1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
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August 11 in Sport

  • 1929 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)

Did You Know?

1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)

On August 11, 1951


Would You Believe?

During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

On August 11, 1984

Famous Weddings

  • 1886 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio
  • 1925 Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown
  • 1949 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)
  • 1978 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1990 "General Hospital" actor Maurice Benard (27) weds Paula Smith

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth
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