What Happened on December 11

Significant Events

  • 1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)
  • 1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
  • 1913 "Mona Lisa" recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • 1931 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1936 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
  • 1946 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • 1997 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259.

On December 11, 1282

Would You Believe?

World's 1st penis transplant procedure by a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa

On December 11, 2014

Famous Weddings

  • 1924 Photographer Alfred Stieglitz (60) marries artist Georgia O'Keeffe (37) in Cliffside Park, New Jersey
  • 1946 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock and roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe
  • 1993 Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)
  • 1999 Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane marries Rhona Gemmell
  • 2010 "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
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