On This Day

What Happened on March 11

Important Events

  • 843 Icon veneration officially re-instated in Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople
  • 1502 Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524)
  • 1918 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • 1966 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
  • 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
  • 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant
  • 2018 China's National People's Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life
  • 2020 COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths
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Mar 11 in Film & TV

  • 1958 Charles Van Doren finally loses on US TV game show "Twenty-One" after winning $129,000 - later revealed to be fixed

Mar 11 in Music

Mar 11 in Sport

  • 1917 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

1 million days since the foundation of Rome on April 21st, 753 BC

On March 11, 1986

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

The West first learns of the Giant Panda via French missionary Armand David who receives a skin from a hunter

On March 11, 1869

Famous Weddings

  • 1302 Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
  • 1598 Countess Charlotte of Nassau marries duke Claude de la Tremoille
  • 1787 Naval officer Horatio Nelson (28) weds Frances Nisbet at Montpelier Estate on the island of Nevis

Famous Divorces

  • 1958 Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor and film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage
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