What Happened on March 11

Significant 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
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

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

On March 11, 1986

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
  • 1949 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois
  • 2009 Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) in Savannah, Georgia

Famous Divorces

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