What Happened on March 11

Historical 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)
  • 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)

Did You Know?

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

On March 11, 1986

Would You Believe?

Digital art work "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" a digital college by Beeple, with a non-fungible token, sells for record $69.3 million in online auction by Christie's

On March 11, 2021

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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