What Happened on October 11

Important Events

  • 1138 Earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, kills an estimated 230,000
  • 1634 Burchardi flood - "the second Grote Mandrenke" kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany
  • 1737 Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta, India
  • 1797 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
  • 1945 Chinese civil war begins between Kuomintang government led by Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong's Communist Party
  • 1962 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
  • 1986 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland
More Historical Events

October 11 in Film & TV

  • 1975 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

October 11 in Music

October 11 in Sport

  • 2000 South African Cricket Board issues former captain Hansie Cronje with a life ban as a result of match-fixing allegations

Did You Know?

Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb

On October 11, 1939

Would You Believe?

First woman FBI "special investigator", Alaska Davidson, appointed

On October 11, 1922

Famous Weddings

  • 1938 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith
  • 1948 Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)
  • 1954 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines

Famous Divorces

  • 1939 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage
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