On This Day

2011 in History (Part 2)

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Former French President Jacques Chirac is convicted of diverting public funds, receives a two-year suspended prison sentence

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • Dec 18 The last US troops withdraw from Iraq, formally ending the Iraq War

Birthdays in History


Weddings in History


Deaths in History

  • Aug 4 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots
  • Aug 5 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), dies at 57
  • Aug 6 Mark Hatfield, American politician (29th Governor of Oregon), dies at 89
  • Aug 6 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, dies at 99
  • Aug 7 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • Aug 22 Jack Layton, Canadian politician, dies at 61
  • Aug 23 June Wayne, American artist and lithographer (Tamarind Lithography Workshop), dies at 93
  • Aug 26 George Band, British mountaineer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 26 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)
  • Aug 31 Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), dies at 72
  • Aug 31 Peter Twiss, British test pilot (breaking the World Air Speed Record and being the first person to exceed 1,000 mph in flight), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • Sep 11 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • Sep 12 Frits Castricum, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • Sep 20 Robert Whitaker, British photographer whose work was used on Beatles and Cream album covers, dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • Sep 21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • Sep 23 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), dies at 97

Person of interestWangari Maathai

Sep 25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2004) and Indira Gandhi Peace Prize (2006), dies from ovarian cancer at 71

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Sep 25 Gusty Spence, Northern Irish loyalist politician and leader of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), dies at 78
  • Sep 26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • Sep 30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)
  • Oct 5 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Person of interestSteve Jobs

Oct 5 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Oct 7 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 12 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Reg Alcock, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 17 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)

Person of interestMuammar Gaddafi

Oct 20 Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), beaten to death in captivity by a Misratan militia at between 68–71

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Oct 20 Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • Oct 20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • Oct 22 Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83
  • Oct 24 John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • Oct 27 James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian Indo-European philologist (Indo-Iranian languages), dies at 85
  • Nov 1 Dorothy Howell Rodham, Mother of US First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, dies at 92
  • Nov 6 Mel Hancock, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri), dies at 82
  • Nov 8 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), dies at 89
  • Nov 9 Joel J. Tyler, judge who pronounced 'Deep Throat' obscene, dies of a heart attack at 90
  • Nov 9 Har Gobind Khorana, Indian-American biochemist (Nobel 1968), dies at 89
  • Nov 10 Ivan Martin Jirous, Czech poet (b. 1944)
  • Nov 10 Peter J. Biondi, American state legislator (New Jersey) and former mayor (b. 1942)
  • Nov 11 Georges Papy, Belgian mathematician (Numbers Game), dies at 91
  • Nov 14 Franz Josef Degenhardt, German poet and author, dies at 79
  • Nov 15 Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer, dies at 65
  • Nov 17 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19 Michael Hastings, British playwright, dies at 74
Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Nov 22 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Lana Peters [Svetlana Stalina], Stalin's daughter, dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • Nov 23 Carlos Moorhead, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 89
  • Nov 25 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Ante Markovic, last Premier of Yugoslavia, dies at 87
  • Nov 30 Leka, Crown Prince of Albania, referred to as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists (b. 1939)
  • Nov 30 William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85
  • Dec 1 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99

Person of interestChristopher Hitchens

Dec 15 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62

Author, Journalist and Orator Christopher Hitchens
Author, Journalist and Orator
Christopher Hitchens

Person of interestKim Jong-il

Dec 17 Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il

Person of interestVáclav Havel

Dec 18 Václav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), dies at 75

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Dec 22 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • Dec 27 Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist artist (Arden), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • Dec 30 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Robert Horton, British businessman and CEO (BP), dies at 72