On This Day

On This Day in History for April 11 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 NASA launches RCA-F
  • 1983 In the first 'supergrass' trial in Northern Ireland, fourteen Ulster Volunteer Force members are jailed for a total of two hundred years
  • 1984 Challenger astronauts complete 1st in space satellite repair
  • 1984 Chinese troops invade Vietnam

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1984 General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 1984 Soyuz T-11 returns to Earth
  • 1986 A 1921 Canadian 50 cent coin is auctioned in New York for $22,000
  • 1986 Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
  • 1986 Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km
  • 1986 KXA-AM in Seattle WA changes call letters to KRPM
  • 1989 Flyers, scores short-handed into an empty net beating Caps 8-5
  • 1990 NY Lotto pays $35 million to two winner (#s are 6-14-24-32-34-51)
  • 1990 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) lands at Edwards Air Force Base, California
  • 1991 UN Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq declaration
  • 1992 BPAA US Open by Robert Lawrence

  • 1992 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3
  • 1993 Kirsan Ilumzjinov installed as president of Kalmukkie
  • 1993 450 prisoners riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, and continue for ten days, citing grievances about prison conditions and the forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis)
  • 2000 AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.
  • 2001 Detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China after a collision with an J-8 fighter are released
  • 2002 The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia

BattleCoup d'état

2002 An attempted coup d'état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez.

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  • 2007 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222
  • 2011 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • 2012 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
  • 2012 2011 London riot looter is jailed for 11 years after starting a fire at a furniture retailer
  • 2012 South Korean legislative elections result in the governing Saenuri Party retaining governance
  • 2012 Prime Minister of Greece, Lucas Papademos, resigns and calls an election for May 6

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2012 Billionaire Warren Buffett is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Investor Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett
  • 2013 14 people are killed in clashes between drug traffickers and police in Michoacán, Mexico
  • 2013 57 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Daraa Governorate, Syria
  • 2013 Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • 2013 Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2015 Barack Obama and Raúl Castro meet in Panama, the 1st meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2016 UN-backed ceasefire comes into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces
  • 2016 Updated "Tree of Life" published in "Nature Microbiology" by scientists from Berkeley University in California
  • 2019 First day of voting in Indian general elections, the world's largest democracy with 900 million eligible voters in the world's largest-ever election (till 23rd May)

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2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London by police and arrested on failure to appear in court on US extradition charges

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Wikileaks Founder
Julian Assange
  • 2019 Israel's Beresheet spacecraft, the first privately-funded mission to the moon, crashes on the moon

SudanAnti Omar al-Bashir Protest

2019 Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir overthrown and arrested by the army in Khartoum after 29 years in power

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Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
Alaa Salah during a protest against President Omar al-Bashir
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  • 2019 EU leaders agree to a six-month extension to Brexit after UK parliament fails to reach any consensus

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2019 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI


2020 Brazil is the 1st country in the southern hemisphere to report more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 1,056 deaths and 19,638 cases

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2021 Tropical cyclone Seroja makes landfall in Western Australia near the town of Kalbarri with winds up to 170km/h (105mph)
  • 2021 20-year-old Daunte Wright shot and killed at a traffic stop by police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, who says they mistook their gun for a taser

Birthdays in History

  • 1966 Steve Bullock, American politician (Governor of Montana 2013-), born in Missoula, Montana
  • 1967 Stefan Johnstown, Norwegian speed walker (world record 20 km)
  • 1968 Sergei Lukyanenko, Russian sci-fi author (Labyrinth of Reflections), born in Karatau, Kazakhstan
  • 1975 Walid Soliman, Tunisian author, born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1985 Will Minson, Australian rules footballer (Western Bulldogs), born in South Australia
  • 1987 Michelle Phan, American Vietnamese make-up vlogger and entrepreneur, born in Boston, Massachusetts

Weddings in History

Deaths in History