On This Day

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

Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes."

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1984 Men's choir Maranatha Netherlands forms
  • 1984 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • 1985 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz
  • 1987 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1988 225 at bats after #299, Met Gary Carter is 59th to hit 300th HR
  • 1988 Charlotte Colisieum in Charlotte NC opens
  • 1988 Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 1989 "Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child" premieres
  • 1989 Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor complete 329 opening stand v England

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

1989 Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings of Neptune

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 1990 Egypt & Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
  • 1990 ArenaBowl IV, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit: Detroit Drive beats Dallas Texans 51-27, Art Schlichter MVP
  • 1991 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
  • 1991 Shiite Muslims release US hostage Edward Tracy

  • 1991 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) lands
  • 1991 Wilson Alvarez hurls a no-hitter in his 1st big league start

BeatificationPapal Visit

1993 Pope John Paul II visits Mexico

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 Joao B "Nino" Vieira elected President of Guinee-Bissau
  • 1997 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1999 Total solar eclipse in India-North -France (2m23s)
  • 1999 The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
  • 2003 Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003 A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112°F (44° C), leaving about 144 people dead.
  • 2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Airbnb is founded by Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • 2012 153 people are killed and 1300 injured in Tabriz and Ahar, Iran after two earthquakes of up to 6.4 magnitude
  • 2012 13 people are killed and 15 injured by a lightning strike at a Mosque in Bangladesh
  • 2013 22 people are killed by flash floods in Kabul, Pakistan
  • 2013 2 people are killed and 30 are injured after a coach crash in southern France
  • 2015 Spain's top matador Francisco Rivera Ordóñez Jr. is gored and injured by a bull in Huesca

AgreementAgreement of Interest

2015 Greek debt crisis: European Commission announces a bailout with Greece and its creditors has been agreed "in principle"

Economist Mario Draghi
Economist
Mario Draghi
  • 2015 Largest ever outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York - 12 dead, with over 100 cases in the South Bronx
  • 2015 Japan's Sendai Nuclear Power Plant restarts the first nuclear reactor since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
  • 2016 A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • 2017 Fipronil contaminated eggs now affecting fifteen EU countries, Hong Kong and Switzerland according to European Commission
  • 2017 Chinese crime writer Liu Yongbiao after announcing novel called "Beautiful Writer who Killed", arrested for murders of four people nearly 22 years ago
  • 2019 Argentine President Mauricio Macri suffers defeat in preliminary election to Alberto Fernández, prompting 20% fall in the value of the peso

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2020 US Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden announces California Senator Kemala Harris is his running mate, the 1st woman of color selected by a major party

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 Belarus's opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya flees the country amid protests over the country's election results that returned President Alexander Lukashenko to power

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko

Birthdays in History

  • 1976 Erick Lindgren, American poker player (WSOP Player of the Year 2008), born in Burney, California
  • 1985 Grace Adams-Short, British reality television contestant

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History