On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1986 South Africa censors press
  • 1987 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
  • 1990 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog
  • 1990 US 69th manned space mission STS 35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
  • 1991 William Kennedy Smith found not guilty of rape
  • 1992 Nor'easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage
  • 1992 WNEW AM radio on 1130 in NYC ends transmitting after 58 years
  • 1993 Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle elected President of Chile
  • 1994 Russian troops enter Chechnya
  • 1997 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
  • 1997 Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a UN climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases
  • 1998 Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
  • 2001 The People's Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 2005 The Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead, England, is rocked by explosions, causing a huge oil fire.
  • 2005 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.

Conference meetingConference of Interest

2006 International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iran President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

  • 2007 Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.

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2008 Bernie Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme

Financier and Fraudster Bernie Madoff
Financier and Fraudster
Bernie Madoff
  • 2009 Angry Birds, a Finnish puzzle video game released internationally
  • 2010 Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.
  • 2011 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, Las Vegas, Nevada: Team Europe retains trophy with an 11-7 win over US; MVP: Niels Feijen (Netherlands)
  • 2012 125 people are killed and 200 are injured by bombings in Aqrab, Syria
  • 2012 HSBC bank settles with US authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering

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2012 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Physicist
Stephen Hawking

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2013 Pope Francis is named Time magazine's person of the year

  • 2013 20 people are killed by the bubonic plague in a small Madagascan village
  • 2014 CIA Director John Brennan defends interrogation methods used after 9/11 but admits some methods were "abhorrent"
  • 2014 World's 1st penis transplant procedure by a team from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2015 Unrest in Burundi leads to clashes between authorities and protesters in Bujumbura, killing at least 87
  • 2016 Bombing at a chapel in Cairo, Egypt, kills 25 and wounds 45

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh says he will contest his election defeat in court, after his 1st election loss in 22 years

Dictator and President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh
Dictator and President of Gambia
Yahya Jammeh
  • 2016 Kyrgyzstan votes in a referendum to change the constitution to give the government more power
  • 2017 Saudi Arabia announces an end to its 35 year ban on cinemas

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2017 US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand calls for the resignation of President Donald Trump given 16 women have accused him of sexual harassment

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Landmark trial for Huntington's disease in London announces positive results - first time a drug has been able to slow an incurable brain disorder
  • 2017 Rahul Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi, is elected leader of the Indian National Congress

  • 2017 Six wildfires in Southern California now cover area larger than New York City and Boston combined
  • 2017 Attempted suicide terrorist bomb attack in New York wounds 3, bomb fails to fully detonate

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2018 Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is "the Guardians" journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • 2018 The Arctic is experiencing "unprecedented warmth" caused by human-caused climate change, according to US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Report

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2018 US President Donald Trump says he would be "proud" to shut down the government in contentious meeting at The White House with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 India passes controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill clearing way for citizenship for immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but not if they are Muslim

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2019 Climate activist Greta Thunberg is named Time magazine's Person of the Year

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg
  • 2019 Bougainville votes to become independent of Papua New Guinea in a referendum
  • 2019 Discovery of the earliest figurative artwork in the world, (43,900 years old), figures part human part animal, from cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia, reported in journal "Nature"
  • 2019 Militants attack army base in Ates, Niger, killing at least 71. Islamic State claim responsibility.
  • 2020 European Union leaders agree to cut net carbon emissions by 55% in the next decade
  • 2020 America's FDA authorizes the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2020 US Supreme Court rejects lawsuit by Texas to overturn Jo Biden's election in four battleground states, endorsed by 17 Republican attorney generals

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 2020 Gunmen storm a school in Kankara, Katsina state, northern Nigeria, kidnapping more than 300 students (Boko Haram later claims responsibility)
  • 2020 First same-sex civil union registered in Bolivia after a two-year legal battle by activists

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