On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1974 World Football League plays 1st games
  • 1976 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1976 In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks & Wedlocks"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1978 Auto with liquid gas crashes and explodes in Spain, 160 killed
  • 1979 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
  • 1980 American hostage Richard Queen freed by Iran militants due to illness
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1981 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • 1981 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)
  • 1984 Government orders air bags or seat belts would be required in cars by 1989
  • 1984 Lucas Mangope re-elected president of Bophuthatswana
  • 1985 Refurbished space shuttle Columbia moves overland from Palmdale to Dryden
  • 1985 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74
  • 1986 Maricica Puica of Romania runs 2,000 m in 5:28.69 (record for women)

  • 1986 Mary Beth Whitehead christens surrogate Baby M, Sara
  • 1990 Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins.
  • 1991 Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii
  • 1991 Nigeria Airways DC-8 crashes at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing all 261 passengers and crew on board
  • 1992 Presidential candidate Ross Perot at NAACP speech calls them "you people"
  • 1994 Suriname guilder devalued: NŸ1 = SŸ105
  • 1995 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica
  • 2001 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
  • 2006 209 people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India
  • 2007 15th ESPY Awards: LaDainian Tomlinson, Taryne Mowatt win
  • 2011 Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846
  • 2012 Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2012 S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto is discovered
  • 2013 30 people are killed in a wave of bomb and gun attacks across Iraq
  • 2014 The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

2015 Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán escapes from Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City via a specially constructed 1.5 km tunnel from his cell to a nearby house

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • 2018 Oldest stone tools outside Africa discovered in Lantian country, western China, estimated 2.12 million years old made by hominins
  • 2019 Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft lands on the Ryugu asteroid 300m km (185m miles) from earth for a second time to collect samples
  • 2019 Last models of Volkswagen's Beetle car are produced in Pueblo, Mexico, ending production worldwide after 80 years
  • 2019 US stock markets reach new records, the Dow tops 27,000 points for the first time and the S&P 500 hits 3,000 points

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Weddings in History


Deaths in History