On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1959 1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs
  • 1959 Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished
  • 1961 Adulterous couple ride a dung cart through Staphorst, Netherlands
  • 1961 Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots

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1961 Molotov, Malenkov and Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Leader Georgy Malenkov
Soviet Leader
Georgy Malenkov
  • 1961 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd
  • 1961 "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller is published by Simon and Schuster in New York
  • 1962 Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait
  • 1964 Murray Schisgal's "Luv" premieres in NYC
  • 1965 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith proclaims independence from Britain
  • 1965 William Alfred's "Hogan's Goat" premieres in NYC
  • 1966 Gemini 12 (Lovell & Aldrin) launched on 4-day flight
  • 1966 Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA)
  • 1966 NASA launches spaceship Gemini 12
  • 1968 Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
  • 1968 Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England

  • 1970 Baltimore Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP
  • 1971 Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15

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1971 Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 1972 Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • 1972 US Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
  • 1975 Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • 1975 Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr - 1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs

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1975 Liberal leader Malcolm Fraser sworn in as caretaker Prime Minister of Australia after sacking of the Whitlam Government by Governor General John Kerr

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1978 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • 1979 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • 1980 Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37
  • 1982 5th space shuttle mission: Columbia makes the first officially "operational" shuttle mission
  • 1982 Gas explosion in Israeli army headquarters near Tyre; kills 60
  • 1983 1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain

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1983 President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • 1985 Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing
  • 1986 Houston's Astro Mike Scott (18-10) wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 1986 Suriname government proclaims gold purification

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1987 Judge Anthony Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court

106th US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
106th US Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Kennedy

  • 1987 Moscow party secretary Boris Jerusalem resigns

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1987 van Gogh's "Irises" sells for record $53.6 million at auction

  • 1988 Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
  • 1989 Romanian students protest in Bucharest before the Communist Party congress, shouting "we want reforms", in a sign of the revolution to come
  • 1990 Calif's Chuck Finley & Seattle's Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in exhibition game between US & Japanese all-star teams
  • 1992 The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests

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1993 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 2 days for fractured shoulder

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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1994 Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft and Computer Scientist
Bill Gates
  • 1994 Progress M-25 launched to space station Mir
  • 1999 Last upside down date until January 1, 6000
  • 2001 Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off.
  • 2004 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2004 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

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2006 New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2008 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
  • 2012 12 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Burma
  • 2013 4 people are killed and 8 are injured after a building catches fire in Mumbai, India
  • 2013 100 people are killed in a tropical cyclone in the Puntland region, Somalia
  • 2014 The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison
  • 2014 An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake

  • 2014 The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute
  • 2014 The people of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain vote in a disputed and non-binding poll on independence
  • 2014 58 people are killed in a bus crash in the Sukkur District, Pakistan
  • 2015 Montreal begins a controversial dumping of raw sewage (2.1bn gallons) into the St Lawrence River
  • 2015 Flawless 12 carat Blue Moon Diamond sells for $48.4 million at auction in Geneva

Sports record brokenWorld Record

2017 Largest Singles Day sales ever - Alibaba says its sales alone were $25.3 billion

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • 2017 Nationalist march in Warsaw, Poland, draws 60,000, to coincide with country's independence day

Victory in BattleEnd of World War I

2018 On centenary of WWI Armistice Day French President Macron urges world to reject Nationalism in speech to under Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
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  • 2018 Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sets new record for their Singles Day sale, $1 billion in 85 seconds, $30.8bn in 24 hours
  • 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo announces its worst-ever outbreak of Ebola with 198 deaths
  • 2019 Violent day in Hong Kong as protests continue with person set alight and another shot amid general strike
  • 2019 More than 120 bush fires in Australia cause the country to declare state of emergency in two states with a catastrophic threat issued for Sydney region
  • 2019 Transit of Mercury across the sun, closer than any other transit this century
  • 2019 Arctic blast brings record low temperatures for November to the US Midwest including Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois
  • 2020 UK becomes the first European country to record over 50,000 deaths, fifth country after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico
  • 2020 All Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China passes resolution allowing for removal of four of their colleagues

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