Events in History on December 11

  • 359 Honoratus, first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office.
  • 384 St Damasus I dies and ends his reign as Catholic Pope. Began reign 366
  • 1282 Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259.
  • 1395 John "Eleanor" Rykener, a male cross-dressing prostitute, is brought to court in London for "committing that detestable unmentionable and ignominious vice" in late medieval England's only recorded case on same-sex intercourse (verdict unknown)
  • 1419 Heretic Nicolaas Serrurier exiled from Florence
  • 1477 Duchess Maria of Burgundy ends the 'Great Privilege' in states of The Netherlands
  • 1572 Spanish troops begin siege of Haarlem
  • 1602 Surprise attack by forces of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain repelled by citizens of Geneva. Commemorated since as Fête de l'Escalade.
  • 1618 Russia & Poland signs Peace treaty of Dailino
  • 1620 103 Mayflower Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [NS=Dec 21]

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1620 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony
Myles Standish
  • 1665 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi festival in Smyrna
  • 1688 King James II captured in Kent.
  • 1710 Battle of Villa Viciosa (France beat Habsburgers)
  • 1719 1st recorded display of Aurora Borealis in north American colonies (New England)

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1730 Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

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1792 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • 1812 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
  • 1816 Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
  • 1816 Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
  • 1844 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Connecticut

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1862 Battle of Fredricksburg in Virginia begins between Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
Union General, Politician and Industrialist Ambrose Burnside
Union General, Politician and Industrialist
Ambrose Burnside
  • 1872 Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Govenor in Louisiana
  • 1882 Victorien Sardous "Fedora" with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris
  • 1888 French Panama Canal Company fails
  • 1893 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
  • 1902 The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products
  • 1903 British forces under MacDonald & Younghusband march into Tibet
  • 1905 120°F (49°C), Rivadavia, Argentina (South American record)
  • 1905 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
  • 1905 A workers uprising occurs, establishing the Shuliavka Republic in Kiev.

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1906 US President Theodore Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1907 New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire
  • 1908 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres in London
  • 1909 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
  • 1913 "Mona Lisa" recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum
  • 1914 Stockton Street Tunnel (San Francisco) completed

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1916 David Lloyd George forms British war government

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • 1917 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
  • 1917 German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
  • 1919 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama

  • 1925 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quas Primas

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1928 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1930 Bank of the United States closes in New York City
  • 1931 Japan leaves the Gold Standard
  • 1931 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1932 San Francisco's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
  • 1934 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland

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1936 Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 1937 Italy withdraws from League of Nations

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1940 Russian general Georgy Zhukov warns of German assault

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • 1941 Germany & Italy declare war on USA
  • 1941 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players & $50,000
  • 1941 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
  • 1941 Japanese occupy Guam
  • 1942 Australian Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
  • 1944 Surprise attack on House of Keeping Axe, 29 prisoners freed
  • 1945 Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip
  • 1946 Spain suspended from UN
  • 1946 UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
  • 1950 Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1950 British Physicist Cecil Frank Powell awarded Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of nuclear processes and the discovery of the pion

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1954 USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va
  • 1956 Anti-Russian demonstrations in Stettin & Wroclaw Poland
  • 1958 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
  • 1958 Archibald MacLeish's "JB" premieres in NYC
  • 1958 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Faso) gains autonomy from France

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1959 Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • 1960 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
  • 1960 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
  • 1961 "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes released

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1961 JFK provides US military helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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1964 Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • 1967 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
  • 1967 People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
  • 1967 Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
  • 1968 US Soccer Football Association refuses to let NASL disband
  • 1968 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill sacks Home Affairs Minister, William Craig
  • 1969 Libya adopts constitution
  • 1970 Start of the 1st Test match at the WACA, v England
  • 1971 The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.
  • 1971 A bomb explodes outside a furniture showroom on the mainly-Protestant and loyalist Shankill Road, Belfast; four civilians (including two babies) were killed and nineteen wounded
  • 1972 Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • 1972 Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • 1973 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman

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1973 West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czechoslovakia

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • 1975 US 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
  • 1977 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1978 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
  • 1980 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW v Victoria
  • 1980 The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1981 Argentine President General Roberto Viola flees
  • 1981 Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
  • 1981 UN Secrity Council choses Javier Pérez de Cuélla of Peru as the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1981 El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.

BeatificationPapal Visit

1983 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1984 Mauretania military coup under Col Maawiya Ould Sid'ahmed Taya
  • 1985 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • 1985 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • 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.

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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.
  • 2008 Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme
  • 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.

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2011 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek suffers a minor heart attack in his home and is admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • 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
Stephen Hawking

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

Pope Francis
  • 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
  • 2015 "Playboy" magazine publishes its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover
  • 2016 Bombing at a chapel in Cairo, Egypt, kills 25 and wounds 45
  • 2016 Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh says he will contest his election defeat in court, after his 1st election loss in 22 years
  • 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