This Day in History for 11th December

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 174

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 (b. c.1228), the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. Reigned from 1259
1419 - Heretic Nicolaas Serrurier exiled from Florence
1477 - Duchess Maria of Burgundy ends the 'Great Privilege'
1572 - Spanish troops begin siege of Haarlem
1602 - A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. Commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend.
1618 - Russia & Poland signs Peace treaty of Dailino
1620 - 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS)
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)
French Enlightenment Philosopher VoltaireFrench Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire 1730 - Voltaire's "Brutus" premieres in Paris
1792 - France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state
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, Ct
1866 - 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
1872 - 1st black US govenor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)
1882 - Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
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
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 1901 - Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian electrical inventor, sends the first transatlantic radio signal
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 & Young 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.
1906 - US president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
1907 - New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.
1908 - Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres
1909 - Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
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," stolen from the Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered
1914 - Stockton Street Tunnel (SF) completed
1916 - David Lloyd George forms British war government
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, Ala
1925 - Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quas Primas
1926 - Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
1926 - Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW
31st US President Herbert Hoover31st US President Herbert Hoover 1928 - Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on Pres-elect Herbert Hoover
1928 - NL Pres John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
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, NZ, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd
1932 - SF's coldest day (27°F) - it snows
1934 - 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland
1934 - 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
1934 - Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
1934 - NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
Duchess of Windsor Wallis SimpsonDuchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson 1936 - Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
1937 - 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
1937 - Italy withdraws from League of Nations
1938 - NY Giants win NFL championship
1939 - New anti Jewish measurements in Poland, proclaimed
1940 - Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
1941 - Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
1941 - Germany & Italy declare war on US
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
Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank WilliamsCountry Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams 1946 - Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
1946 - Spain suspended from UN
1946 - UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
1947 - Bob Hilliard/Carl Sigman's musical "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 308 performances
1947 - Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
1948 - WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 - WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
1949 - Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
1949 - Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
1949 - WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
1950 - Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract
1950 - Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggioBaseball Player Joe DiMaggio 1951 - Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement
1953 - KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
1954 - Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
1954 - USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va
1956 - Anti-Russian demonstrates 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
1959 - Yanks trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer & Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley & Joe Deaestri
1960 - Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
Comedienne/Actress Lucille BallComedienne/Actress Lucille Ball 1960 - Coleman/Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC
1960 - Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
1961 - "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes, released
1961 - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
1961 - Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
1961 - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
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.
1965 - "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
Argentine Revolutionary Che GuevaraArgentine Revolutionary Che Guevara 1965 - "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 209

1465 - Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (d. 1489)
1475 - Pope Leo X, [Giovanni de' Medici], Florence, Italy (1513-21), (d. 1521)
1566 - Manuel Cardoso, composer
1676 - Johann Georg Weichenberger, composer
1709 - Louise Elisabeth of Orléans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1742)
1712 - Francesco Algarotti, Italian earl/encyclopedic (Viaggio in Russia)
1725 - George Mason, American statesman (d. 1792)
American Statesman George MasonAmerican Statesman George Mason (1725) 1757 - Charles Wesley, composer
1758 - Carl Friedrich Zelter, composer
1761 - Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
1781 - David Brewster, Scotland, physicist/inventor (kaleidoscope)
1783 - Max von Schenkendorf, German poet
1793 - Pietro Coppola, composer
1797 - Hiram Paulding, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), died in 1878
1801 - Grabbe, writer
1803 - Hector Berlioz, French composer (d. 1869)
1810 - Alfred de Musset, Paris, writer (Un Caprice, Bettine)
1823 - Yury Nikolayevich Golitsin, composer
1835 - Adolf Stoecker, German anti semite/PM
1836 - Jan Boissevain, Dutch politician/ship owner
1838 - Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG)
1838 - Whitney Eugene Thayer, composer
1840 - Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872)
Microbiologist Robert KochMicrobiologist Robert Koch (1843) 1843 - Robert Koch, German bacteriologist (TB, cholera, Nobel 1905)
1849 - Ellen Key, Swedish theory/author/feminist (Courageous Woman)
1855 - Julian Edwards, composer
1856 - Georgi V Plechanov, Russian revolutionary theorist
1858 - Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director (d. 1943)
1863 - Annie Jump Cannon, Dover Delware, US stellar spectroscopist (Harvard-classification)
1868 - Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer
1873 - Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
1874 - Paul Wegener, German actor/director (Student of Prag)
1876 - Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, composer
Astronomer Annie Jump CannonAstronomer Annie Jump Cannon (1863) 1880 - Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (d. 1951)
1882 - Fiorello La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45)
1882 - Max Born, Germany, physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954)
1882 - Subramanya Bharathy, Indian poet (d. 1921)
1889 - Paul Kornfeld, writer
1889 - Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)
1890 - Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires, Argentine singer and the most prominent figure in the history of tango (d. 1935)
1892 - Leo Ornstein, Kremenchug Russia, composer (Bio in Sonata Form)
1896 - Georgi K Zjukov, Russian minister of Defense (WW II) [OS-Dec 2]
1898 - Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish poet (Barfotabarn)
Singer Carlos GardelSinger Carlos Gardel (1890) 1899 - Vera von der Heydt, psychoanalyst
1904 - Joe Coral, bookmaker
1904 - Marge, American cartoonist (d 1993)
1905 - Eugen Fink, German philosopher
1905 - Gilbert Roland, [Luis Alonso], Juarez Mex, actor (Juarez, Barbarosa)
1905 - Koos van de Griend, composer
1905 - Robert Henriques, English writer (d. 1967)
1906 - Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
1907 - Norbert Rosseau, composer
1908 - Elliott Cook Carter Jr, NYC, composer (Tom & Lily), (d. 2012)
1909 - Ronald McKie, Australian author (d. 1991)
1909 - John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d.1989)
1910 - Robert Grieve, civil servant
1910 - Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
1911 - Nagib Machfus, Egyptian writer (Nobel 1988)
1911 - Vincent Henry Kemp, poet
1912 - Carlo Ponti, Magenta, Lombardy, Italian producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago)
1913 - Jean Marais, Cherbourgh France, actor (Donkey Skin, Orpheus)
1915 - Anna van Beers, [Graeve], actress (A Woman like Eve)
1916 - Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban-born bandleader (d. 1989)
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr SolzhenitsynWriter and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918) 1918 - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Kislovodsk, Russia, writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel 1970), (d. 2008)
1919 - Marie Windsor, [Emily Marie Bertelson], Utah, American actress (Double Deal)
1920 - Eddy Firestone, SF California, actor (Eddy-Mixed Doubles)
1921 - Maila Nurmi, Petsamo Finland, actress (Vampira)
1922 - Grace Paley, writer (1970 Arts & Letters Award)
1922 - Peter Birch, Bronx, choreographer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen)
1922 - Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (d. 2005)
1922 - Dilip Kumar, Indian actor
1923 - Betsy Blair, actress (Marty)
1925 - Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist, Nobel laureate
1926 - Big Mama Thornton, blues singer (Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt)
1927 - Stein Eriksen, Norway, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952)
1927 - John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)
1928 - Tomas Gutierrez Alea, filmmaker
1929 - S P "Fergie" Gupte, cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner)
1930 - Jean-Louis Trintignant, France, actor/director (Man & a Woman, Z)
1930 - Leonard Friedman, violinist
1930 - Chus Lampreave, Spanish actress
1931 - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, leader B-sect/guru of rich
1931 - Richard Devon, Glendale CA, actor (Battle of Blood Island)
Singer/Dancer/Actress Rita MorenoSinger/Dancer/Actress Rita Moreno (1931) 1931 - Rita Moreno, [Rosita Dolores Alverío], Humacao, Puerto Rico, singer, dancer and actress (West Side Story)
1932 - Anne Heywood, [Violet Pretty], Engl, Miss GB (1949)/actress (Brain)
1932 - Wynn Irwin, NYC, actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time)
1933 - Earnest P van Altena, author/interpreter (Chansons van Earnest)
1933 - Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician
1934 - Salim Durani, cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's)
1935 - Femke Boersma, Dutch actress (Verjaring, Pastorale 1943)
1935 - Ferdinand A. Porsche, Stuttgart, Germany, car designer (Porsche 911), (d. 2012)
1935 - Ron Carey, American actor (d. 2007)
1935 - Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician
1936 - Hans van den Broek, Dutch foreign minister (-1992)
1936 - Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician
1937 - Adrian J Vlok, South African NP-minister of Law & Order (1986- )
1937 - Jim Harrison, American writer
1938 - Enrico Macias, Algerian-born French singer
1938 - McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist
1939 - David Gates, Tulsa Ok, rock vocalist (Bread-Baby I'm A Want You)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 4 of 4

1946 - "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock and roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen HarperPrime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper (1993) 1993 - Canada's PM Stephen Harper (34) weds Laureen Teskey (30)
2010 - "Good Charlotte" lead vocalist Joel Madden (31) weds fashion designer and actress Nicole Richie (30) at Beverly Hills, California
2010 - Actress Joanna Garcia (32) weds New York Yankees` Nick Swisher (31) at Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 103

711 - Justitianus II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at about 42
1121 - Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)
1226 - Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
1282 - Michael VIII, Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1259-82), dies
1524 - Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
1532 - Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1455)
1573 - Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
1582 - Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, marquis of Soria, dies at about 75
1595 - Philip III van Croij, prince of Chimay/general, dies at 69
1610 - Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, buried at 32
1610 - Forges Dimitri 2, czar of Russia, murdered
1686 - Louis II Condé, duke of Bourbon, dies at 65
1694 - Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)
1718 - Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
1737 - John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
1747 - Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)
1748 - Ewald G von Kleist, German lawyer/inventor of condensator, dies at 55
1756 - Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer/king, dies
1797 - Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
1817 - Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
1831 - John George Schetky, composer, dies at 55
1840 - Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
1847 - Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
1857 - Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73
1872 - Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
1880 - Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
1891 - Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
1892 - William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
1899 - Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
1902 - Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
1903 - Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
1909 - Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
1911 - Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, dies at 92
1918 - Ivan Cankar, Slavic author (Hlapec Jernej), dies at 42
1930 - Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
1933 - Emile C Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
1941 - John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
1941 - Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
1945 - Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
1950 - Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)
1955 - Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51
1955 - Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
1959 - Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)
1964 - Percy Kilbride, actor (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
1964 - Sam Cooke, Clarksdale, Mississippi, US musician ('A Change is Gonna Come') shot to death at 33
1967 - Howard Freeman, actor (Double Dynamite), dies after illness in NYC
1967 - Richard Stohr, composer, dies at 93
1967 - Victor De Sabata, composer, dies at 75
1968 - Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
1971 - Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
1972 - John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies
1972 - Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
1974 - Reed Hadley, actor (Racket Squad, Public Defender), dies at 63
1975 - Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)
1978 - Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
1978 - Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
1979 - Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
1979 - James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
1983 - Szymon Laks, composer, dies at 82
1983 - Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
1984 - George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
1984 - Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
1986 - Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
1987 - G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
1989 - Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
1990 - Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
1991 - Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
1991 - Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
1991 - Headman Tshabala, musician (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), slain at 44
1991 - Robert Q Lewis, US comic/TV panel member (RQL Show), dies at 70
1992 - Michael Robbins, actor (Lunch Hour, On the Buses), dies at 62
1992 - Vilma Banky, silent film actress (Eagle, Rebel), dies at about 90
1993 - Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
1993 - Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
1994 - Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WW II), dies at 102
1994 - Yao Yilin, Vice PM of China (1979), dies
1994 - Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
1995 - Arthur Mullard, comedian, dies at 82
1995 - John Heawood, actor singer/choreographer (Pleasure Garden), dies at 75
1995 - Robert Shelton (Shapiro), journalist, dies at 69
1996 - Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
1996 - Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
1996 - W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot, dies at 82
1996 - William George Rushton, actor (TW3)/author/cartoonist, dies at 59
1997 - Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
1998 - André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
1998 - Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
2000 - Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
2000 - David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
2003 - Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
2004 - Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
2004 - M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
2004 - José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
2006 - Elizabeth Bolden, American, oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death (b. 1890)
2007 - Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
2007 - Grace Paley, American writer (b. 1922)
2007 - Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)
Playboy Pin-up Model Bettie PagePlayboy Pin-up Model Bettie Page (2008) 2008 - Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85
2008 - Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
2010 - Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)

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