Historical Events on 11th December

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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)
Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles StandishMilitary Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish 1620 - Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"
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)
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
French Enlightenment Philosopher VoltaireFrench Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire 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
1901 - Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian electrical inventor, sends the first transatlantic radio signal
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 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.
1906 - US president Teddy 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, Alabama
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, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (which was not at that time part of Canada)
1932 - San Francisco'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 measures proclaimed in Poland
1940 - Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
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
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
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. SegrèPhysicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè 1960 - Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
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.
Argentine Revolutionary Che GuevaraArgentine Revolutionary Che Guevara 1965 - "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 16 performances
1965 - "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 3 performances
1966 - Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
1967 - 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
1967 - Beatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group-Grapefruit
1967 - People's front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
1967 - Supersonic airliner prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
1968 - KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, CA (CBS) 1st broadcast
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
1970 - Test Cricket debut of Gregory Stephen Chappell
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 on 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
1973 - NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
1973 - Ron Santo becomes 1st to invoke no-trade clause of 10-year-1-club vet
1973 - West German chancellor Willy Brandt normalizes trade with Czech
1975 - US 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie RandolphMLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph 1975 - Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich
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 NY Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
1979 - Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
1979 - Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
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/gen Roberto Viola flees
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad AliHeavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali 1981 - Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
1981 - Peru's Javier Perez de Cuellar becomes sec-gen of UN
1981 - Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
1981 - UN Secrity Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru as 5th Sec Genl
1981 - Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
1981 - El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
1983 - 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)
1983 - 72nd Australian Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (61 64 64)
Golfer and Masters Champion Fred CouplesGolfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples 1983 - Jan Stephens/Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1984 - "Doug Henning & His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 60 perf
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)
1985 - General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC
1985 - NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
1986 - A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
1986 - South Africa censors press
1987 - Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI v India at Bombay
1989 - "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances
1989 - Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
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 - 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (QB)
1993 - Eduardo Frei elected president of Chile
LPGA Golfer Kelly RobbinsLPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins 1994 - Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
1994 - Russian troops enter Chechnya
1995 - Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
1997 - "Sunshine Boys" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC
1997 - Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
1997 - Delegates from 150 industrial nations attending a United Nations climate conference in Kyoto, Japan, reach agreement on a protocol to control heat-trapping greenhouse gases; the protocol commita nations to roll back greenhouse gase emissions below 1990 levels
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.
NHL Legend Joe SakicNHL Legend Joe Sakic 2003 - Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver
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.
2006 - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by 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.
Iran President Mahmoud AhmadinejadIran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 2008 - Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme
2009 - Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
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.
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
2012 - British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world
Physicist Stephen HawkingPhysicist Stephen Hawking 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"

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