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Today In History [11th December, 2014]

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A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred
on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the
areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts,
entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in
history.
Today in History
December 11
1688 James II abdicates the throne because of William of
Orange landing in England.
1816 Indiana is admitted to the Union as the 19th state.
1861 A raging fire sweeps the business district of
Charleston, South Carolina, adding to an already depressed
economic state.
1862 Union General Ambrose Burnside occupies
Fredericksburg and prepares to attack the Confederates
under Robert E. Lee.
1863 Union gunboats Restless, Bloomer and Caroline enter
St. Andrew’s Bay, Fla., and begin bombardment of both
Confederate quarters and saltworks.
1882 A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at
Boston’s Bijou Theatre becomes the first performance in a
theatre lit by incandescent electric lights.
1927 Nearly 400 world leaders sign a letter to President
Calvin Coolidge asking the United States to join the World
Court.
1930 As the economic crisis grows, the Bank of the United
States closes its doors.
1933 Reports say Paraguay has captured 11,000 Bolivians
in the war over Chaco.
1936 Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to
marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941 The United States declares war on Italy and Germany.
1943 U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull demands that
Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria withdraw from the war.
1945 A Boeing B-29 Superfortress shatters all records by
crossing the United States in five hours and 27 minutes.
1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.
1955 Israel raids Syrian positions on the Sea of Galilee.
1964 Frank Sinatra, Jr., is returned home to his parents after
being kidnapped for the ransom amount of $240,000.
1967 The Concorde, a joint British-French venture and the
world’s first supersonic airliner, is unveiled in Toulouse,
France.
1972 Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches
down on the moon’s surface, the last time that men visit the
moon.
1978 Massive demonstrations take place in Tehran against
the shah.
1981 Military forces in El Salvador kill over 800 civilians in
what is known as the El Mozote massacre during the
Salvadoran Civil War.
1997 The Kyoto Protocol international treaty intended to
reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses, opens for
signature.
2001 People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade
Organization.
2005 Cronulla riots begin in Cronulla, a suburb of Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia.
2006 President of Mexico Felipe Calderon launches a
military-led offensive against drug cartel violence in the state
of Michoacan.
2008 Bernard “Bernie” Madoff arrested and charged with
securities fraud in what was called a $50-billion Ponzi
scheme.
Born on December 11
1803 Hector Berlioz, French composer and conductor
(Symphonie Fantastique, La Damnation de Faust).
1843 Robert Koch, physician and medical researcher.
1882 Fiorella H. La Guardia, mayor of New York City from
1933 to 1945.
1911 Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian
novelist.
1918 Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and winner of
the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Famous for The Gulag
Archipelago.
1922 Grace Paley, short story writer.
1926 Willie “Big Mama” Thorton, blues singer.
1937 Jim Harrison, novelist and poet (Legends of the Fall).
1939 Tom McGuane, novelist and screenwriter (The Sporting
Club, Bushwacked Piano).
1939 Tom Hayden, social and political activist; author,
politician.
1940 Donna Mills, actress (Knots Landing TV series, Play
Misty for Me movie).
1943 John Kerry, politician; unsuccessful Democratic
nominee for President of the United States (2004); secretary
of state (2013– ).
1944 Teri Garr, actress, dancer (Tootsie, Mr. Mom).
1944 Brenda Lee, singer; her 37 US chart hits in the 1960s
is surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles
and Connie Francis (“I’m Sorry,” “Rockin’ Around the
Christmas Tree”).
1950 Christina Onassis, businesswoman; inherited and
operated the Onassis shipping businessh.
1981 Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, actor, author; won
Gold Logie Award for “Most Popular Personality on
Television”; half of award-winning comedy duo Hamish and
Andy (Andy Lee).

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