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What happened on December 11? There are more than 264 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 11

December 11 is the 345th day of the year 2018. There are 20 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday. This day falls under the 50th week of the year 2018.

On this day in Garwin, Iowa 50632 sunrise will occur at 01:29 PM and sunset will occur at 10:39 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 56 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 5, 2019).

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Historical Events For December 11

  • 361
    Julian the Apostate enters Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 969
    Byzatine Emperor Nikephoros II is assassinated by his wife Theofano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.
  • 1282
    Llywelyn the Last, the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales.
  • 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.
  • 1789
    The University of North Carolina is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • 1792
    French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
  • 1815
    the U.S. Senate created a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
  • 1816
    Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.
  • 1868
    Brazilians defeat Paraguayans at the Battle of Avaí during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1905
    A workers’ uprising occurs in Kiev and establishes the Shuliavka Republic.
  • 1907
    The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1917
    British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.
  • 1925
    Roman Catholic papal encyclical Quas Primas introduces the Feast of Christ the King.
  • 1927
    Guangzhou Uprising: Communist militia and worker Red Guards launch an uprising in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, taking over most of the city and announcing the formation of a Guangzhou Soviet.
  • 1931
    The British Parliament enacts the Statute of Westminster 1931, establishing legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
  • 1934
    Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time.
  • 1936
    Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII’s abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India becomes effective.
  • 1937
    Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italy leaves the League of Nations.
  • 1941
    World War II: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on Germany and Italy.
  • 1946
    The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.
  • 1948
    The United Nations passes General Assembly Resolution 194, which established and defined the role of the United Nations Conciliation Commission as an organization to facilitate peace in the British Mandate for Palestine.
  • 1958
    French Upper Volta gains self-government from France, becomes the Republic of Upper Volta, and joins the French Community.
  • 1960
    French forces crack down in a violent clash with protesters in French Algeria during a visit by French president Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1962
    Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • 1964
    Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
  • 1972
    Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
  • 1980
    The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA or Superfund, is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1981
    El Mozote massacre: Armed forces in El Salvador kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War.
  • 1993
    Forty-eight people are killed when a block of the Highland Towers collapses near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 1994
    A bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, en route from Manila to Tokyo, killing one. The captain is able to safely land the plane.
  • 1994
    First Chechen War: Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya.
  • 1997
    The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature.
  • 1998
    Thai Airways Flight 261 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101. The pilot flying the Thai Airways Airbus A310-300 is thought to have suffered spatial disorientation.
  • 2001
    The People’s Republic of China joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 2005
    Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who are not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed up by retaliatory ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 2005
    The Buncefield Oil Depot catches fire in Hemel Hempstead, England.
  • 2006
    Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the president of Mexico, launches a military-led offensive to put down the drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacan. This effort is often regarded as the first event in the Mexican Drug War.
  • 2006
    The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Nations such as Israel and the United States express concern.
  • 2007
    Two car bombs explode at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.
  • 2008
    Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Who Were Born On December 11?

  • 1465
    Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese shogun (d. 1489)
  • 1475
    Pope Leo X (d. 1521)
  • 1566
    Manuel Cardoso, Portuguese composer (d. 1650)
  • 1680
    Emanuele d'Astorga, Italian composer (d. 1736)
  • 1709
    Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1742)
  • 1712
    Francesco Algarotti, Italian philosopher (d. 1764)
  • 1725
    George Mason, American statesman (d. 1792)
  • 1761
    Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Italian physicist (d. 1835)
  • 1781
    Sir David Brewster, Scottish physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1801
    Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German writer (d. 1836)
  • 1803
    Hector Berlioz, French composer (d. 1869)
  • 1810
    Alfred de Musset, French poet (d. 1857)
  • 1830
    Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (d. 1872)
  • 1838
    John Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (d. 1915)
  • 1843
    Robert Koch, German bacteriologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1856
    Georgi Plekhanov, Russian revolutionary and Marxist theoretician (d. 1918)
  • 1858
    Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director (d. 1943)
  • 1863
    Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer (d. 1941)
  • 1873
    Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1875
    Yehuda Leib Maimon, Bassarabian-born Israeli rabbi and government minister (d. 1962)
  • 1880
    Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (d. 1951)
  • 1882
    Fiorello La Guardia, American statesman (d. 1947)
  • 1882
    Max Born, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1882
    Subramanya Bharathy, Indian poet (d. 1921)
  • 1883
    Victor McLaglen, English-born American actor (d. 1959)
  • 1884
    Piet Ooms, Dutch freestyle swimmer and water polo player (d. 1961)
  • 1889
    Walter Knott, American farmer (d. 1981)
  • 1890
    Carlos Gardel, tango singer (d. 1935)
  • 1890
    Mark Tobey, American painter (d. 1976)
  • 1897
    Ronald Skirth, conscientious objector of the First World War (d. 1977)
  • 1904
    Marge, American cartoonist (d. 1993)
  • 1905
    Gilbert Roland, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1905
    Robert Henriques, English writer (d. 1967)
  • 1908
    Amon Göth, commandant of Nazi concentration camp (d. 1946)
  • 1908
    Elliott Carter, American composer
  • 1908
    Manoel de Oliveira, Portuguese director
  • 1909
    John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d. 1989)
  • 1909
    Ronald McKie, Australian author (d. 1991)
  • 1910
    Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (d. 1937)
  • 1911
    Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 2006)
  • 1911
    Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (d. 2009)
  • 1911
    Val Guest, English film director (d. 2006)
  • 1912
    Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (d. 2007)
  • 1913
    Jean Marais, French actor (d. 1998)
  • 1916
    Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cuban-born bandleader (d. 1989)
  • 1918
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer and Soviet dissident, Nobel laureate (d. 2008)
  • 1918
    Clinton Adams, American artist (d. 2002)
  • 1919
    Marie Windsor, American actress (d. 2000)
  • 1921
    Liz Smith, British actress
  • 1922
    Dilip Kumar, Indian actor
  • 1922
    Grace Paley, American writer (d. 2007)
  • 1922
    Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Maila Nurmi, Finnish-American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1923
    Betsy Blair, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1924
    Doc Blanchard, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1925
    Aaron Feuerstein, American businessman
  • 1925
    Paul Greengard, American neuroscientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1926
    Big Mama Thornton, American singer (d. 1984)
  • 1927
    John Buscema, American comics artist (d. 2002)
  • 1930
    Chus Lampreave, Spanish actress
  • 1930
    Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor
  • 1931
    Osho, Mystic (d. 1990)
  • 1931
    Pierre Pilote, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1931
    Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress
  • 1931
    Ronald Dworkin, American philosopher
  • 1932
    Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian modern pentathlon Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki) (d. 2010)
  • 1932
    Anne Heywood, English actress
  • 1932
    Enrique Bermúdez, Nicaraguan Contra leader (d. 1991)
  • 1933
    Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician
  • 1935
    Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • 1935
    Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician
  • 1935
    Ron Carey, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1936
    Hans van den Broek, Dutch politician
  • 1936
    Taku Yamasaki, Japanese politician
  • 1937
    Jim Harrison, American writer
  • 1938
    Enrico Macias, Algerian-born French singer
  • 1938
    McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist
  • 1938
    Reg Livermore, Australian entertainer
  • 1939
    Thomas McGuane, American writer
  • 1939
    Tom Hayden, American politician and activist
  • 1940
    David Gates, American musician (Bread)
  • 1941
    J. Frank Wilson, American singer (J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers) (d. 1991)
  • 1941
    J. P. Parisé, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1941
    Max Baucus, American politician, senior senator of Montana
  • 1941
    Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch conductor and composer (d. 1988)
  • 1942
    Donna Mills, American actress
  • 1943
    John Kerry, American politician
  • 1944
    Brenda Lee, American singer
  • 1944
    Jon Garrison, American tenor
  • 1944
    Lynda Day George, American actress
  • 1944
    Teri Garr, American film actress
  • 1946
    Rhoma Irama, Indonesian musician, King of Dangdut
  • 1946
    Susan Kyle (aka Diana Palmer, Susan S. Kyle, Diana Blayne, Katy Currie), American writer
  • 1948
    Stamatis Spanoudakis, Greek composer
  • 1950
    Christina Onassis, American heiress (d. 1988)
  • 1950
    Nino Frassica, Italian actor
  • 1951
    Ria Stalman, Dutch discus thrower
  • 1953
    Bess Armstrong, American actress
  • 1954
    Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson, Icelandic engineer
  • 1954
    Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5)
  • 1954
    Santiago Creel, Mexican politician
  • 1955
    Christian Sackewitz, German footballer
  • 1955
    Stu Jackson, American basketball head coach
  • 1956
    Andrew Lansley, British politician
  • 1956
    Lani Brockman, American actress, director and playwright
  • 1958
    Isabella Hofmann, American actress
  • 1958
    Nikki Sixx, American musician (Mötley Crüe)
  • 1960
    Rachel Portman, English film composer
  • 1961
    Marco Pierre White, English chef and restaurateur
  • 1962
    Ben Browder, American actor
  • 1962
    Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer
  • 1962
    Paul Haslinger, Austrian-born composer
  • 1963
    John Lammers, Dutch footballer and football manager
  • 1963
    Jon Brion, American musician/record producer
  • 1963
    Mario Been, Dutch footballer and football manager
  • 1964
    Carolyn Waldo, Canadian synchronized swimmer
  • 1964
    Cosy Sheridan, American singer
  • 1964
    David Schools, American musician (Widespread Panic)
  • 1964
    John Mark Karr, American who claimed involvement in JonBenét Ramsey case
  • 1964
    Justin Currie, Scottish singer and songwriter
  • 1964
    Michel Courtemanche, French Canadian comedian
  • 1965
    Giannis Ragousis, Greek politician
  • 1965
    Jay Bell, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Gary Dourdan, American actor
  • 1966
    Leon Lai, Hong Kong Cantonese singer/actor
  • 1967
    DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A)
  • 1967
    Mo'Nique, American actress/comedienne
  • 1968
    Fabrizio Ravanelli, Italian footballer
  • 1969
    Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer
  • 1969
    Sean Grande, American sportscaster
  • 1969
    Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer
  • 1969
    Viswanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, current World Chess Champion
  • 1971
    Willie McGinest, American football player
  • 1972
    Daniel Alfredsson, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Sami Al-Jaber, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1973
    Mos Def, American rapper and actor
  • 1974
    Ben Shephard, English TV personality
  • 1974
    Lisa Ortiz, TV animation and video game voice actress.
  • 1974
    Maarten Lafeber, Dutch professional golfer
  • 1974
    Rey Mysterio, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1975
    Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist
  • 1975
    Tomoka Kurotani, Japanese actress
  • 1976
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Rider Strong, American actor
  • 1980
    Arya, Indian actor
  • 1981
    Hamish Blake, Australian comedian
  • 1981
    Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer
  • 1981
    Nikki Benz, Ukraine-born Canadian pornographic actress
  • 1981
    Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer
  • 1981
    Zacky Vengeance, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • 1982
    Pablo Pérez Companc, Argentine racing driver
  • 1983
    Yoh Miyamori, Japanese musician (Orange Range)
  • 1984
    Leighton Baines, English footballer
  • 1984
    Spyros Vrontaras, Greek footballer
  • 1985
    Aiko Kayo, Japanese idol singer
  • 1985
    Shelby Holliday, Television personality
  • 1987
    Clifton Geathers, American football player
  • 1987
    Natalia Gordienko, Moldovan singer and dancer
  • 1988
    Tim Southee, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1989
    Murugan Thiruchelvam, English chess player
  • 1996
    Hailee Steinfeld, American actress

Who Died On December 11?

  • 384
    Pope Damasus I
  • 969
    Nikephoros II Phokas (b. c. 912)
  • 1121
    Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Galilean political advisor (b. 1066)
  • 1226
    Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1241
    Emperor Ogedei Khan of the Mongol Empire
  • 1282
    Michael VIII Palaiologos (b. 1225)
  • 1282
    Prince Llywelyn the Last of Wales
  • 1532
    Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1455)
  • 1582
    Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alba, Spanish territorial governor (b. 1508)
  • 1694
    Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)
  • 1737
    John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1747
    Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. c. 1675)
  • 1797
    Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • 1826
    Empress Maria Leopoldina of Austria of Empire of Brazil (b. 1797)
  • 1840
    Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
  • 1872
    King Kamehameha V of Hawaii (b. 1830)
  • 1880
    Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • 1892
    William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • 1909
    Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • 1918
    Ivan Cankar, Slovenian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1920
    Olive Schreiner, South African writer (b. 1855)
  • 1938
    Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1869)
  • 1941
    Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
  • 1941
    John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1945
    Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1950
    Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)
  • 1957
    Musidora (Jeanne Roques), French actress (b. 1889)
  • 1959
    Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1964
    Percy Kilbride, American actor (b. 1888)
  • 1964
    Sam Cooke, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 1968
    Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times 1935-61 (b. 1891)
  • 1968
    Richard Sagrits, Estonian painter (b. 1910)
  • 1971
    Maurice McDonald, American fast-food entrepreneur (b. 1902)
  • 1975
    Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (b. 1908)
  • 1978
    Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 1978
    Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1979
    James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • 1984
    Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1987
    G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1991
    Artur Lundkvist, Swedish author and critic (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    Robert Q. Lewis, American game show host (b. 1921)
  • 1992
    Michael Robbins, English actor (b. 1930)
  • 1993
    Elvira Popescu, Romanian-born French actress (b. 1894)
  • 1994
    Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1995
    Arthur Mullard, English comedy actor (b. 1910)
  • 1996
    Willie Rushton, English cartoonist and magazine publisher (b. 1937)
  • 1997
    Eddie Chapman, British World War II spy (b. 1914)
  • 1998
    André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • 2000
    David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2000
    Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2004
    Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand track & field coach (b. 1917)
  • 2004
    José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • 2004
    M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Elizabeth Bolden, American supercentenarian (b. 1890)
  • 2007
    Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2008
    Bettie Page, American model (b. 1923)
  • 2008
    Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2010
    Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)


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