December 11 Events in History - December 11 Birthdays - December 11 Deaths
2014 A 219-year-old time capsule is being excavated from beneath the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in Boston; the capsule, first found in 1855 and reburied, is likely the oldest in the U.S.
2014 Photo-sharing application Instagram has overtaken short-messaging application Twitter with over 300 million monthly users to Twitter's 284 million
2013 Pope Francis is named 'Time' magazine's 'Person of the Year'
2013 Twenty people die on the island of Madagascar from bubonic plague, which is transmitted to humans via rat fleas; chronic overcrowding and unhygienic prison conditions are identified as the root cause of the outbreak
2012 The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, undergoes surgery for cancer in Cuba
2012 Thousands of union employees protest outside of the capital building in Lansing, Michigan, as Michigan's government passes legislation, becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state, and most highly unionized state in the U.S. to have such laws
2011 The Cote d'Ivoire holds Parliamentary elections
2011 In Taipei, protesters demand Taiwan's 200,000 foreign live-in caregivers receive the legal right to a weekly day off
2010 China's inflation rate reaches 5.1%, a 28-month high
2010 The 46-year old son of convicted fraud king Bernard Madoff kills himself in a Manhattan apartment
1997 "Sunshine Boys," opens at Lyceum Theater New York City
1997 Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows
1995 Thomas O Hicks buys NHL Dallas Stars for $84 million
1994 Kelly Robbins and Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
1994 Russian troops pull inside Tsjetsjenia
1993 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State (quarterback)
1993 Eduardo Frei elected president of Chile
1992 Nor'easter storm hits NY, doing 1 billion dollars worth of damage
1992 WNEW AM radio on 1130 in New York City ends transmitting after 58 years
1990 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tennessee I-75, due to fog
1990 U.S. 69th manned space mission STS-35 (Columbia 11) returns from space
1989 "City of Angels" opens at Virginia Theater New York City for 878 performances
1989 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year Kansas City Royals contract
1987 Test debut of Carl Hooper, WI vs. India at Bombay
1986 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's National League
1986 South Africa censors press
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 and its subsidiary, NBC
1985 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 and ties record of 21 goals
1984 "Doug Henning and His World..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne New York City for 60 perf
1984 Mauretania military coup under Col Maawiya Ould Sid'ahmed Taya
1983 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)
1983 72nd Australian Mens Tennis: Mats Wilander beats Ivan Lendl (61 64 64)
1983 Jan Stephens/Fred Couples wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
1981 Argentine president/general Roberto Viola flees
1981 Muhammad Ali's 61st and last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
1981 Peru's Javier Perez de Cuellar becomes Secretary-General of UN
1981 Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
1981 U.N. Sec Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru as 5th Sec Genl
1981 Washington Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
1980 Dirk Wellham scores 100 on 1st-class debut, NSW vs. Victoria
1979 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
1979 Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
1978 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at New York Kennedy Airport and made off with $5.8 M in cash and jewelry
1977 Billboard Awards
1975 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
1975 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis and Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich
1973 Houston Astro Caesar Cedino jailed in death of 19 year old woman
1973 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle and 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 Czechoslovakia
1972 Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
1972 Jet's Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
1970 Start of the 1st Test match at the WACA, vs. England
1970 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Stephen Chappell
1969 Libya adopts constitution
1968 KECC (now KECY) TV channel 9 in El Centro, California (CBS) 1st broadcast
1968 U.S. Soccer Football Assoc refuses to let NASL disband
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 SST prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
1966 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
1965 "Anya" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 16 performances
1965 "Yearling" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 3 performances
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 and stays #1 for 20 weeks
1961 John F. Kennedy provides U.S. miltary helicopters and crews to South Vietnam
1960 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
1960 Coleman/Leigh's musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in New York City
1960 Cleveland's Bernie Parrish sets club record for longest interception return with a 92 yard run
1959 Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri
1958 4th (last) Dutch government of Drees falls
1958 Archibald MacLeish's "JB," premieres in New York City
1958 Upper Volta (now Bourkina Fasso) gains autonomy from France
1956 Anti-Russian demonstrates in Stettin and Wroclaw Poland
1954 USS Forrestal christened in Newport News, Va
1953 KTVA TV channel 11 in Anchorage (CBS) becomes Alaska's 1st TV station
1951 Joe DiMaggio announces his baseball retirement
1950 Baseball owners vote 9-7 not to renew Commissioner Chandler's contract
1950 Hindemiths Concerto for clarinet, premieres
1949 Chicago Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cards (52-29)
1949 Cleveland Browns beat San Francisco '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
1949 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, Texas (NBC) 1st broadcast
1948 WHEN (now WTVH) TV channel 5 in Syracuse, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
1948 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
1947 "Angel in the Wings" opens at Coronet Theater New York City for 308 performances
1947 Bob Hilliard/Carl Sigman's musical "Angel in Wings," premieres in New York City
1947 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
1946 Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label
1946 Spain suspended from UN
1946 U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)
1945 Het Parool publishes 1st Captain Rob-strip
1944 Surprise attack on House of Keeping Axe, 29 prisoners freed
1942 Australian/Dutch guerrilla troops evacuated to Timor near Australia
1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
1941 Germany and Italy declare war on US
1941 Giants acquire Johnny Mize from Cards for 3 players and $50,000
1941 Japanese attack Wake Island (only failed WW II-landing)
1941 Japanese occupy Guam
1940 Russian general Zhukov warns of German assault
1939 New anti Jewish measurements in Poland, proclaimed
1938 New York Giants win NFL championship
1937 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
1937 Italy withdraws from League of Nations
1936 King Edward VIII marries Mrs. Wallis Simpson; abdicates throne Duke of York becomes King George VI
1934 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland
1934 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
1934 Ford Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
1934 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
1932 SF's coldest day (27 degrees F) - it snows
1931 Japan leaves the Golden Standard
1931 British Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd
1930 Bank of the United States opens in New York City
1928 Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on President-elect Herbert Hoover
1928 NL President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers
1926 Josephine Baker goes up in Amsterdam
1926 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, vs. NSW
1925 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Quas Primas
1919 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Ala
1917 13 black soldiers hanged for alleged participation in Houston riot
1917 German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
1916 David Lloyd George forms British war government
1914 Stockton Street Tunnel (SF) completed
1909 Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, New York City
1909 Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000
1908 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden," premieres
1906 U.S. president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
1905 120 degrees F (49 degrees C), Rivadavia, Argentina (South American record)
1905 British government of Campbell-Bannerman forms
1903 British forces under MacDonald and Young march into Tibet
1901 Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Nfld
1899 Battle of Magers' fountain - Boer leader Cronje vs. General Methuen
1893 11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed
1888 French Panama Canal company fails
1882 Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
1882 Victorien Sardous "Fedora," with Sarah Bernhardt, premieres in Paris
1872 1st black U.S. Governor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La)
1866 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean
1844 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Ct
1816 Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
1816 Indiana becomes 19th state
1812 1st newspaper on Curaeao (Curaeao Gazette and Commercial Advertiser)
1792 France's King Louis XVI went on trial, accused of treason
1730 Voltaire's "Brutus," premieres in Paris
1719 1st recorded display of Aurora Borealis in U.S. (New England)
1718 Battle at Frederikshall Norway
1710 Battle of Villa Viciosa (France beat Habsburgers)
1688 King James II arrested
1665 "Messiah" Sjabtai Tswi festival in Smyrna
1620 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock
1618 Russia and Poland signs Peace treaty of Dailino
1572 Spanish troops begin siege of Haarlem
1477 Duchess Maria van Bourgondie ends Great Privilegie
1419 Heretic Nicolaas Serrurier exiled from Florence
384 St. Damasus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope