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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for December 11th

  • Year 220 » Cao Pi forces Emperor Xian of Han to abdicate the Han Dynasty throne. The Cao Wei empire is established. The Three Kingdoms period begins.
  • Year 361 » Julian the Apostate enters Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • Year 630 » Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to Conquest of Mecca named conquer Mecca.
  • Year 969 » List of Byzantine emperors e.g Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas is assassinated by his wife Theophano (10th century) known as Theophano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.
  • Year 1282 » Battle of Orewin Bridge: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, in mid-Wales.
  • Year 1688 » Glorious Revolution: James II of England, while trying to flee to France, allegedly throws the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames.
  • Year 1789 » The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or University of North Carolina is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Year 1792 » French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France Trial of Louis XVI known as is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
  • Year 1815 » The United States Senate e.g U.S. Senate creates a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
  • Year 1816 » Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.
  • Year 1868 » Paraguayan War: Brazilian Army e.g Brazilian troops defeat Paraguayan Army e.g Paraguayan at the Battle of Avay.
  • Year 1907 » The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • Year 1917 » World War I: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland named British General Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby named Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.
  • Year 1920 » Irish War of Independence: In retaliation for an Irish Republican Army named IRA ambush, British forces The Burning of Cork e.g burn and loot numerous buildings in Cork city. Many civilians also reported being beaten, shot at, robbed and verbally abused b
  • Year 1925 » Catholic Church named Roman Catholic Pope or papal encyclical 'Quas Primas' introduces the Feast of Christ the King.
  • Year 1927 » Guangzhou Uprising: Communist Party of China Communist Red Guards (China) Red Guards launch an uprising in Guangzhou, China, taking over most of the city and announcing the formation of a Guangzhou Soviet (council) Soviet.
  • Year 1931 » Statute of Westminster 1931: The Parliament of the United Kingdom British Parliament establishes legislative equality between the United Kingdom UK and the Dominions of the Commonwealth of Nations Commonwealth—Australia, Canada, Dominion of Newfound
  • Year 1934 » Bill W. e.g Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time.
  • Year 1937 » Second Italo–Ethiopian War: Kingdom of Italy known as Italy leaves the League of Nations.
  • Year 1941 » World War II: Second Polish Republic named Poland declares war on the Empire of Japan.
  • Year 1948 » 1948 Arab–Israeli War: The United Nations passes United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 named General Assembly Resolution 194, creating a United Nations Conciliation Commission known as Conciliation Commission to mediate the conflict.
  • Year 1958 » French Upper Volta and French Dahomey gain self-government from French Fourth Republic called France, becoming the Republic of Upper Volta and the Republic of Dahomey (now Benin), respectively, and joining the French Community.
  • Year 1960 » French forces crack down in a violent clash with protesters in French Algeria during a visit by President of France known as French President Charles de Gaulle.
  • Year 1962 » Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • Year 1964 » Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City called New York, New York.
  • Year 1968 » 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus', featuring the Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull (band) called Jethro Tull, the Who, Taj Mahal (musician) called Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and the Dirty Mac with Yoko Ono, is filmed in Wembley, London.
  • Year 1972 » 'Apollo 17' becomes the sixth and last Apollo program e.g Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
  • Year 1978 » The Lufthansa heist is committed by a group led by Lucchese crime family known as Lucchese family associate James Burke (gangster) named Jimmy Burke. It was the largest cash robbery ever committed on American soil, at that time.
  • Year 1980 » The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund) is enacted by the United States Congress known as U.S. Congress.
  • Year 1981 » El Mozote massacre: Armed forces in El Salvador kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the Salvadoran Civil War.
  • Year 1990 » Demonstrations by students and workers across Albania begin, which eventually triggers the fall of communism in Albania.
  • Year 1993 » Forty-eight people are killed when a block of the Highland Towers collapses near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Year 1994 » A bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, en route from Manila, Philippines, to Tokyo, Japan, killing one. The captain is able to safely land the plane.
  • Year 1994 » First Chechen War: President of Russia named Russian President Boris Yeltsin orders Russian troops into Chechnya.
  • Year 1997 » The Kyoto Protocol opens for signature.
  • Year 1998 » Thai Airways International Flight 261 Thai Airways Flight 261 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101. The pilot flying the Thai Airways International Thai Airways Airbus Airbus A310 A310-300 A310-300 is thought to have suffered spatial disorientati
  • Year 2005 » The Buncefield fire named Buncefield Oil Depot catches fire in Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom.
  • Year 2005 » 2005 Cronulla riots called Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanon e.g Lebanese (and many who are not) in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia. These are f
  • Year 2006 » Felipe Calderón, the President of Mexico, launches a Operation Michoacán or military-led offensive to put down the drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacán. This effort is often regarded as the first event in the Mexican Drug War.
  • Year 2006 » The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust is opened in Tehran, Iran, by then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; nations such as Israel and the United States express concern.
  • Year 2007 » Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present) called Insurgency in the Maghreb: December 11, 2007 Algiers bombings called Two car bombs explode in Algiers, Algeria, one near the Supreme Constitutional Court and the other near the offices of the United Nations.
  • Year 2008 » Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • Year 2012 » At least 125 people are killed and up to 200 injured in Aqrab massacre named bombings in the Alawite village of Aqrab, Syria.

World History for the Month of December