Today In History - April 11th

Posted By : Michael Phillips  |   Posted On:April 11, 2017  |   Views: 212

What happened on this day in history?

1888 – Industrialist Henry Ford marries Clara Jan Bryant.

1890 – Eillis Island, New York is designated as an immigration station.

Ellis Island

1893 – Hostilities formally end in the American Revolutionary War.

1898 – American President William Mckinley asks Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.

1899 – Treaty of Paris ratifies ends war; Spain cedes Puerto Rico to US.

1907 – NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes the first catcher to wear shin guards.

Roger Bresnahan

1912 – RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland, for New York City.

1914 – Mexican President Huerta breaks off diplomatic relations with the US.

1919 – The International Labour Organization is founded.

1921 – Iowa imposed first state cigarette tax.

1921 – First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.

1936 – Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1

1941 – German bomber blitz Coventry, England.

1941 – Jewish Weekly newspaper taken control of by Nazis

1945 – US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp “Buchenwald”

1950 – Prince Rainer III becomes ruler of Monaco

Prince Raineir

1951 – President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.

1953 – US Department of Health, Education and Welfare is created.

1954 – Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open.

1956 – Singer Nat King Cole is attacked on stage of a Birmingham theater in a racial incident.

1957 – Ryan X-13 Vertijet becomes first jet to take-off and land vertically.

1959 – Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his second Opening Day homerun.

1961 – Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.

1961 – Bob Dylan makes his first appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village.

1961 – Fifteenth NBA Championship; Boston Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1.

1962 – New York Mets loses its debut game in Major League Baseball.

1963 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1965 – Twenty-ninth Masters Tournament; Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271.

1965 – Forty tornadoes strike in US, killing 272 and injuring over 5,000.

1966 – Thirtieth Master Golf Tournament; Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288.

1966 – Emmett Ashford becomes first black major league baseball umpire.

1966 – Frank Sinatra records “Strangers in the Night”.

1968 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

1970 – Apollo 13 launched for Moon landing.

1972 – USSR performs an underground nuclear test.

1974 – The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.

1976 – The Apple I computer, created by Steve Wozniak is released


1980 – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulates sexual harassment.

1981 – Larry Holmes beast Trevor Holmes in fifteen rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.

1981 – Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen.

1983 – Fifty-fifth Academy Awards; “Gandhi” wins best picture, Ben Kingsley wins best actor and Meryl Steep wins best actress.

1984 – Challenger astronauts complete the first in-space satellite repair.

1991 – The United Nations Security Council issues formal ceasefire with Iraq.

1992 – Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3.

1992 – Actor Christopher Reeve marries singer Dana Morosini

1993 – At the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility 450 prisoners riot, citing prison conditions and forced vaccination of Nation of Islam prisoners (for tuberculosis).

1996 – “King & I” premieres at Neil Simon Theater in New York City.

2000 – AT&T Park in San Francisco, Minute Maid Park in Houston, and Comerica Park in Detroit open.

2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

2007 – Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora divorce due to irreconcilable differences.

2007 – American author, Kurt Vonnegut Jr dies at the age of 84, from head trauma.

2012 – Film “The Avengers” premieres, directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr.

2013 – American comedian and actor, Jonathan Winters dies at the age of 87, of natural causes.

Jonathan Winters

2013 – Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China.

2014 – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame indcutees; Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.

2015 – Leighton Aspell aboard Many Clouds wins 168th Grand National.

2015 – President Barack Obama and Raul Castro meet in Panama, the first meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution.

 Castro & Obama

If today is your birthday, you share it with the following people:

1913 – Oleg Cassini, fashion designer

1925 – Ethel Kennedy, wife of Robert Kennedy

1935 – Richard Kuklinski, American mafia hit-man.

1939 – Louise Lasser, American Actress (Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!)

Louise Lasser

1962 – Terry Hoage, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)

1963 – Chris Ferguson, American professional poker player

1964 – Steve Azar, Americn singer-songwriter

1966 – Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)

1973 – Monica Chala, Miss Universe-Ecuador (1996)

1973 – Jennifer Esposito, American television actor

1980 – Mark Teixeira, American professional baseball player


1984 – Kelli Garner, American actress

1994 – Dakota Blue Richards, English actress

2002 – Alexa Gerasimovich, American actress


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