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What happened on August 11
- August 11, 0070 The Second Temple is destroyed by the Roman army in Jerusalem.
- August 11, 0355 "Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II."
- August 11, 0480 "BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Battle of Artemisium - The Persians achieve a naval victory over the Greeks in an engagement fought near Artemisium, a promontory on the north coast of Euboea. The Greek fleet holds its own against the Persians in three days of fighting but withdraws southward when news comes of the defeat at Thermopylae."
- August 11, 0586 BC - The First Temple (originally built by King Solomon) is destroyed by the Babylonians in Jerusalem.
- August 11, 1106 "Henry IV escapes his captors at Ingelheim, enters into negotiations at Cologne with English, French, and Danish supporters, begins to collect an army to oppose his treacherous son, but dies August 7 at age 54"
- August 11, 1259 "Mongke Khan, the Khagan of the Mongols, dies while conducting the siege against Fishing Town in Chongqing, China, then under the control of the Song Dynasty. International historical sources note three differing accounts of his death; one states he died of an arrow wound received from a Chinese archer during the siege; one states he was killed by dysentery; another states he was killed by a sudden cholera epidemic. Whatever the cause, his death sparks a succession crisis in the Mongol Empire between his brothers Kublai Khan and Ariq Bke."
- August 11, 1492 Alexander VI is elected Pope.
- August 11, 1711 The first race meeting was held at Ascot
- August 11, 1772 "Explosive eruption blows 4,000' off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000"
- August 11, 1786 Captain Francis Light established the British colony of Penang in Malaysia
- August 11, 1804 Francis II assumed title of first Emperor of Austria
- August 11, 1824 New South Wales is constituted a Crown colony.
- August 11, 1828 "William Corder is hanged at Bury St. Edmunds, England, for the murder of Maria Marten at the Red Barn a year ago."
- August 11, 1835 George B Airy begins 46-year reign as England's Astronomer Royal
- August 11, 1858 First ascent of the Eiger.
- August 11, 1860 "Nation's first successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nev)"
- August 11, 1863 French protectorate over Cambodia is established.
- August 11, 1877 Asaph Hall discovers Mars's moon Deimos
- August 11, 1909 "SOS first used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC"
- August 11, 1918 "Battle of Amiens ends in WW I, Allieds beat Germans"
- August 11, 1918 World War I - Battle of Amiens ends
- August 11, 1919 Constitution of Weimar Republic adopted
- August 11, 1919 The 12-time NFL champion Green Bay Packers were formed by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.
- August 11, 1920 "The Latvia-Bolshevist Russia peace treaty, which relinquished Russia's authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed."
- August 11, 1929 "Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio."
- August 11, 1933 "Temp reaches 136 degrees F (58? C) at San Luis Potos, Mex (world record)"
- August 11, 1934 Federal prison opened at Alcatraz Island.
- August 11, 1934 First federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay
- August 11, 1943 "Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg, 200 Squadron, RAF, won the Victoria Cross over the North Sea"
- August 11, 1944 An electric powered rescue hoist was installed on an HNS-1 helicopter at CGAS Floyd Bennett Field.
- August 11, 1945 Allies refuse Japan's surrender offer to retain Emperor Hirohito
- August 11, 1948 Summer Olympics opens in London
- August 11, 1952 Hussein proclaimed king of Jordan
- August 11, 1954 "Formal peace takes place, ending 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French and Communist Vietminh"
- August 11, 1956 "Elvis Presley releases ""Don't Be Cruel"""
- August 11, 1960 Chad declares independence
- August 11, 1960 "In the first recovery of an object after it had been in orbit, a Navy HRS-3 helicopter, operating from the Haiti Victory of the Pacific Missile Range, recovered the instrumented capsule discharged by Discoverer XIII"
- August 11, 1962 "Andrian G Nikolayev, becomes 3rd Russian in space aboard Vostok 3"
- August 11, 1962 "Beach Boys release ""Surfin' Safari"""
- August 11, 1964 "Beatles' ""A Hard Day's Night"" opens in NYC"
- August 11, 1964 Race riot in Paterson NJ
- August 11, 1965 6 day insurrection starts in Watts section of Los Angeles
- August 11, 1965 "Beatles movie ""Help"" opens in NYC"
- August 11, 1965 "Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in Watts area of Los Angeles, California."
- August 11, 1966 Last Beatle concert tour of the US begins
- August 11, 1968 The last steam passenger train service ran in Britain. A British Rail steam locomotive made the 314-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returned to Liverpool before being dispatched to the Wrecking yard.
- August 11, 1970 A trademark application by the Van Brode Milling Company for the word Spork was published by the USPTO.
- August 11, 1972 Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit depart South Vietnam.
- August 11, 1974 "Head-on collision between two buses kills 21 (Ankara, Turkey)"
- August 11, 1975 "East Timor: Governor Mrio Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin."
- August 11, 1975 US vetoes proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to UN
- August 11, 1976 "Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, collapses and is hospitalized in Miami"
- August 11, 1977 The first CH-46E Sea Knight with newly developed fiberglass rotor blades was flown by Marine Corps helicopter pilots
- August 11, 1978 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
- August 11, 1984 "Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, wins 4 Olym track golds"
- August 11, 1984 "During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he ""signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"""
- August 11, 1985 "Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz"
- August 11, 1987 Alan Greenspan becomes Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve.
- August 11, 1988 Meir Kahane renounced US citizenship to stay in Israeli Parliament
- August 11, 1989 """Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child"" premiers"
- August 11, 1989 Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
- August 11, 1990 Egypt and Morocco troops land in Saudi Arabia to prevent Iraqi invasion
- August 11, 1992 "The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota."
- August 11, 1994 "History was made on August 11, 1994, when the first retail transaction on the Internet was carried out using a readily available version of powerful data encryption software designed to guarantee privacy."
- August 11, 1999 A total solar eclipse visible from Europe and Asia.
- August 11, 1999 "The exceptional Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one."
- August 11, 2000 "On August 11, 2000, passenger Jonathan Burton broke through the cockpit door aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 while en route from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City. In their own defense, the other passengers restrained Burton who later died of the resulting injuries. ""Unfriendly Skies"", A CSI episode reflecting similar plot elements, aired on December 8, 2000."
- August 11, 2003 "A big heat wave in Paris had temperatures up to 112F (44 C), with about 144 people dead."
- August 11, 2003 "Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand."
- August 11, 2003 "NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history."
- August 11, 2006 "The largest string of firecrackers ever assembled is ignited in Buchanan, Wisconsin. It contains an estimated 10,500,000 firecrackers."
- August 11, 2006 The last software patent expired on the GIF format.
- August 11, 2009 "A court in Burma finds Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of violating the terms of her detention, and sentences her to a further 18 months house arrest."
- August 11, 2009 A court ruling in Pretoria bars President Jacob Zuma from appointing a successor to axed prosecutions chief Vusi Pikoli.
- August 11, 2009 A German court sentences former Nazi army commander Josef Scheungraber to life in prison for his role in the murder of 10 Italians in Tuscany in 1944.
- August 11, 2009 "A passenger plane carrying 13 people, including nine Australians, en route to Kokoda, site of a hiking trail and famous World War II battle, is reported missing over Papua New Guinea."
- August 11, 2009 A pilot flying from England to Ireland is airlifted to safety after his two-man aircraft crashes into the Irish Sea near Tuskar Rock.
- August 11, 2009 "A Russian woman is arrested after throwing a teacup at the Mona Lisa portrait in the Louvre, Paris."
- August 11, 2009 Argentina?s Cabinet Chief An¡bal Fern ndez comments on the suspension of the debt-ridden Primera Divisi¢n by saying that football transmission should be free because it is not only a national passion but an industry that generates many jobs and activity.
- August 11, 2009 "Former Cuban President Fidel Castro calls Colombia ""disloyal"", saying the pending military deal with the United States could be used to attack other Latin American countries."
- August 11, 2009 "Kuwait foils an al Qaeda-linked plan to bomb a United States army camp and other ""important facilities"" in the country."
- August 11, 2009 "Nepenthes attenboroughii, a new species of giant carnivorous plant, is discovered in the highlands of the central Philippines."
- August 11, 2009 Nine corpses are recovered from a Handlov coal mine following a fire and explosion in Slovakia. (Irish Independent) The government meets in emergency session and declares a day of mourning.
- August 11, 2009 Police in Pakistan register a criminal case with former President Pervez Musharraf over the latter's decision to detain judges in 2007.
- August 11, 2009 "President of Costa Rica, ?scar Arias S nchez is diagnosed with Influenza AH1N1 but his condition is stable, according to official reports."
- August 11, 2009 Rescue operations continue in southern China and Taiwan in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot.
- August 11, 2009 "Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delays sending a new ambassador to Ukraine after criticising its ""anti-Russian"" stance."
- August 11, 2009 "Swedish Princess Madeleine announces her engagement to lawyer and longterm boyfriend Jonas Bergstr”m, becoming the second royal in Sweden to announce her engagment after Crown Princess Victoria."
- August 11, 2009 The NASA Spitzer Space Telescope finds evidence of a high-speed collision between two burgeoning planets orbiting a young star.
- August 11, 2009 "Thousands of people worship a baby born with four arms and four legs in Ramechhap, Nepal, revering him as the reincarnation of Ganesh."
- August 11, 2009 "Two Kenyans, two French, a Bulgarian and a Belgian held captive since November 2008 are freed by their Somali kidnappers."
- August 11, 2009 "Two members of the Russian humanitarian organisation Let's Save the Generation are found dead in Grozny, Chechnya."
- August 11, 2009 "Two strong earthquakes hit Asia; a 7.6 magnitude quake off the Indian Andaman Islands and a 6.5 magnitude quake in the Tokyo area of Japan, killing one and injuring dozens."
- August 11, 2009 "UNASUR leaders express fresh concerns over Colombian plans to grant United States troops access to its military bases but cannot agree on a declaration to formally condemn the proposals. Venezuelan President Hugo Ch vez warns that ""the winds of war are beginning to blow"" across the region."
- August 11, 2010 "Important Islamic date - Ramadan: August 11 - September 8, 2010"
- August 11, 2492 "BC - Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation."
- August 11, 3114 BC - On this date in the proleptic Gregorian calendar begins our current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar.