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What happened on October 11
- October 11, 1531 Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.
- October 11, 1614 Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
- October 11, 1737 "Earthquake kills 300,000 & destroys ® of Calcutta India"
- October 11, 1776 "Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, New York. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters."
- October 11, 1776 Brig Gen Arnold's Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British
- October 11, 1797 "British naval forces defeat Dutch off Camperdown, the Netherlands"
- October 11, 1809 "Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand."
- October 11, 1811 "Inventor John Stevens' boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey)."
- October 11, 1824 "Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his year long tour of America. He returned to the yard the next day, October 12, to continue his visit."
- October 11, 1852 "The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney."
- October 11, 1864 "Campina Grande, Brazil was established as a city."
- October 11, 1864 Slavery abolished in Maryland
- October 11, 1865 "Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion."
- October 11, 1865 Pres Johnson paroles CSA VP Alexander Stephens
- October 11, 1890 "The First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds (John Owens 9-4/5 secs, Wash DC)"
- October 11, 1899 "Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts."
- October 11, 1899 The Boer War begins in South Africa
- October 11, 1906 San Francisco public school board sparks United States diplomatic crisis with Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
- October 11, 1910 "Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri."
- October 11, 1918 "Lt. Wallace L. Algie (20th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Cambrai, France"
- October 11, 1918 Major Tsumani shakes Caribbean
- October 11, 1922 "The first woman FBI ""special investigator"" appointed (Alaska Davidson)"
- October 11, 1923 "German mark falls to 10 billion per ?, 4 billion per $"
- October 11, 1927 Lou Gehrig elected MVP
- October 11, 1929 "JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states."
- October 11, 1930 "Collingwood Football Club in Melbourne, Australia, won the VFL premiership for the fourth consecutive year."
- October 11, 1932 "The first political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC"
- October 11, 1936 """Professor Quiz"", 1st radio quiz show premieres"
- October 11, 1941 Beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
- October 11, 1942 "Battle of Cape Esperance begins: In two-day battle, American task force stops Japanese attack on Guadalcanal and sinks two Japanese ships while losing only USS Duncan (DD-485)."
- October 11, 1944 Tuvinian People's Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva was annexed by the U.S.S.R
- October 11, 1945 "Chinese civil war begins, Chiang Kai-Shek vs Mao Tse-Tung"
- October 11, 1945 "Typhoon hits Okinawa, damaging many Navy ships."
- October 11, 1950 Task Force 77 Aircraft destroy North Korean vessels off Songjin and Wonsan and north of Hungham.
- October 11, 1950 "The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS (RCA will successfully dispute and block the license from taking effect, however)."
- October 11, 1957 "The Orbit of the last stage of the R-7 Semyorka rocket carrying Sputnik I was first successfully calculated on an IBM 704 computer by teams at The M.I.T. Computation Center and Operation Moonwatch, Cambridge, Massachusetts."
- October 11, 1958 "2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back"
- October 11, 1958 Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
- October 11, 1962 2nd Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
- October 11, 1962 Pope John XXIII opens Vatican council
- October 11, 1963 "Navy medical team from Norfolk, VA begins massive inoculation program to safeguard against outbreak of typhoid in the wake of Hurricane Flora."
- October 11, 1967 Afghan Prime Minister Mohammad Hashim Maiwandwal resigns for health reasons
- October 11, 1967 Number one hit on UK music charts - The Bee Gees - Massachusetts
- October 11, 1967 Operation Coronado VI began in Rung Sat Zone
- October 11, 1967 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)
- October 11, 1968 "Apollo 7 (Schirra, Eisele & Cunningham) made 163 orbits in 260 hours"
- October 11, 1968 "Launch of Apollo 7, the first U.S. 3-man space mission, commanded by CDR Walter Schirra, JR. USN. MAJ Ronnie Cunningham, USMCR served as Lunar Module pilot. The mission lasted 10 days and 20 hours. Recovery was by HS-5 helicopters from USS Essex (CVS-9)."
- October 11, 1968 Panama revolts
- October 11, 1969 Number one hit on UK music charts - Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg - Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus
- October 11, 1969 Soyuz 6 launched; Soyuz 7 & 8 follow in next 2 days
- October 11, 1971 Frank McGee becomes news anchor of the Today Show
- October 11, 1972 Prison uprising at Washington DC jail
- October 11, 1975 """Saturday Night Live"" premieres with guest host George Carlin"
- October 11, 1975 The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Janis Ian and Billy Preston as musical guests.
- October 11, 1976 "George Washington's appointment, posthumously, to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 was approved by President Gerald R. Ford."
- October 11, 1976 Number one hit on UK music charts - Pussycat - Mississippi
- October 11, 1977 Soyuz 25 returns to Earth
- October 11, 1978 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
- October 11, 1980 Cosmonauts Popov & Ryumin set space endurance record of 184 days
- October 11, 1981 LeRoy Irvin sets yards gained on punt returns record (207 yds)
- October 11, 1981 Unknown rocker Prince opens for Rolling Stones at LA Coliseum
- October 11, 1982 "English ship Mary Rose, which sank during an engagement with France in 1545, raised at Portsmouth, England"
- October 11, 1982 "The Mary Rose, a Tudor gunship which sunk on July 18 1545, is raised from the sea bed in the Solent Channel, near Portsmouth."
- October 11, 1983 "Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial"
- October 11, 1984 "Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk."
- October 11, 1984 Kathryn D. Sullivan of the US is the first female astronaut to walk in spaceoct12
- October 11, 1984 VP candidate debate-Geraldine Ferraro (D) & George Bush (R)
- October 11, 1985 Pres Reagan bans importation of South African Krugerrands
- October 11, 1986 Number one hit on UK music charts - Madonna - True Blue
- October 11, 1986 "Reagan & Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland"
- October 11, 1987 "200,000 gays march for civil rights in Washington"
- October 11, 1987 "March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights attracts an estimated 200,000 people to protest the Bowers v. Hardwick decision and the U.S. government's handling of the AIDS epidemic; first public display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt."
- October 11, 1990 Center for Urban archaeology opens in NYC South Street Seaport Museum
- October 11, 1990 Octavio Paz wins Nobel Prize for literature
- October 11, 1990 Oil hits a record $40.42 per barrel
- October 11, 1991 Anita Hill testifies Clarence Thomas sexually harrassed her
- October 11, 1998 "A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40"
- October 11, 2000 The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.
- October 11, 2001 The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.
- October 11, 2002 "A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven."
- October 11, 2009 "A spate of car bombings kills 19 people and wounds dozens in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, in Anbar province."
- October 11, 2009 "An Irish priest, Michael Sinnot, is seized from a convent and taken away in a motorboat by gunmen in Pagadian City, Mindanao in the southern Philippines."
- October 11, 2009 "At least 10 people die and seven are declared missing in a river ferry sinking on the Mekong in Krati‚ Province, Cambodia."
- October 11, 2009 "Luis Armando Pena Soltren, a suspect wanted for the 1968 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281, is captured after more than 40 years."
- October 11, 2009 "Mayoral, regional and district council elections take place in Moscow and 75 other regions across Russia."
- October 11, 2009 Pakistani commandos storm an office building and rescue 39 people taken hostage by suspected Taliban militants after an attack on the army's headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi.
- October 11, 2009 "Pope Benedict XVI canonizes five new saints: Father Damien, Rafael Arn iz Bar˘n, Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski, Francisco Coll Guitart, and Jeanne Jugan."
- October 11, 2009 "The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) announces an end to violence in Northern Ireland. s) oct122009 The 60th International Astronautical Congress opens in Daejeon, South Korea, with approximately 3,000 space experts from more than 70 countries attending."
- October 11, 2009 "Thousands of people attend the state funeral of Arturo ""Zambo"" Cavero in Lima, Peru. President Alan Garcˇa posthumously awards him the Order of the Sun."
- October 11, 2009 "Thousands of people march in protest for gay rights in Washington, D.C.."