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This Day in History - November 11

November 11

1050 – Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, is born

1499 – Perkin Warbeck is executed for pretending to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York and threatening Henry VII’s newly established Tudor dynasty

1778 – William Butler leads Indians to attack and murder inhabitants of Cherry Valley, NY

1811 – Confederate General Benjamin McCulloch is born

1821 – Russian novelist and political revolutionary Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky is born

1831 – Slave who led a revolt against slave owners, Nat Turner, is hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia

1834 – Future President Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton

1852 – The Saturday Evening Gazette publishes “The Rival Painters: A Story of Rome,” by Louisa May Alcott-her first story

1855 – Danish author and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard dies

1858 – Future President James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph

1880 – Australian murderer, Ned Kelly, dies

1885 – US Army commander during World War II, George S. Patton is born

1889 – Washington becomes the 42nd state

1898 – French film director, Rene Clair, is born

1909 – Construction begins on Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii

1918 – The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I

1919 – The first “two minutes’ silence” is observed in Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War

1921 – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington Cemetery

1922 – American novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, is born

1922 – Canada’s Vernon McKenzie threatens to fight US propaganda with taxes on US magazines

1925 – Comedian Jonathan Winters is born

1928 – Mexican novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes is born

1933 – North Dakota faces the first of the great dust storms of the 1930’s

1935 – Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set an altitude record in South Dakota when they float a balloon to 74,000 feet

1938 – Irish and American carrier of Typhoid fever, Typhoid Mary, dies

1938 – Kate Smith performs the first performance of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”

1940 – Britain’s Royal Navy attacks the Italian fleet at Taranto

1942 – Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37

1944 – Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations

1945 – President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is born

1945 – Musician and  guitarist, Chris Dreja, is born

1953 – The polio virus is identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1962 – Actress to become the highest-paid actress in film history in 1996, Demi Moore is born

1966 – The US launches Gemini 12, a two-man orbiter, into orbit

1967 – Three U.S. prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong in a ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

1968 – U.S. joint-service Operation Commando Hunt is launched, an air campaign designed to interdict Communist routes of infiltration along the Ho Chi Minh Trail through Laos in South Vietnam

1970 – US Army Special Forces conduct a raid on the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam only to find it empty of prisoners

1972 – The Long Binh military base, once the largest U.S. installation outside the continental United States, is handed over to the South Vietnamese

1973 – Egypt and Israel sign a cease-fire

1973 – The Soviet Union is kicked out of the World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile

1974 – Golden Globe-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, is born

1974 – First UN worker to be killed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, Bettina Goislard, is born

1978 – A stuntman on the set of “The Dukes of Hazzard” launches the show’s iconic car-1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee,  off a makeshift dirt ramp and over a police car, making history

1981 – Rookie of the Year Fernando Valenzuela wins the National League’s Cy Young Award, becoming the first player in baseball history to win both prizes in the same season

1987 – An unidentified buyer purchases Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Irises” from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York

1988 – Authorities dig up a corpse buried in the lawn of Dorothea Puente’s home in Sacramento, California after neighbors complained about a strange smell. Puente, a diagnosed schizophrenic and criminal, ran a residential home for the elderly, and during an investigation, six more bodies were unearthed. She was eventually charged with nine counts of murder and convicted of three, but authorities suspect that she was responsible for as many as 25 deaths, most likely, using a sedative, although exact cause of death was never determined

1993 – Sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War is dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

1999 – House of Lords Act reforming Britain’s House of Lords, given Royal Assent removed the right to hereditary seats although sitting members were permitted to remain

2000 – A cable car taking skiers to a glacier in Austria catches fire as it passes through a mountain tunnel, killing 156 people. Only 11 people survive the fire, caused by an illegal space heater

2001 – French journalists Pierre Billaud and Johanne Sutton and German journalist Volker Handlock are killed in Afghanistan when the convoy they were traveling in is attacked

2004 – New Zealand’s Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington

2004 – Palestine Liberation organization confirms the deaths of its longtime chairman Yasser Arafat and his cause of death has never been conclusively determined

2006 – Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand War Memorial in London

2008 – RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 sets sail on her final voyage bound for Dubai

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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