Saturday, April 11, 2015

What Happened This Day In History April 11

1512The forces of the Holy League are heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.
1713The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession. France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain.
1783After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on 13 March, Congress proclaims a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
1814Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.
1898American President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war with Spain.
1941Germany bombers blitz Conventry, England.
1942Detachment 101 of the OSS–a guerrilla force–is activated in Burma.
1945After two frustrating days of being repulsed and absorbing tremendous casualties, the Red Army finally takes the Seelow Heights north of Berlin.
1951President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
1961Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.
1961Folk singer Bob Dylan performs in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker.
1968President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
1974The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
1981President Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.
1986Dodge Morgan sails solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.
1991The U.N. Security Council issues formal cease fire with Iraq.
1996Forty-three African nations sign the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.

Born on April 11
1370Frederick I, elector of Saxony.
1722Christopher Smart, English poet.
1755James Parkinson, English physician.
1770George Canning, British prime minister (1827).
1794Edward Everett, governor of Massachusetts, statesman and orator.
1862Charles Evans Hughs, 11th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
1893Dean G. Acheson, U.S. secretary of state (1949-53) who helped create NATO.
1901Glenway Wescott, writer.
1925Ethel Kennedy, wife of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1932Joel Grey (Joe Katz), actor.
1941Ellen Goodman, Pultizer Prize-winning columnist.
1950Bill Irwin, actor and choreographer.

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