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1158Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy

1994Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

1969Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by FBI for drunkeness

1971Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC

200943rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins

1987Roger Clemens wins consecutive Cy Young Awards

308The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.

1493Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba

2004The death of Yasser Arafat is confirmed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.

1939Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America"

1943Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; Stan Musial wins NL MVP

1930Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.

1968John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album

1933Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

1503Pope Julius II elected

1980Islanders' Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against North Stars

1925Louis Armstrong records 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings

1968As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high

1993Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 2 days for fractured shoulder

1983President Reagan became 1st US president to address Japanese legislature

1997Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Cy Young Award

1775Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war

1925Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays

1725George Frederick Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London

November 11th Historical Events
Date Event
308
The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul. 
887
Parliament in Tribur: King Charles III resigns 
1158
Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy 
1208
Otto van Wittelsbach chosen German king 
1215
4th Lateran Council (12th ecumenical council) opens in Rome 
1417
Oddo Colonna elected as Pope Martinus V 
1493
Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba 
1500
Treaty of Granada: France & Aragon divide Naples 
1503
Pope Julius II elected 
1572
Duke of Alva's son Don Fredrik begins siege of Haarlem 
1606
Turkey & Austria sign Treaty of Zsitva-Torok 
1634
Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes "An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery". 
1640
Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, impeached by the House of Lords on the evidence of John Pym, and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was later executed. 
1647
Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies 
1648
Dutch & French agree to divide St Maarten, Leeward Islands 
1671
Dutch States-General forbids importation of French wine 
1673
Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used. 
1675
Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function. 
1688
Prince Willem III's invasion fleet sails to England 
1714
A highway in Bronx is laid out, later renamed East 233rd Street 
1724
Joseph Blake, alias Blueskin, a highwayman known for attacking "Thief-Taker General" (and thief) Jonathan Wild at the Old Bailey, is hanged in London. (b. c. 1700) 
1725
George Frederick Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London 
1745
Bonnie Prince Charlie's army enters England 
1750
The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity. 
1752
Theresianische Military Academy opens in Vienna 
1775
Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war 
1778
Iroquois Indians in NY kill 40 in Cherry Valley Massacre 
1790
Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China 
1805
Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Dürenstein - 8000 French troops attempted to slow the retreat of a vastly superior Russian and Austrian force. 
1811
Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain 
1813
Dresden surrenders to allied armies 
1836
Chile declares war on Bolivia & Peru 
1839
The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia. 
1851
Alvan Clark patents telescope 
1862
Opera "La Forza Del Destino" is produced (St Petersburg Russia) 
1864
Sherman's troops destroy Rome, Georgia 
1864
Skirmish at Shoal Creek, AL 
1865
Mary Edward Walker, the first US Army female surgeon, awarded Medal of Honor 
1865
Thomas Robertson's "Society" premieres in London 
1865
Treaty of Sinchula is signed in which Bhutan ceded the areas east of the Teesta River to the British East India Company. 
1868
1st American amateur track & field meet (NYC) 
1880
Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol 
1887
Anarchist Haymarket Martyrs August Spies (b. 1855), Albert Parsons (b. 1848), Adolph Fischer (b. 1858) and George Engel (b. 1836) are executed. 
1887
Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal starts at Eastham. 
1889
Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA 
1890
D McCree patents portable fire escape 
1895
Bechuanaland becomes part of Cape Colony 
1896
Jules Vandenpeereboom becomes Belgium's minister of War 
1896
Samuel Pierpont Langley's Number 6 'heavier-than-air' aircraft model flies over 1,500 m (5,000 ft). 
1899
Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London 
1901
Maurice Ravel composition "Jeux d'eau" premieres 
1905
High Commissioner Prince George declares amnesty for all leaders of the insurrection that has been disturbing Crete during the recent months - but which never gained mass supprt 
1906
Ethel Smyth's "Standrecht" premieres in Leipzig 
1909
Construction of US navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, begins 
1909
J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London 
1911
Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolls through. (see The 11/11/11 cold wave). 
1911
Russia issues an ultimatum to Persia and follows it with an invasion of North Persia to impose political control 
1918
Dutch SDAP leader Troelstra announces revolution 
1918
Emperor Charles I of Austria abdicates 
1918
Poland declares independence 
1918
Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect, WW I hostilities end at 11.00 am 
1919
Pope Benedictus XV states Roman Catholics political/business views 
1920
Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled 
1920
The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, at at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. 
1921
President Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery 
1922
Largest US flag displayed (150' X 90') expanded in 1939 (270' X 90') 
1923
Eternal flame lit for tomb of unknown solder, Arc de Triumph 
1924
Martin Beck Theater opens at 302 W 45th St NYC 
1924
Palace of Legion of Honor dedicated (SF) 
1925
Earnest Thalmann becomes chairman of German KPD 
1925
Louis Armstrong records 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings 
1925
Night of Kersten - Colijn Dutch government falls by SGP-amendement 
1925
Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays 
1926
Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager 
1926
U.S. Route 66 is established. 
1928
France's 5th government of Poincaré forms 
1928
KXO-AM in El Centro CA begins radio transmissions 
1928
WGL-AM in Ft Wayne IN begins radio transmissions 
1928
WMT-AM in Cedar Rapids IA begins radio transmissions 
1928
WOL-AM in Washington DC begins radio transmissions 
1930
Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator. 
1931
Cornerstones laid for Opera House & Veteran's Building 
1933
"Great Black Blizzard" 1st great dust storm in Great Plains 
1933
Billie Holiday's second song and first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released 
1934
1st penalty shot vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Mondou (Mont) unsuccessful 
1934
WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa splits from WHO-WOC & becomes KICK-AM 
1935
Explorer 2 balloon sets altitude record of 72,000 feet over SD 
1937
Messerschmidt ME-109V13 flies world record 610.4 kph 
1937
Nobel prize for physics awarded to C J Davisson & GP Thomson 
1938
German & Austrian Jewish suffer 1 billion Mark damage in nazi 
1938
Kristallnacht; Jews forced to wear Star of David 
1939
Kate Smith first sings Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" 
1940
Thousands of Paris students lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier 
1940
Blizzard strikes midwestern US killing over 100 
1940
British Fleet Air Arm attack destroys half of Italian fleet at Taranto 
1940
Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle ("Jeep") 
1941
Czech premier general Eliasj arrested by Nazis 
1942
-12] last German offensive in Stalingrad 
1942
745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz 
1942
During WW II Germany completes the occupation of France 
1942
Jews in Free Zone of France ordered to wear yellow star of David 
1942
Lt-general Kumakashi Harada becomes Japanese commander on Java 
1942
Transport nr 45 departs with French Jews to Nazi-Germany 
1943
Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; Stan Musial wins NL MVP 
1943
US air raid on Rabaul, Papua New Guinea 
1944
NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4) 
1946
NY Knicks' 1st game at Madison Sq Garden loses 78-68 to Chic Stags 
1949
WTTV TV channel 4 in Bloomington-Indianapol, IN (IND) 1st broadcast 
1953
Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager 
1957
Demolition begins on cable car barn at California & Hyde (SF) 
1958
"La Plume de Ma Tante" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 835 perfs 
1958
AL announces Kansas City will play AL record 52 night games in 1959 
1959
1st episode of "Rocky & His Friends" airs 
1959
Seals Stadium in San Francisco, demolished 
1960
Largest NY Knick 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-18,499 
1961
Adulterous couple up mestkar through Staphorst riding 
1961
Congolese soldiers murder 13 Italian UN pilots 
1961
Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party 
1961
Stalingrad renamed Volgograd 
1962
Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait. 
1963
Brian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for The Beatles 
1963
Gordie Howe ties Rocket Richard's lifetime 544 goal record 
1964
Murray Schisgal's "Luv" premieres in NYC 
1965
Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian Smith 
1965
William Alfred's "Hogan's Goat" premieres in NYC 
1966
Gemini 12 (Lovell & Aldrin) launched on 4-day flight 
1966
Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA) 
1966
NASA launches spaceship Gemini 12. 
1968
John Lennon & Yoko Ono appear nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album 
1968
Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic 
1968
Ron Hill sets record 10-mile run (46:44) at Leicester England 
1968
As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high 
1969
Beatles with Billy Preston release "Get Back" in UK 
1969
Jim Morrison arrested on an airplane by FBI for drunkeness 
1970
Balt Oriole Boog Powell wins AL MVP 
1971
Man-made earthslide at Kawasaki Japan, kills 15 
1971
Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue" premieres in NYC 
1972
Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time 
1972
US Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army 
1975
Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day) 
1975
Australian PM Gough Whitlam removed from office by Governor General Sir John Kerr (1st elected PM removed in 200 yrs) 
1977
Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School" 
1978
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives 
1979
Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center 
1980
Crew of Soyuz 35 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 37 
1980
Islanders' Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against North Stars 
1981
"Oh, Brother!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 3 performances 
1981
Fernando Valenzuela is 1st rookie ever to win a Cy Young Award 
1982
30th time Islanders shut-out-2-0 vs North Stars 
1982
5th space shuttle mission-Columbia 5-launched 1st coml flight 
1982
Gas explosion in Israeli army headquarters near Tyre; kills 60 
1982
Joe Altobelli succeeds retiring Earl Weaver as Oriole manager 
1983
1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain 
1983
President Reagan became 1st US president to address Japanese legislature 
1983
Wayne Phillips scores 159 on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan at WACA 
1984
"Three Musketeers" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 9 performances 
1985
1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" 
1985
Challenger flies back to Kennedy Space Center via Davis-Monthan AFB 
1985
Yonkers is found guilty of segregating schools & housing 
1986
Houston's Astro Mike Scott (18-10) wins NL Cy Young Award 
1986
Suriname government proclaims gold purification 
1987
"Roza" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 12 performances 
1987
Judge Anthony M Kennedy nominated to Supreme Court 
1987
Moscow party secretary Boris Jerusalem resigns 
1987
Roger Clemens wins consecutive Cy Young Awards 
1987
Van Gogh's "Irises" sells for record $53.6 M at auction 
1988
Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science 
1989
"Prince of Central Park" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 4 perfs 
1989
Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Tish Johnson 
1990
"Shadowlands" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 169 perfs 
1990
Calif's Chuck Finley & Seattle's Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in exhibition game between US & Japanese all-star teams 
1992
The Church of England approves the ordination of female priests 
1993
Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 2 days for fractured shoulder 
1994
Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000 
1994
Progress M-25 launched to space station Mir 
1996
Braves' John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award 
1997
CBS News anchor Dan Rather renews his contract to 2002 
1997
Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Cy Young Award 
1997
WNBA expands to Detroit & Washington DC 
1999
Last upside down date until January 1, 6000 
2000
In Kaprun, Austria, 155 skiers and snowboarders die when a cable car catches fire in an alpine tunnel. 
2001
Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off. 
2004
New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington. 
2004
The death of Yasser Arafat is confirmed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, of unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later. 
2006
The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army. 
2008
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai. 
2009
43rd Country Music Association Award: Taylor Swift & Brad Paisley wins 
2011
25th Soul Train Music Awards: Cee-Lo Green, Jill Scott win 
2012
12 people are killed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Burma 
2013
4 people are killed and 8 are injured after a building catches fire in Mumbai, India 
2013
100 people are killed in a tropical cyclone in the Puntland region, Somalia 
2014
The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison 
2014
An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake 
2014
The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute 
2014
The people of Catalonia in north-eastern Spain vote in a disputed and non-binding poll on independence 
2016
China's Xi vows zero tolerance for separatist movements 
2016
Alibaba Singles' Day sales race past $5 billion in first hour 
2016
Mayors of NY and Los Angeles pledge to remain immigrant sanctuaries 
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