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On This Day In History – March 11

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Birthdays 1596 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher 1870 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946) 1903 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989) 1903 James Franklin Hyde, American inventor who created silica, born in Solvay, New York (d. 1999) 1916 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995) 1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria Events 537 Goths lay siege to Rome 1744 English auction house Sotheby’s holds its first-ever auction (of books) in London 1789 Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C. 1862 Abraham Lincoln removes George McClellen as

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Birthdays

  • 1596 Isaac Elsevier, book publisher
  • 1870 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician (d. 1946)

On This Day In History – March 11

  • 1903 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1903 James Franklin Hyde, American inventor who created silica, born in Solvay, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Events

On This Day In History – March 11

  • 1744 English auction house Sotheby’s holds its first-ever auction (of books) in London
  • 1789 Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C.
  • 1862 Abraham Lincoln removes George McClellen as general-in-chief

On This Day In History – March 11

  • 1892 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1917 British forces occupy Baghdad, the capital of Mesopotamia, after Turkish forces evacuated
  • 1918 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • 1935 Hermann Goering officially creates the Luftwaffe (German Air Force)
  • 1954 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • 1966 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
  • 1967 Pink Floyd releases 1st single “Arnold Layne”
  • 1971 Jim Morrison leaves for Paris to reorient himself emotionally and creatively and to avoid the jail sentence given to him in Miami. He will never return to the US
  • 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

On This Day In History – March 11

  • 1988 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • 1997 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 2006 Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as the first female president of Chile
  • 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history
  • 2018 China’s National People’s Congress approves removal of term limits for a leader, will allow Xi Jinping presidency for life 
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