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August 11th. TODAY IN HISTORY

Mr.Reasonable 2012/08/11 12:54:42
August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 142 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.

2492 BC – Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.

106 – The south-western part of Dacia (modern Romania) becomes a Roman province: Roman Dacia.

355 – Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.

490 – Battle of Adda: The Goths under Theodoric the Great and his ally Alaric II defeat the forces of Odoacer on the Adda River, near Milan.

1332 – Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Dupplin Moor – Scots under Domhnall II, Earl of Mar are routed by Edward Balliol.

1675 – Franco-Dutch War: forces of the Holy Roman Empire defeat the French in the Battle of Konzer Brücke.

1786 – Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia.

1804 – Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria.

1812 – Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.

1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.

1898 – Spanish-American War: American troops enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

1918 – World War I: the Battle of Amiens ends.

1919 – The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.

1920 – The Latvian–Soviet Peace Treaty, which relinquished Russia's authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed, ending the Latvian War of Independence.

1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his
career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.

1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.

1947 –
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 'founding father of Pakistan', gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly, the contents and meaning of which remain contentious today.

1952 – Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.

1959 – Sheremetyevo International Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, opens.

1960 – Chad declares independence.

1961 – The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

1965 – Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.

1968 – The last steam hauled train runs on British railways

1972 – Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.

1975 – East Timor: Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the
outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.

1982 – A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers.

1984 – "We begin bombing in five minutes" - United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.

1999 – The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.

2003 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

2003 – Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.

2012 – The Municipality of Ilagan becomes a component city in the province of Isabela in the Philippines.

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  • sglmom 2012/08/26 06:44:15
    sglmom
    +1
    THANKS for posting ..
    Hedy Lamarr was a Fascinating individual ..
    married to a Nazi Scientist ..
    (who truly underestimated her talents and intelligence .. treated her poorly)
    she was the one who realized
    the weakness in her ex-spouse's guided missile programs ..
    pushing forwards with her partner .. George .. to obtain the patent for frequency rotation/jumping .. (to use an example .. this is what we have in our Garage Door openers)
  • Bill 2012/08/17 17:21:30
    Bill
    +1
    That was fantastic. I enjoyed that Sister. Love Ya.
  • Claybern 2012/08/13 01:21:53
    Claybern
    +1
    Thanks, great read.
  • Junior 2012/08/11 22:16:04
    Junior
    +1
    Great historical facts. Also like the births and deaths. Thanks :-)
  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/08/11 14:25:55
    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    +1
    THANKS, Mr. Reasonable for the Meticulous Research, BROTHER!
  • sky blue pink - American 2012/08/11 13:48:26
    sky blue pink - American
    +1
    Today, in 1961, I was born.
    Have a nice day !
  • Mr.Reas... sky blu... 2012/08/12 00:32:13
    Mr.Reasonable
    Happy Birthday!! :)
  • sky blu... Mr.Reas... 2012/08/12 08:48:39
    sky blue pink - American
    +1
    Thank you

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