Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Moon moves into its nearest point to Earth, called perigee, at the same time as its fullest phase of the Lunar Cycle. The Moon appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the year's other full moons. The next time these two events coincide will be in 2016.ref name=Bewerewolves: Fullest Moon in 15 Years Tonight
is arrested by U.S. federal authorities on charges of running a massive decades-long Ponzi scheme
swindling thousands of investors - the largest financial fraud in history.
Monday, December 11, 2006
sends the Mexican military to combat the drug cartels and put down the violence in the state of Michoacán, initiating the Mexican Drug War
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Tests show that Ukrainian opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with a large dose of dioxin.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
First flight of the ESC-A variant of the Ariane 5 is a failure, with the rocket and the two communications satellites it was carrying destroyed a few minutes after lift-off from Kourou, French Guiana.
Thursday, December 11, 1997
Wednesday, December 11, 1996
Tung Chee Hwa
is appointed to become the new leader of Hong Kong after it reverts to Chinese rule in 1997.
Monday, December 11, 1989
Thursday, December 11, 1980
Sunday, December 11, 1977
Monday, December 11, 1972
Apollo 17 lands on the Moon.
The film "Man of La Mancha
", based on the hit musical, begins a roadshow run in New York City. Most critics savage it, partly because the cast is made up of mostly non-singing actors who nevertheless sing in the film. The only actor to have his singing voice dubbed is Peter O'Toole
, who stars as Cervantes and Don Quixote. Gino Conforti
is the only member of the original cast to repeat his role. The film is a box office flop, but more than twenty years later, its reputation starts to improve when it is released on video and public response is enthusiastic.
Saturday, December 11, 1971
Wednesday, December 11, 1968
Monday, December 11, 1967
Supersonic airliner Concorde is unveiled in Toulouse, France.
Friday, December 11, 1964
Che Guevara addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
Sunday, December 11, 1960
MGM's "The Wizard of Oz" is rerun on CBS only a year after its previous telecast, thus beginning the tradition of annual telecasts of the film.
Monday, December 11, 1950
Saturday, December 11, 1948
12 ndash Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre: Scots Guards shoot 24 Chinese villagers in Malaya
Wednesday, December 11, 1946
(the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund) is founded.
founds a government of socialist parties in France.
The United Nations
severs relations with Franco
's Spain and recommends that member countries sever diplomatic relations.
Thursday, December 11, 1941
WWII: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. The U.S. responds in kind.
Saturday, December 11, 1937
Mae West makes a risque guest appearance on the NBC "Chase and Sanborn Hour" that eventually results in her being banned from radio.
Italy withdraws from the League of Nations.
Friday, December 11, 1931
The British Parliament enacts the Statute of Westminster, which establishes a status of legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
Monday, December 11, 1922
End of the trial of Frederick Bywaters and Edith Thompson at the Old Bailey. Both found guilty and sentenced to death.
Saturday, December 11, 1920
Tuesday, December 11, 1917
British troops take Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Jerusalem.
Monday, December 11, 1865
Thursday, December 11, 1834
Athens becomes Greece's capital city.
The Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad is chartered in Wilmington, North Carolina.
, the inventor of the first American DC
electrical motor, installs his motor in a small model car, creating one of the first electric car
Wednesday, December 11, 1816
Indiana is admitted as the 19th U.S. state.
Saturday, December 11, 1790
Friday, December 11, 1789
Saturday, December 11, 1688
Friday, December 11, 1648
Pride's Purge in England, with elements of the New Model Army, under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell invading London and expelling a majority of the Long Parliament, resulting in the creation of the Rump Parliament.
George Fox founds the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in England.ref name=CCWH
Tuesday, December 11, 1618
The Ming Chinese embassy of the Wanli Emperor presents tea to the Russian tsar.
The 3,000 seat Teatro Farnese, the first permanent proscenium theatre
, is built into the Great Hall of the Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma
The markgraves of Brandenburg are granted Polish approval to inherit the Duchy of Prussia, creating the state of Brandenburg-Prussia.
Wednesday, December 11, 1602
The iconoclast and Confucian scholar Li Zhi commits suicide while in a Chinese prison during the late Ming Dynasty he had taught that women were the intellectual equals of men and should be given equal opportunity in education he was charged with spreading dangerous ideas.
Copies are printed of the geographical map of East Asia created by Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit stationed in Ming Dynasty Beijing, China, with Chinese-written labeling and map symbols.
William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is published.
A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy
and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain
, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva
(This actually took place after midnight, in the early morning of December 12, but commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade
are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend).
Russian famine of 1601–1603.
Wednesday, December 2, 1489 (Julianian calendar)
King Henry VII gives a city charter to Southwold.
Jeannetto de Tassis is appointed Chief Master of Postal Services in Innsbruck his descendants, the Thurn and Taxis family, later run much of the postal system of Europe.
sweeps through Spain, in its first appearance in Europe.
Friday, December 4, 1282 (Julianian calendar)
First evidence of the existence of consolidated public debt in Brugges
, confirming the expansion of use of life annuities
to fund government expendiiture to the Low Countries
At the Battle of Orewin Bridge
in mid-Wales, Llywelyn the Last is killed and the Welsh suffer their final decisive defeat at the hands of the English.
The technology of watermarks is introduced by paper manufacturers of Bologna, Italy.
Monday, December 6, 969 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, December 10, 361 (Julianian calendar)