Saturday, August 11, 2007
Jemaah Islamiah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
The British rock band Oasis
plays the biggest free-standing concert in UK history at Knebworth, Hertfordshire.
Saturday, August 11, 1984
United States President Ronald Reagan, during a voice check for a radio broadcast remarks, My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.
Wednesday, August 11, 1982
Surinam recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
Saturday, August 11, 1979
Wednesday, August 11, 1971
President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will no longer convert dollars to gold at a fixed value, effectively ending the Bretton Woods system. He also imposes a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.
Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
The number of British troops in Northern Ireland is raised to 12,500.
Three thousand people from Belfast and Derry flee to the Republic of Ireland because of the violence.
Construction begins on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Syria severs diplomatic relations with Jordan because of border clashes.
British troops are stationed on the Ireland
border to stop arms smuggling.
British troops are engaged in a firefight with the IRA in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Thursday, August 11, 1966
The Beatles hold a press conference in Chicago, during which John Lennon apologizes for his more popular than Jesus remark, saying, I didn't mean it as a lousy anti-religious thing.
Wednesday, August 11, 1965
Thursday, August 11, 1960
becomes independent from France.
ian army forces King Talal
to resign due to mental illness he is succeeded by his son Hussein of Jordan
Saturday, August 11, 1951
Saturday, August 11, 1945
ndash Soviet troops complete occupation of Sakhalin
Wednesday, August 11, 1920
Thursday, August 11, 1904
Saturday, August 11, 1877
Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, the outer moon of Mars.
Battle of Oteiza
(Third Carlist War
): Two months after Government forces were repulsed from Carlist-held Estella, in Navarre, Republican General Domingo Moriones made a fresh diversionary attack a few miles to the southeast at Oteiza. In heavy fighting Moriones secured a costly tactical victory over Carlist General Torcuato Mendíri, but the war continued another 18 months before Estella finally fell.
Cambodia becomes a protectorate of France.
Wednesday, August 11, 1858
First ascent of the Eiger
Wednesday, August 11, 1841
August 12 ndash Ursuline Convent Riots: A convent of Ursuline nuns is burned near Boston.
Captain Francis Light, known as the founder of Penang, lands in Penang and renames it "Prince of Wales Island" in honour of the heir to the British throne.
Saturday, August 11, 1674
Wednesday, August 1, 1576 (Julianian calendar)
English navigator Martin Frobisher, on his search for the Northwest Passage, enters the bay now named after him.
Thursday, August 2, 1492 (Julianian calendar)
October ndash English army besieges Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Friday, August 2, 1465 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, August 4, 1259 (Julianian calendar)
While conducting a siege against the Song Dynasty city known as Fishing Town in the province of Chongqing, China, the Mongol Khagan, Mongke Khan, dies in the nearby hills. Persian, Chinese, and Mongol records have different accounts of how he died, including succumbing to an arrow wound received by a Chinese archer in the siege, dysentery, and even a cholera epidemic. His death sparks a succession crisis in the Mongol Empire, while his brothers Ariq Böke and Kublai soon convene their own kuriltai to elect themselves as the next Khan of Khans, opening the path to a four–year-long civil war from 1260 to 1264. In the end, Ariq Böke surrenders to Kublai.
Lannathai, a kingdom in the north of Thailand, is founded by King Mengrai.
The Goryeo kingdom in Korea surrenders to invading Mongol forces.
The Japanese Shōka
era ends, and the Shōgen
While engaged in a war with the Mongols, the Song Chinese official Li Zengbo writes in his "Kozhai Zagao, Xugaohou" that the city of Qingzhou
is manufacturing one to two thousand strong iron-casedgunpowder bomb
shells a month, dispatching to Xiangyang
and Yingzhou about ten to twenty thousand such bombs at a time.
Sunday, August 5, 1089 (Julianian calendar)
Wednesday, August 7, 715 (Julianian calendar)
Winfrid (later Saint Boniface), a Wessex-born monk, sets out on a missionary expedition to the Frisians.
Saint Winnin, an Irish monk, lands at the mouth of the River Garnock
, where he establishes a community or cell of monks, termed cella or Kil in Gaelic
Friday, August 10, 490 (Julianian calendar)
Corn rises to a terrible famine
price and before the end of the siege of Ravenna the inhabitants feed on the hides
of animals, many of them perish of hunger.
Battle of Adda: Theodoric and his ally Alaric II defeat the forces of Odoacer on the Adda River, near Milan.
Theodoric and his Ostrogoths lay siege to Ravenna. The cities, Cesena and Rimini, remain their allegiance to Odoacer.
Thursday, August 10, 355 (Julianian calendar)
Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor. After 28 days, Ursicinus arrives from Rome and has Silvanus murdered.