Find Out What happened 11th March Major News Stories include start of Influenza Epidemic which killed 20 million people worldwide, Lend Lease Act signed, 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims, Major Power Outage Brazil, Terrorist Train Bombs Madrid, Massive Earthquake Hits Japan causing damage to reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant
1969 U.S.A. Levi Jeans add Bell Bottoms
11th March, 1969 : Levi Jeans add the latest craze of jeans to their line of Jeans which had become fashionable as part of the hippie counterculture movement together with love beads, granny glasses, and tie-dye shirts.
1977 U.S.A. Roman Polanski
11th March, 1977 : Film director Roman Polanski is charged with four charges including rape, sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor in the case raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of Hollywood star Jack Nicholson.
While awaiting trial Polanski jumped bail and fled to France in February 1978.
1918 U.S.A. Influenza Epidemic
March 11th, 1918: The first cases of one of the worst influenza epidemic ( FLU )in history are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas it would eventually kill more than 1/2 million Americans and more than 20 million people worldwide.
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1923 Greece Transport Ship Alexander Sinks
11th March, 1923 : The transport ship Alexander had sunk and the lives of at least 150 men were taken down with it. A report had confirmed that at least 10 of these men were Greek naval officers. The cause of this sinking was the Gale storm that had occurred between Salamis and Piraeus. A public funeral was held for the victims of this disaster.
1931 U.S.A. Boulder Dam
11th March, 1931: The work on the Boulder Dam was started after having been approved in 1928 and when completed it will be the worlds tallest dam at over 700 ft. The dams mission is not only to flood control but also to supply irrigation and domestic water needs and to provide silt control for the Colorado river. The cost will be met long term through the production of Hydro Electric Power.
1938 U.S.A. Revenue Act of 1938
11th March, 1938 : This was the date that the Revenue Act of 1938 was passed. The content of this particular piece of legislation had called for a series of corporate tax cuts, which was a very controversial topic during this period in history. At first President Roosevelt had opposed this bill, and refused to sign it. However, Congress had managed to override the president’s veto.
1941 U.S.A. Lend Lease Act
11th March, 1941 : U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend Lease Act allowing the United States to provide military aid to the Allies during World War II.
1942 U.S.A. Sleepy Lagoon
11th March, 1942 : Vaugh Monroe records the hit "Sleepy Lagoon" with his orchestra. Other artists recorded it in later years, including Dinah Shore, David Rose, Fred Waring and Glenn Miller, among others.
11th March, 1944 : This was a very significant day in World War II history. Reports had indicated that the Germans were about to pull out Uman, which was an action intended to weaken German defensive forces dramatically. Word was that German forces would soon be withdrawing from the Dneiper Bent as well.
1955 England Sir Alexander Fleming
11th March, 1955 : Sir Alexander Fleming remembered for his discovery of the drug penicillin dies in London of A Heart Attack.
1956 China defenders of the faith
March 11th, 1956 : According to a report printed on this day, communists in China had worked to force their way through the Middle East and Africa. The method they used was to present themselves as “defenders of the faith” to the Muslim community in various Eastern countries.
1967 U.S.A. Gov. George Romney
11th March, 1967 : Concern rose among Americans when Gov. George Romney decided to run for president under the Republican ticket. One of the major concerns about Romney running for office included the fact that the Mormon Church to which he belonged advocated segregation. Moreover, Romney’s church considered African-Americans an inferior race. Nevertheless, George Romney assured the public that he believed that all Americans should be allowed the same opportunities in life. He encouraged people to judge him (Romney) on his actions and not how his church believes. His desire was similar to that expressed by President John F. Kennedy-to act according to national interest, and not according to religion.
1971 Russia Rabbits
11th March, 1971 : Rabbits had just recently migrated into Russia in large numbers. The reason rabbits are invading this area is because they were in search of food, as heavy snow and frost had occurred just recently in the north.
1977 U.S.A. Hostages Washington DC
11th March, 1977 : 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are freed when ambassadors from three Islamic nations joined negotiations.
1985 Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
11th March, 1985 : Mikhail Gorbachev was called upon to replace Konstantin Chernenko who had died the day before. During his first six years in office, he was instrumental in advocating foreign and domestic policy changes.
1990 Lithuania Independence
11th March, 1990 : Lithuania began its battle for independence on this day, which had resulted in a Soviet oil embargo and Baltic Republic economic sanction. Lithuania was the first republic to try to break away from the U.S.S.R.
1993 North Korea Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
11th March, 1993 : North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
1997 U.S.A. Paul McCartney
11th March, 1997 : Paul McCartney from the Beatles is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II .
1999 Brazil Major Power Outage
11th March, 1999 : Large portions of Southern Brazil are left without power affecting up to 90 million people.
2001 England Foot and Mouth epidemic
11th March, 2001 : Twenty-five new cases of foot-and-mouth have been identified from 11 different areas, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 163.
The Foot and Mouth epidemic continued to worsen through the summer but was bought under control by the Autumn after nearly 100,000 livestock are destroyed in an attempt to control the disease.
2003 U.S.A. Freedom Fries
11th March, 2003 : Following the strong words used by the French President Jacques Chirac opposing US policy in Iraq American restaurants are renaming "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries", the protests even include the House of Representatives restaurants and bars which have renamed "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries" and "French Toast" to "Freedom Toast" .
2004 Spain Terrorist Train Bombs
11th March, 2004 : Four trains in the Madrid area are attacked by terrorists using 10 bombs exploded via mobile telephone, 191 are killed during the attacks which are believed to be made by members of Al Qaida in retaliation for Spains involvement in the war in Iraq.
2006 Netherlands Slobodan Milosevic
March 11th, 2006 : Former Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic is found dead of a heart attack in his prison cell in the Netherlands ending his U.N. war crimes trial.
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2007 France Jacques Chirac has said that he will not seek a third term in office
March 11th, 2007 : Jacques Chirac has confirmed that he will not be seeking a third term in office
in April's election. Chirac has been president
since 1995, and has had a political career spanning four decades. 'The moment
has come for me to serve you in a different
way,' he said on television. Recent polls have shown that the Interior Minister
Nicolas Sarkozy has a narrow lead over his
Socialist rival, Segolene Royal.
2008 United States Eliot Spitzer apologizes
March 11th, 2008: A New York State Governor, Eliot Spitzer, who had gained national prominence by
pursuing Wall Street wrongdoings, has
apologized for his involvement in a prostitution ring. The married father-of-three
has said he had acted in a way that violated
his obligations to his family. He has previously campaigned for ethical leadership
in the Democratic Party. Governor Eliot Spitzer is now under pressure to resign.
2008 United States The State Department's report on human rights
March 11th, 2008: The State Department has released its annual report on human rights, and details
abuses in China, Russia, Syria and
Zimbabwe. Unlike previous years, China is not listed as one of the world's most
systematic human rights violators, although it
is described as an authoritarian regime that denies its people basic human rights
and freedoms, tortures prisoners and restricts
2009 France France reintegrates with NATO
March 11th, 2009: Nicolas Sarkozy has said that his country is returning to NATO's military command.
Sarkozy was speaking at the École
Militaire staff college in Paris. Charles de Gaulle had pulled France out of NATO's
military command in 1966, saying that it
undermined France's sovereignty, but its reintegration has come from France having
no say in the organisation's military
strategies. Despite government assurances, many commentators fear that France
will be abandoning its independence from
the United States.
2010 Israel Announces thousands more homes in new settlements in East Jerusalem
March 11th, 2010: Following the breakdown of talks between Palestian and Israeli negotiators, Israeli authorities announce building thousands more homes in settlements in East Jerusalem, this breaks an agreement that has been in place to end Israeli expansion of settlements in the area.
Japan 2011 Japan Massive Earthquake Hits Japan
11th March, 2011 : An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hit the coast of Japan causing massive amounts of damage and dangerous tsunamis, making it the most powerful earthquake in Japan in recorded history. The earthquake and tsunami caused damage to reactors in the Fukushima nuclear plant creating a radiation leak and forcing locals to evacuate, as well as worldwide anxiety over possible meltdown. Thousands of people were killed as a result of the earthquake and the homes of hundreds of thousands of people were destroyed. The amount of damage that Japan sustained from the earthquake and tsunamis would likely take years to recover from.
Afghanistan 2012 Afghanistan US Soldier Kills Afghan Civilians
11th March, 2012 : A US soldier is accused of going on a killing spree in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, adding to the anti-American sentiments felt in the war-torn country. At least sixteen civilians, including women and children, were killed by the man, and at least another five people were injured. The suspected soldier is said to have given himself over to US military authorities after carrying out the attacks and is rumored to have suffered a mental breakdown prior to the incident.
Pakistan 2013 Pakistan Leaders Inaugurate Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline
11th March, 2013 : The presidents of Pakistan (Asif Ali Zardari) and Iran (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) inaugurated a gas pipeline between the two countries that was hoped to alleviate some of Pakistan's energy shortages. Work on the pipeline was almost completed in Iran while the Pakistan side of the pipeline had not begun work yet. The US discourage this partnership and stated that the two countries could incur sanctions.
Celebrating Birthday's Today Rupert Murdoch Born: 11th March 1931, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Known For : Rupert Murdoch is best known as the creator, major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation one of the largest and most powerful media companies in the world. The extent of what News Corp Owns and runs could fill pages and pages but just a few of the best known names you might recognize FOX, SKY Cable TV, National Geographic, Daily Telegraph, 20th Century Fox and the list goes on. He started with just one newspaper in his home country expanding and buying other newspapers. He then turned to New Zealand and then to Europe starting with the The Times (and The Sunday Times ). His growth has continued at breakneck speed following his becoming an American Citizen which allowed him to buy American Newspapers, Magazines and TV Stations. He now owns in excess of 175 newspapers worldwide, 9 movie studios, 16 TV Stations, 22 Cable and Satellite Channels plus things like Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal making News Corp one if not the most powerful media company in the world today.