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1951 - U.S.A. General Douglas MacArthur
1951 : President Harry S Truman has fired General Douglas MacArthur as commander of United Nations and US forces in the Far East after General Douglas MacArthur has made public statements calling for an attack on mainland China unless Communist forces laid down their arms in Korea. The president is still hoping for a peaceful settlement. Find More From What happened in 1951
1981 - UK Brixton Riots
1981 : The arrest of a black man in Brixton, South London leads to mass rioting with youths taking to the streets throwing petrol bombs, bottles and bricks at police, looting local shops and setting fire to cars. A local school and two pubs have also been torched by the rioters and firefighters are unable to reach fires due to the threat of attacks. The Police armed with riot shields and batons charge the rioters and more than 50 police are injured and at least 20 have been arrested.
1921 - U.S.A. Cigarette tax
1921 : Iowa becomes the first state to impose a cigarette tax.
11 Apr, 1929 - U.S.A. Rebels Captured
1929 : US Federal Troops take 100 Mexican prisoners captive on raid on General J Gonzalo Insurgent Encampment on the Border of Escabar near Naco Senora.
1936 - U.S.A. Barbershop Quartets
1936 : Barbershop quartets across the country breathe a sigh of relief when the SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) is created.
1938 - Philippines Japanese Fleet Spotted
1938 : Japanese Fleet Spotted off the Philippines near Davan , US mistakenly said they believed they were Fishing Trawlers.
1945 - US Troops Liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp
1945 : United States forces liberated a concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany today. Over Twenty thousand inmates were free today after its capture. Since 1933 , approximately 200,000 persons doomed to sadistic death or a living hell passed through the gates of the electrically-charged barbed-wire enclosure as infamous as the camps at Dachau and Oranienburg.
1947 - U.S.A. Jackie Robinson
1947 : Jackie Robinson took to the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in an exhibition match between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees becoming the first black player to play in Major league baseball. On April 15th he took to the field for Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day when the Dodgers defeat the Boston Braves, 5-3.
1953 - U.S.A. Prison Riot Minnesota
1953 : 1000 Inmates from Stillwater Prison start fires, smash windows and shout profanities at the guards during a prolonged prison riot.
1957 - Singapore Self Rule
1957 : The British government allows the island colony of Singapore to govern itself under a new constitution agreed in London. Great Britain will continue to control external affairs and defense.
1961 - Israel Adolf Eichmann
1961 : Adolf Eichmann went on trial in an Israeli courthouse today. accused of mass murder and the helping in the death of millions of Jews in German Concentration Camps during World War II.
11 Apr, 1965 - U.S.A. Palm Sunday Tornadoes
1965 : The Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1965
strike Indiana and the surrounding states. In Indiana alone, 1200 people were injured and over 135 were killed.
1968 - U.S.A. Civil Rights Act of 1968
1968 : President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 , prohibiting housing discrimination and providing protection for civil rights workers. President Johnson, voicing outrage at the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King and the violence that followed it, has signed an historic open-housing bill, The new law will prohibit discrimination in 80 per cent of all housing sales and rentals by 1970.
1970 - U.S.A. Apollo 13
1970 : NASA launched Apollo 13 , America's third manned moon-landing mission, from Cape Kennedy, Florida today, Two days after launch, an oxygen tank on the spacecraft exploded, forcing the astronauts to abandon their mission. Although they had only a small supply of oxygen, water and power, the Apollo 13 crew managed to safely return to Earth in the spaceship's lunar module.
1979 - Uganda Idi Amin Deposed
1979 : Tanzanian backed rebels seize control in Uganda and the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed as president of Uganda and flees to Libya.
1980 - U.S.A. New Rules Re Sexual Harassment
1980 : The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace of workers by supervisors.
1982 - Falkland Isles Naval Blockade
1982 : Britain imposed a Naval Blockade with a 200 mile Radius on the Falkland Isles today and warned that Argentina Ships within that would be sunk as hostile following the invasion of the Falklands by Argentina , both sides are now preparing for war.
1990 - UK "Supergun" Barrel Seized
1990 : Customs officers in Middlesbrough seize the barrel ( 130 feet long ) of a "Supergun" on a ship bound for Iraq. A gun barrel of this length would give a "Supergun" the range of approximately 600 miles.
1994 - Serbia US Air Strikes
1994 : Serbia facing additional air strikes from US on 5 additional Muslim enclaves and to try to force the Serbs back into peace talks.
1996 - Lebanon Israel Air Strikes
1996 : Israel has carried out a series of air strikes on Hezbollah targets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The assaults on Hezbollah targets in "Operation Grapes of Wrath" are in retaliation for rocket attacks two days ago on northern Israeli settlements.
2001 - China American spy plane
2001 : China agrees to free crew members of an American spy plane that had collided with a Chinese fighter plane, killing its pilot.
2003 - Iraq Mosul
2003 : American troops take control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul without a fight.
2006 - Iran Uranium Enrichment
2006 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that his country had succeeded in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time.
2006 - Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
2006 : Following Ariel Sharon's stroke on January 4th
, 2006 where he fell into a coma the acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been performing his duties and on This Day Israel's Cabinet declared Prime Minister Ariel Sharon permanently incapacitated, officially ending his five-year tenure. As of April 2008, he is still in a persistent vegetative state.
2006 - Anne Franks letters are shown in Amsterdam
2006 : The Amsterdam Historical Museum is showing an exhibition of Anne Frank's private letters. Frank's diary of life in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam is well known, but these letters are said to reveal her more intimate thoughts. One of the letters talks about her friendship with the boy who shared her hiding place (which was disproved of by her father). Most of the letters were sent to her relatives in Switzerland.
2007 - US Senate backs stem cell research
2007 : The Senate has lessened the restrictions that were placed on the use of federal funds for stem-cell research, and defied the veto that President Bush has threatened to put on them. The Democrats have helped pass the vote with a majority of 63 to 24, which is just short of the two-thirds required to override a presidential veto. The President has said he will veto the amendments again.
2007 - Iranian arms in Iraq
2007 : The U.S. military in Iraq has said that have found more arms that were made in Iran. These have turned up in a Sunni-majority area. Major General William Caldwell has also told a news conference that detainees in American custody have said that Iranian intelligence operatives gave the weapons to Sunni insurgents, and that surrogates for the Iranian intelligence service were training Shi'ite extremists in Iran.
2012 - Algeria's First President Dies
2012 : Ahmed Ben Bella who became the first president of independent Algeria in 1963 died at the age of ninety-five. Ben Bella had ruled Algeria for three years as a one-party state before the army overthrew him. He had been known as the head of the Algerian independence movement and had planned the uprising that led to the war of independence.
2013 - Japanese Car Makers Recall Vehicles
2013 : Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda announced that they would be recalling a total of 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to a defective part in airbags. The vehicles were sold between 2000 and 2004 and some of the models affected included the Toyota Yaris and Corolla, Honda CRV and Civic and others.
2014 - United States BMW Recalls 165,000 Cars
2014 : Car manufacturer BMW has announced they will recall 165,000 vehicles sold in the United States because defective bolts that could loosen or break causing engine damage to the cars. The recall would effect the 2010 to 2012 models of the Series 5 and Z4.
Born This Day In History 11th April
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Born: Jocelyn Eve Stoker 11th April 1987 Dover, Kent, England
Known For : Joss Stone is a British born Soul, R&B and blues singer, she gained her big break following her win on the British Talent Show "Star for a Night" ( 2001 ). Following her win ( 14 years old ) she was signed to S-Curve Records and moved to America to begin recording her first album "The Soul Sessions" released in 2003 which gained success on the British Charts, the following year she released her second album "Mind, Body & Soul" which made the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 1 on the UK Albums Charts. She has since began an acting career making her film debut as the witch Angela in the fantasy adventure film Eragon.