Thursday, March 11, 2010

Events in History For Today

Have you ever (randomly) wondered about what types of world events in history transpired on certain days. Well, I got up this morning and wondered to myself that very question. Here's a bit of the mental conversation.

Self: Hey, get your butt back in bed! Do you know what today is?

Michelle: Yes, it's a work day. So I have to get up. What's your beef about now?

Self: TODAY! What's the date today, you bonehead?

Michelle: Why ask me? I barely pay attention to what month or year it is. When the flowers come out, it's spring. When the leaves fall, it's autumn. When those annoying tax commercials come on, it's a new year. That's about the gist of my paying attention to the time.

Self: BONEHEAD! Today's March 11. What does that mean to us?

Michelle: That I still have two more work days ahead before I have a day off. Shut up and let me take my shower before I'm late!

Well, I won't digress too much on the rest of the conversation. I did know what today meant. I just liked pulling my own chain about it. But I also wondered what today meant throughout history. I went to this nifty site called Brainhistory and it gave me the rundown. Unfortunately, I did notice they left a few tidbits out, two important ones, which I will include in the list in bold and UPPERCASED.

So, for your reading pleasure, here is what happened throughout history for March 11.
2006- Slobodan Milosevic found dead in cell in the Hague
2004- At least 170 die in train bombings in Madrid
1997- 3rd Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
1997- Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
1997- Beatle Paul McCartney knighted Sir Paul by the Queen
1997- San Francisco Giant J. T. Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
1996- Chris Harris scores 130 in losing New Zealand side vs. Australia, World Cup
1996- Mark Waugh scores 110 vs. New Zealand for his third century of the World Cup
1995 -36.8 degrees F (-38.2 degrees C) in Chosedachar, Komi-district, on 67 degrees N
1995- President Nazarbajev disbands Kazachstan parliament
1995- Sinn Fein party leader, Gerry Adams, arrives in U.S.
1995- Yolanda Chen hop-skip-jumps world indoor record 15.03m
1994- Eduardo Frei succeeds Patricio Aylwin as president of Chile
1993- Men's Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Kurt Browning CAN
1991- Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records
1991- John Smith, amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award
1991- Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked first
1990- 16th People's Choice Awards
1990- Lithuania declares it's Independence
1990- Maggie Will wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
1988- Utrecht conservatory destroyed by fire
1987- Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point
1986- 1 million days since traditional foundation of Rome, 4/21/753 BC
1986- 12th People's Choice Awards
1986- 187.27 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
1986- Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons
1986- Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km
1986- NFL adopts instant replay rule
1985- Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
1984- Chris Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
1983- Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill and Dean (GRB)
1983- Ice Pairs Championship at Helsinki won by Valova and Vasiliev (URS)
1983- Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)
1983- Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
1982- Failed military coup under Rambocus/Hawker in Suriname
1982- Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat sign peace treaty in Washington D.C.
1981- Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins
1981- Johnny Mize and Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1980- Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Australia vs. Pak cricket draw
1979- Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
1979- Randy Hold receives 67 minutes in penalties in a 60 minutes NHL hockey game
1978- Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
1978- USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
1977- Moslems hold 130 hostages in Washington D.C.
1975- Portugal military coup under general Spinola fails
1975- U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1974 Mount Etna in Sicily erupted
1974 Rhino Store gives people 5 cents to take home Danny Bonaduce's Album
1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
1972 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 97 performances
1970 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills and Nash, Peggy Lee win
1970 Iraq Ba'th Party recognizes Kurd nation
1968 Anti-Zionist Clandestine Radio Voice of El Assifa starts transmitting
1968 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 12nd string quartet
1968 Otis Redding posthumously receives gold record for " Dock of the Bay"
1967 Pink Floyd releases their 1st song (Arnold Layne)
1966 Military coup led by Indonesian General Suharto breaks out
1965 Indonesia President Sukarno accepts qualifications of Suharto
1963 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain
1961 Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks and Maple Leafs (20 each)
1960 Pioneer 5 launched into solar orbit between Earth and Venus
1959 "Raisin in the Sun," 1st Broadway play by a black woman, opens
1959 Teddy Scholten wins Eurovision Song festival with "A Little Bit"
1958 Charles Van Doren finally loses on TV game show "21"
1958 Starting this season, AL batters are required to wear batting helmets
1956 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
1954 U.S. Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
1953 1st woman army doctor commissioned (FM Adams)
1953 American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, the bomb doesn't go off due to 6 safety catches
1948 Jewish Agency of Jerusalem bombed
1948 Reginald Weit became the 1st black to play in the U.S. Tennis Open
1948 WBAL TV channel 11 in Baltimore, MD (CBS) begins broadcasting
1945 1,000 allied bombers harass Essen, 4,662 ton bombs
1945 Flemish nazi collaborator Maria Huygens sentenced to death
1944 Dutch resistance fighter Joop Westerweel arrested
1943 Nazi Militia forms in Netherlands
1942 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschewitz Concentration Camp
1942 General MacArthur leaves Corregidor (Bataan) for Australia
1942 Japanese troop land on North-Sumatra
1941 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ
1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Bill to lend money to Britain
1938 Artur Seyss-Inquart replaces Kurt von Schuschnigg as Chancellor of Austria; German troops also entered the country
1935 Bank of Canada opens
1935 Hermann Goering officially creates German Air Force, the Luftwaffe
1934 Netherlands beats Belgium 9-3, in soccer
1930 President and Chief Justice William Taft buried in Arlington
1928 Netherlands and Belgium tie 1-1 (soccer match in Amsterdam)
1927 1st armored commercial car hold-up in U.S., Pittsburgh
1927 1st golden gloves tournament
1927 Samuel Roxy Rothafel opens famous Roxy Theater (New York City)
1926 Eamon da Valera ends leadership of Sinn Fein
1924 3rd term of Belgium Theunis government begins
1924 Eden Phillpotts' "Farmer's Wife," premieres in London
1924 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweeps Ottawa Senators in 2 games
1922 Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in 2 games
1919 General strike in Germany, crushed
1918 Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
1918 Save the Redwoods League founded
1917 British troops occupy Baghdad
1917 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
1912 1st Stanley Cup game to be played in 3 20-minute periods, formerly played in 30-minute halfs, Quebec beats Moncton 9-3 on way to sweep
1910 Jack Hobbs 1st Test ton (187 vs. SAfr), his only Test hit wicket
1905 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Rat Portage Thisles, 2 games to 1
1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
1901 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
1895 Spanish cruiser Reina Regenta sinks at Gibraltar, 400 killed
1892 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachuetts)
1888 Great blizzard of '88 strikes the North East U.S.
1882 Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association organized in Princeton New Jersey
1867 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos," premieres in Paris
1867 Great Mauna Loa eruption (Hawaiian volcano)
1865 General Sherman's Union forces occupies Fayetteville, North Carolina
1864 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1862 General Stonewall Jackson evacuates Winchester Virginia Army of the Potomac, General Henry Halleck is named general-in-chief
1861 Confederate convention in Montgomery, adopts constitution
1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto," premieres in Venice
1850 Woman's Medical College of Penn (1st female medical school)
1835 HMS Beagle anchors off Valparaiso, Chile
1824 U.S. War Department creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs
1823 1st normal school in U.S. opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vt
1812 Citizenship granted to Prussian Jews
1810 Emperor Napoleon married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise
1795 Battle at Kurdla India: Mahratten beat Mogols
1794 Royal Theatre in London's Dury Lane opens
1791 Samuel Mulliken, Philadelphia, is 1st to obtain more than 1 U.S. patent
1789 Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington D.C.
1779 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)
1702 1st English daily newspaper "Daily Courant," publishes
1669 Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000
1665 NY approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights
1649 Treaty of Rueil destroys 1st Fronde-uprising
1598 Countess Charlotte of Nassau marries duke Claude de la Tremoille
1597 Land guardian Albrecht occupies Amiens on France
1567 Geuzen army leaves Walcheren to return to Oosterweel
1563 League of High Nobles routes 2nd protest against King Philip II
1513 Giovanni de' Medici chosen Pope Leo X
1502 Tebriz, shah Ismail I of Persia crowned
1302 Romeo and Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
843 Icon worship officially re-instated in Aya Sofia Constantinople
537 Goths lay siege to Rome
417 Zosimus becomes bishop of Rome
And so, if you actually got through that long list, you know what today was about. A whole lot of important things happened, and two miniscule things concerning this blogger. She was born today, and she turned 35.


  1. OMG, what an auspicious day to have been born on! Happy, happy 35th, Michelle (darn it girl, had you given me some notice, I'da baked you a cake. Hope you have a simply awesome, fantabulous day hon, I'm wishing you the bestest ever year ahead! (x))

  2. That is the longest way I've ever seen of letting anyone into the secret that today is your BIRTHDAY! Many Happy Returns Michelle - Like Shrinky, I hope the year ahead is all that you could wish for. Love 'n' hugs from Pen x

  3. LOL - Happy Birthday, and many happy returns to you. :-)

  4. Happy B'day, Michelle! It seems that some VERY eminent people entered the world in March. . .

    (You know what's funny? My GF1 - the black girl I've told you about? - was born on March 13th; and she'll be 53 day after tomorrow; 53. . . 35. . . coincidence?)

  5. Hurray for WBAL in Baltimore!

    Oh, you were born today? That's cool, too.

    Seriously, I am ashamed that I didn't remember that today is your birthday. I know you'd told me that today was your birthday, months ago, and I should have remembered - or at least made a note so that I would. If it's any consolation, I can barely remember my own name.


    Zoltan D. Pfeffenpfuss

  6. Hey, happy birthday.

    A whole lot of stuff happened on your birthday, didn't it?

  7. Happy bday to you, happy bday to you...

    Congratulations! Aside from the celebratory nature of today with regards to a certain wonderful writer, I saw some interesting things in the list.

    Such as 1917, British occupy Baghdad. Heh. Maybe they screwed it up back then, and that's why we're trying to fix it now. Just sayin...

    Hope you celebrate happily, Michelle.

  8. Happy, happy, happy Birthday!!!! And what a list of events!!! But I think YOU are the tops!!!! Hope this is the very best year ever for you!!!! Love you! Janine XO

  9. Happy Birthday Michelle ! Sure wish we could stop by for some cake and ice cream ! :o)

  10. Thank you, dear friends, for stopping by and giving many happy wishes. It was a great thing to see, getting off work at midnight after a ten-hour shift, and reading such wonderful comments!

    (Yeah, Mr. Zoltan D. Pfeffenpfuss, I did see an awful lot of sports happened on my day. CONCENTRATE ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT! THE BOLD and UPPERCASE STUFF ;-) )

  11. Happy, happy birthday to you!

    I have no idea what happened on my birthday, because frankly, the only important thing about the day is that it's MY birthday.

  12. Damn. I missed it, it took me til now to read through and so I missed it.. whatever .. listen, celebrate the whole month that way my wishes are not so late and you get to have cake, more cake.

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Well Happy Birthday!

    And as for your question about if I've ever wondered abpit what'd happened on certain days... Here's how much of a geek I am:

    Ever morning I get an email I signed up for at that lists all the things (or some anyway) that've happened over the years on this day.

    It didn't mention your birthday though, I'll have to send an open letter to the editor about that...

  14. first time i was early, this time i'm late... sorry hon, hope it was happy!

  15. Thanks again everyone! Your kind wishes are greatly appreciated!

    (As for my auspicious day not being found on, I feel slighted. They are SOOOO not on my gift wish list!)

  16. What a day too be born on, eh? ;)

  17. a very belated happy birthday and how cool that the russians launched something in honor of your birth! ;)


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