“History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.”- Alexis de Tocqueville. History allows us to comprehend how the world functioned in the past and how it functions now. It provides us with the information base upon which we can create our entire lives. It brings us closer to historical events and events so that we can think about them and how things have changed since then. In this blog, we will be providing you with some interesting events and facts that have happened on this day in history- April 11.
What Happened in India on April 11?
1955: Air India Kashmir Princess bombed
In a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the Kuomintang, the Air India Kashmir Princess was bombed and crashed.
2009: Demise of BM Idinabba
On April 11, 2009, B. M. Idinabba, a popular Kannada poet, journalist, freedom fighter, and politician, died.
What Happened Around the World on April 11?
1471: King Edward IV seized London from Henry VI
During the War of the Roses, King Edward IV of England takes London from Henry VI on April 11, 1471.
1512: Battle of Ravenna
The French forces led by Gaston de Foix defeat the Holy League in the Battle of Ravenna in a major battle of the Italian Wars.
1677: Battle at Montcassel
The French troops defeated Prince William III in the Battle of Montcassel.
1814: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated
Napoleon Bonaparte was abdicated unconditionally on April 11, 1814, and was banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba.
1831: 12th century Lewis chess pieces
Shortly after their rediscovery in a sandbank on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, the 12th century Lewis chess pieces were displayed at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on April 11, 1831.
1865: A spirit of generous conciliation
Abraham Lincoln encouraged a spirit of generous conciliation during restoration on April 11, 1865.
1900: US Navy purchased a John Philip Holland submarine
The US Navy acquired the first modern submarine designed and constructed by John Philip Holland on April 11, 1900.
The RMS Titanic set sail from Queenstown, Ireland, for New York.
1950: Prince Rainier III
Prince Rainier III ascended to the throne of Monaco on April 11, 1950.
1951: General Douglas McArthur
General Douglas McArthur is relieved of command in Korea by US President Harry Truman.
1957: Pablo Neruda
Pablo Neruda was arrested in Buenos Aires.
1961: Trial of Adolf Eichmann
The trial of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes committed during World War II began on today in Jerusalem, Israel.
1963: Catholic Encyclical
Pope John XXIII issued the encyclical “Pacem in Terris”, stating that peace between all peoples must be founded on truth, justice, love, and democracy.
1968: Civil Rights Act
The 1968 Civil Rights Act was signed by US President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11, 1968.
1976: Apple I
The Apple I computer, designed by Steve Wozniak, was released.
1979: Tanzanian army captured Kampala
Tanzanian forces seized Kampala, Uganda’s capital forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee to Libya in exile.
1984: Konstantin Chernenko
General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko was elected President of the Soviet Union on April 11, 1984.
2002: Coup d’état
An alleged coup d’état against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez occurs on April 11, 2002.
2006: Iran successfully enriched uranium
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that Iran had successfully enriched uranium.
2012: Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, was diagnosed with prostate cancer on April 11, 2012.
2012: “The Avengers”
On this day in 2012, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” premiered in Los Angeles, starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner.
2015: Barack Obama and Raúl Castro met
Barack Obama and Raul Castro met in Panama on April 11, 2015, the first meeting of US and Cuban heads of state since the Cuban Revolution.
2019: Omar al-Bashir overthrown
After 29 years in power, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was deposed and detained by the army in Khartoum on April 11, 2019.
With 1,056 deaths and 19,638 incidents, Brazil became the first country in the southern hemisphere to record more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on April 11, 2020.
Famous Birthdays on April 11
1869: Kasturba Gandhi
Kasturba Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, was born in Gujarat, India.
1899: Percy Lavon Julian
Percy Lavon Julian, an African American chemist with 130 patents, was born in Montgomery, Alabama on this day.
1925: Ethel Kennedy
Ethel Kennedy, an American human-rights activist and Bobby Kennedy’s wife, was born today in Chicago, Illinois.
1991: Thiago Alcântara
Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento, or simply Thiago is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and Spain national team.