This Day in History – January 11

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January 11

If you look at any date in the past, it will definitely have some historical significance. There might be some event which happened on every date there is and is therefore remembered by us all. Have you ever wondered what events happened on 11 January? Do you wish to know what events happened on this date? Then this blog is just for you as we are going to list all the key events which happened on 11th January.

532 – Nika Riots
The Nika Riots took place in Constantinople with an aim to overthrow Emperor Justinian I.

630 – Conquest of Mecca
The Quraysh Tribe surrenders and Prophet Muhammad and his followers are able to conquer the city of Mecca.

947 – Invasion of Later Jin
The invasion and subsequent destruction of Later Jin took place on 11 January 947 by Emperor Tai Zong of the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty. 

1055 – Crowning of Theodora III Porphyrogenita
On 11 January 1055 Theodora III, became the empress of the Byzantine Empire. 

1569 – Lottery
First ever recorded lottery of England came into being. 

1571 – Freedom of Religion
The freedom of religion is granted to the nobility of Australia. 

1693 – Sicily earthquake
A powerful Earthquake of 7.4 Richter scale hit Sicily, Italy on 11 January, 1693 destroying almost 70 towns. 

1779 – Crowning of Ching-Thang Khomba
Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned as the emperor of Manipur.

1787 – Titania and Oberon
Two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon are discovered by William Herschel. 

1863 – Battle of Arkansas Post ends
The Battle of Arkansas Post which was a part of the Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War came to an end on 11 January 1863. 

1863 – Action off Galveston Light
The naval battle Action off Galveston Light, fought during the American Civil War ended with the sinking of Hatteras by CSS Alabama. 

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War
The Anglo-Zulu War which was fought between Zulu kingdom and the British Empire began on 11 January 1879. 

1912 –  Lawrence Textile Strike
The Lawrence Textile Strike was a strike organised by immigrant workers of Lawrence against the exploitative policies of the government. 

1917 – Kingsland Explosion
On 11 January 1917 an explosion took place at a munitions factory in Lyndhurst, United States during the first world war. 

1922 – First Use of Insulin
Insulin was used to treat diabetes for the first time on 11 January 1922. 

1923 – Occupation of the Ruhr
The beginning of the period of military occupation of the Ruhr region of Germany by France and Belgium. 

1935 – Amelia Earhart
Amelia Mary Earhart and American aviation pioneer was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 

1942 – Japanese Capture of Kuala Lumpur
On 11 January during the first world war, the Japanese forces captured Kuala Lumpur. 

1942 – Battle of Tarakan
The Battle of Tarakan took place in Tarakan Island, Northeast of Borneo Island which eventually ended with Japanese victory. 

1943 – Sino-British Treaty for the Relinquishment of Extra-Territorial Rights in China
Sino- British treaty was a bilateral treaty signed  between the British and the Chinese governments in Chongqing on 11 January 1943. 

1943 – Assassination of Carlo Tresca
Carlo Tresca, a newspaper editor and the leader of the Industrial Workers of the World was assassinated in New York City. 

1957 – African Convention
On 11 January 1957, the African Convention, a political party in French West Africa was founded at a meeting in Dakar. 

1962 – Soviet submarine B-37 Sinks
Soviet submarine B-37, a submarine of the Soviet Navy’s Northern Fleet exploded and sank on 11 January 1962.

1964 – Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States
Smoking and Health, An anti smoking report was published by the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee. 

1972 – Bangladesh
East Pakistan is renamed Bangladesh

1986 – Gateway Bridge
The Gateway Bridge which runs across the Brisbane River was officially opened on 11 January 1986. 

1996 – Ban on IRA is Lifted
On 11 January 1994, the Irish government lifted the ban on the IRA (Official Irish Republican Army) and Sinn Féin.

1998 – STS-72
A space shuttle endeavour named STS-72 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on 11 January 1998. 

1998 – Sidi-Hamed Massacre
Sidi-Hamed massacre took place in Sidi-Hamed, Algiers killing 103 people and injuring 70 others. 

2003 – 167 Prisoners Given a Death Sentence
As a result of the death row on account of the Jon Burge scandal, 167 prisoners were given a death sentence by Illinois governor George Ryan. 

So, this was a list of events which happened on January 11. If you had fun going through this list and wish to read more such content, then stay tuned with Leverage Edu.

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