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It happened on October 11th in History

  • October 11, 1531 Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.  
  • October 11, 1614 Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
  • October 11, 1737 “Earthquake kills 300,000 & destroys ® of Calcutta India”
  • October 11, 1776 “Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, New York. Although defeated, the American flotilla delayed the British advance and caused it to fall back into winter quarters.”
  • October 11, 1776 Brig Gen Arnold’s Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British
  • October 11, 1797 “British naval forces defeat Dutch off Camperdown, the Netherlands”

  • October 11, 1809 “Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand.”
  • October 11, 1811 “Inventor John Stevens’ boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).”
  • October 11, 1824 “Marquis de Lafayette visits the Washington Navy Yard during his year long tour of America. He returned to the yard the next day, October 12, to continue his visit.”
  • October 11, 1852 “The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.”
  • October 11, 1864 “Campina Grande, Brazil was established as a city.”
  • October 11, 1864 Slavery abolished in Maryland
  • October 11, 1865 “Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.”
  • October 11, 1865 Pres Johnson paroles CSA VP Alexander Stephens
  • October 11, 1890 “The First 100 yard dash under 10 seconds (John Owens 9-4/5 secs, Wash DC)”
  • October 11, 1899 “Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.”
  • October 11, 1899 The Boer War begins in South Africa
  • October 11, 1906 San Francisco public school board sparks United States diplomatic crisis with Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
  • October 11, 1910 “Ex-president Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.”
  • October 11, 1918 “Lt. Wallace L. Algie (20th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Cambrai, France”
  • October 11, 1918 Major Tsumani shakes Caribbean
  • October 11, 1922 “The first woman FBI “”special investigator”” appointed (Alaska Davidson)”
  • October 11, 1923 “German mark falls to 10 billion per ?, 4 billion per $”
  • October 11, 1927 Lou Gehrig elected MVP
  • October 11, 1929 “JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.”
  • October 11, 1930 “Collingwood Football Club in Melbourne, Australia, won the VFL premiership for the fourth consecutive year.”
  • October 11, 1932 “The first political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC”
  • October 11, 1936 “””Professor Quiz””, 1st radio quiz show premieres”
  • October 11, 1941 Beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
  • October 11, 1942 “Battle of Cape Esperance begins: In two-day battle, American task force stops Japanese attack on Guadalcanal and sinks two Japanese ships while losing only USS Duncan (DD-485).”
  • October 11, 1944 Tuvinian People’s Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva was annexed by the U.S.S.R
  • October 11, 1945 “Chinese civil war begins, Chiang Kai-Shek vs Mao Tse-Tung”
  • October 11, 1945 “Typhoon hits Okinawa, damaging many Navy ships.”
  • October 11, 1950 Task Force 77 Aircraft destroy North Korean vessels off Songjin and Wonsan and north of Hungham.
  • October 11, 1950 “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS (RCA will successfully dispute and block the license from taking effect, however).”
  • October 11, 1957 “The Orbit of the last stage of the R-7 Semyorka rocket carrying Sputnik I was first successfully calculated on an IBM 704 computer by teams at The M.I.T. Computation Center and Operation Moonwatch, Cambridge, Massachusetts.”
  • October 11, 1958 “2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back”
  • October 11, 1958 Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
  • October 11, 1962 2nd Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
  • October 11, 1962 Pope John XXIII opens Vatican council