2007-04-11 / Opinion

A day in history: April 11

+ 491 - Flavius Anastasius becomes Byzantine Emperor, with the name of Anastasius I.

+ 1079 - Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow is executed by order of Bolesaw II of Poland.

+ 1241 - Batu Khan defeats Béla IV of Hungary at the Battle of Muhi.

+ 1512 - War of the League of Cambrai: French forces led by Gaston de Foix was victorious in the Battle of Ravenna.

+ 1713 - War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne's War): Treaty of Utrecht.

+ 1775 - Last execution for witchcraft in Germany.

+ 1828 - Foundation of Bahia Blanca

+ 1856 - In Rivas, Nicaragua, Juan Santamaria burns down the hostel where William Walker's filibusters are holed up.

+ 1865 - Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech.

+ 1868 - The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.

+ 1876 - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized.

+ 1888 - The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam is inaugurated.

+ 1899 - Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States.

+ 1905 - Einstein reveals his Theory of Relativity.

+ 1915 - Charlie Chaplin releases The Tramp.

+ 1919 - International Labour Organization founded.

+ 1921 - First sports broadcast on the radio.

+ 1921 - The Emirate of Transjordan is created.

+ 1945 - World War II: United States forces liberate Buchenwald concentration camp.

+ 1951 - Korean War: President Harry S. Truman relieves General Douglas MacArthur of overall command in Korea.

+ 1951 - The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which English monarchs are traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its traditional (to the British government) location in Westminster Abbey.

+ 1952 - The Battle of Nanri island takes place.

+ 1955 - The Air India Kashmir Princess downs in a failed assassination attempt on Zhou Enlai by the KMT.

+ 1957 - Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

+ 1961 - Bob Dylan makes his singing debut in New York City.

+ 1961 - Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem.

+ 1965 - The Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1965: Fifty-one tornadoes hit in six Midwestern states, killing 256 people.

+ 1968 - Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

+ 1968 - German student leader Rudi Dutschke is shot in Berlin.

+ 1970 - Apollo 13 is launched.

+ 1979 - Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.

+ 1981 - A massive riot in Brixton, South London, results in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries.

+ 1985 - Vishal Harnal was born.

+ 1987 - The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan.

+ 1996 Panathinaikos becomes the first Greek team to win the European Championships (now Euroleague) in Paris, beating FC Barcelona by 67-66.

+ 2001 - The detained crew of a United States EP-3E aircraft that landed in Hainan, People's Republic of China, after a collision with an J-8 fighter is released.

+ 2001 - Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying game, an international record.

+ 2002 - The Ghriba synagogue bombing by Al Qaeda kills 21 in Tunisia.

+ 2002 - An attempted coup d'état in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez began.

+ 2006 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.

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