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December 11 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 11. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 50 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 220
    Cao Pi forces Emperor Xian of Han to abdicate the Han dynasty throne. The Cao Wei empire is established. The Three Kingdoms period begins.
  • 361
    Julian the Apostate enters Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire.
  • 630
    Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.
  • 969
    Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas is assassinated by his wife Theophano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.
  • 1282
    Battle of Orewin Bridge: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales, is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, in mid-Wales.
  • 1602
    A surprise attack by forces under the command of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. (Commemorated annually by the Fête de l'Escalade.)
  • 1688
    Glorious Revolution: James II of England, while trying to flee to France, allegedly throws the Great Seal of the Realm into the River Thames.
  • 1789
    The University of North Carolina is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • 1792
    French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention.
  • 1815
    The U.S. Senate creates a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
  • 1816
    Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state.
  • 1868
    Paraguayan War: Brazilian troops defeat Paraguayan at the Battle of Avay.
  • 1905
    A workers’ uprising occurs in Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire), and establishes the Shuliavka Republic.
  • 1907
    The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1917
    World War I: British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.
  • 1920
    Irish War of Independence: In retaliation for an IRA ambush, British forces burn and loot numerous buildings in Cork city. Many civilians also reported being beaten, shot at, robbed and verbally abused by British forces.
  • 1925
    Roman Catholic papal encyclical Quas primas introduces the Feast of Christ the King.
  • 1927
    Guangzhou Uprising: Communist Red Guards launch an uprising in Guangzhou, China, taking over most of the city and announcing the formation of a Guangzhou Soviet.
  • 1931
    Statute of Westminster 1931: The British Parliament establishes legislative equality between the UK and the Dominions of the Commonwealth—Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Ireland.
  • 1934
    Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time.
  • 1936
    Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII’s abdication as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India, becomes effective.
  • 1937
    Second Italo-Ethiopian War: Italy leaves the League of Nations.
  • 1941
    World War II: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on the Empire of Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on them.
  • 1941
    World War II: Poland declares war on the Empire of Japan.
  • 1946
    The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.
  • 1948
    1948 Arab–Israeli War: The United Nations passes General Assembly Resolution 194, creating a Conciliation Commission to mediate the conflict.
  • 1958
    French Upper Volta and French Dahomey gain self-government from France, becoming the Republic of Upper Volta and the Republic of Dahomey (now Benin), respectively, and joining the French Community.
  • 1960
    French forces crack down in a violent clash with protesters in French Algeria during a visit by French President Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1962
    Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • 1964
    Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

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