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11th of December
21st century
2016Dec 11

Iran buys 80 Boeings in a landmark deal

Iran Air finalized a contract to buy 80 planes from US firm Boeing, the official IRNA news agency said, as it seeks to renew its aging fleet despite sanctions. IRNA reported that the contract was worth $16.6 billion, in the first such deal since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

2016Dec 11

Broadway's first a cappella musical opens

The musical "In Transit" directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, premiered in previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre. This production is the first all-a cappella musical on Broadway, with musical direction by Rick Hip-Flores, a cappella arrangements by Deke Sharon.

2015Dec 11

NBA "Hot Rod" dies of cancer at 53

John "Hot Rod" Williams was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association from 1986 to 1999. Williams was diagnosed with colon cancer in April 2014 and died later that year at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at age 53.

2014Dec 11

"The Interview" premieres in Los Angeles

The Interview is an American comedy movie produced and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their second directorial work, following This Is the End. The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, based upon a story he co-authored with Rogen and Goldberg. The premiere was held in Los Angeles.

2010Dec 11

P!nk is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Raise Your Glass"

"Raise Your Glass" is a song by American singer Pink from her first greatest hits compilation Greatest Hits... So Far!!!. The song was written by Pink, Max Martin, and Karl "Shellback" Schuster, and produced by the latter two, who are responsible for many of Pink's hits. In the US, "Raise Your Glass" recharged Pink's chart performance, becoming her 10th Top 10 hit and her third number one hit.

2009Dec 11

Tiger Woods indefinite leaves from professional golf

Tiger Woods announced that he will take an "indefinite" leave from golf in an attempt to repair his personal life, while also admitting to infidelity in his marriage. The disclosure came 2 weeks after an accident near his Florida home led to the revelation of a long list of alleged mistresses, sullying the name of an athlete once upheld as a role model and the perfect pitchman for corporations wanting to enhance their brand.

2009Dec 11

Angry Birds is first released

Angry Birds is a casual puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment. Inspired primarily by a sketch of stylized wingless birds, the game was first released for iOS and Maemo devices. In the game, players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed in or around various structures with the goal of destroying all the pigs on the playing field.

2008Dec 11

Bernard Madoff is arrested over alleged $50 billion fraud

Bernard Lawrence is an American fraudster and a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. He was arrested In December and charged with securities fraud.

2005Dec 11

"V for Vendetta" is released

V for Vendetta is a 2005 dystopian political thriller movie directed by James McTeigue and written by The Wachowskis, based on the 1988 DC/Vertigo Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. V for Vendetta had its first major premiere at Butt-Numb-A-Thon, followed by a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

2004Dec 11

Snoop Dogg and Pharrell are at #1 on the US singles chart

Drop It Like It's Hot is a hit single by American rapper Snoop Dogg featuring American singer and producer Pharrell. Snoop Dogg performs the chorus and the second and third verses, while Pharrell performs the first verse. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks making it Snoop Dogg's first number one on the chart. It was also his 4th top 10 as a solo artist.

2002Dec 11

Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal

Sakic's 500th career goal came against the Vancouver Canucks, but Brendan Morrison and Daniel Sedin scored power-play goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Avalanche last night. Sakic received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 18,422. The play was halted, and Sakic's teammates came off the bench to congratulate him as he waved to his parents in the stands.

1999Dec 11

Gran Turismo 2 is released

Gran Turismo 2 is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation. Gran Turismo 2 was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Upon the game's release, players shortly found various errors and glitches. SCEA did not ignore the outcry and offered a replacement if any problems occurred. For example, the maximum attainable completion percentage was 98.2%.

1998Dec 11

The first multicellular genome is sequenced

The international scientific team published the first whole genetic sequence of a multicellular organism. It was the nematode (roundworm) Caenorhabditis elegans, which is used as a model organism in many fields of biology. The genome had about 100 million base pairs (human genome has about three billion base pairs).

1996Dec 11

American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is born

Hailee Steinfeld is an American actress and singer. Steinfeld was born in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Cheri, an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She first became known for her portrayal of Mattie Ross in True Grit, which earned her an Academy Award nomination.

1993Dec 11

Janet Jackson is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Again"

"Again" was a success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching the top 40. The song topped the Billboard charts for 2 weeks, being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in December. The song was also a success on other Billboard component charts, including the Top 40 Mainstream.

Cold-war era
1989Dec 11

"City of Angels" opens at the Virginia Theatre

City of Angels opened on Broadway at the Virginia Theatre and closed in 1992 after 879 performances and 24 previews. It was directed by Michael Blakemore with sets designed by Robin Wagner, costumes by Florence Klotz and lighting by Paul Gallo.

1987Dec 11

"Wall Street" is released

Wall Street is an American drama movie, directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, which stars Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, and Daryl Hannah. The film tells the story of Bud Fox, a young stockbroker who becomes involved with Gordon Gekko, a wealthy, unscrupulous corporate raider. Stone made the movie as a tribute to his father, Lou Stone, a stockbroker during the Great Depression.

1985Dec 11

Most goals are scored by two teams in single game

The 21 goals scored by both teams are the most in an NHL game played by the Edmonton Oilers. Wayne Gretzky assisted on 7 goals in the 12-9 win for the Edmonton Oilers over the Chicago Black Hawks. Oilers Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson each scored a hat-trick.

1982Dec 11

Toni Basil is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Mickey"

"Mickey" is a song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil on her debut album Word of Mouth. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as "Kitty", it was first recorded by UK music group Racey appearing on their debut album Smash and Grab. The single scored number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for one week and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

1981Dec 11

Muhammad Ali's last fight

Drama in Bahama was a 10 round boxing match that took place between Muhammad Ali and Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas. Ali was 39 years old at this time, and Berbick was 27 years old. The fight went the distance with Berbick winning through a unanimous decision on points. This was Ali's last boxing match.

1981Dec 11

The El Mozote massacre

The El Mozote Massacre took place in and around the village of El Mozote, in Morazán department, El Salvador, when the Salvadoran Army killed more than 800 civilians during the Salvadoran Civil War. In December 2011, the Salvadoran government apologized for the massacre.

1972Dec 11

Last Moon landing

Astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt from Apollo 17 landed on the Moon. The landing site was valley Taurus–Littrow on the edge of Mare Serenitatis. It was chosen with the objectives of sampling highland and young volcanic material in the same location. Cernan and Harrison Schmitt explored it for three days.

1967Dec 11

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" premieres in NYC

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is an American comedy-drama movie produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Hepburn. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was a box-office hit in 1968 throughout the US, including in Southern states where it was traditionally assumed that few white filmgoers would want to see any film with black leads.

1964Dec 11

Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in NYC

During Guevara's hour-long, impassioned address at the UN, he criticized the United Nations' inability to confront the "brutal policy of apartheid" in South Africa, asking "Can the United Nations do nothing to stop this?" Guevara then denounced the United States policy towards their black population.

1961Dec 11

Elvis Presley starts a 20-week run at #1 on the US album chart

Blue Hawaii is the 4th soundtrack album by American singer Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor Records in mono and stereo. It is the soundtrack to the 1961 film of the same name starring Presley. In the US, the album spent 20 weeks at the number one slot and 39 weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Pop LPs chart.

1961Dec 11

The Marvelettes are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. It is the debut single by the Marvelettes for the Tamla label, notable as the 1st Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

1960Dec 11

Musical "Wildcat" with Lucille Ball premieres in NYC

Wildcat is a musical with a book by N. Richard Nash, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, and music by Cy Coleman. The original production opened on Broadway, starring a 48-year-old Lucille Ball in her only Broadway show. The show introduced the song Hey, Look Me Over, which was subsequently performed as a cover version by several musicians.

Post-war period
1946Dec 11

UNICEF is established

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its 1st chairman from 1946. On Rajchman's suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director.

World War II
1941Dec 11

Nazi Germany declares war against the United States

Nazi Germany declared war against the United States, in response to what was claimed to be a series of provocations by the United States government when the US was still officially neutral during World War II. The decision to declare war was made by Adolf Hitler, apparently offhand, almost without consultation.

Interwar period
1936Dec 11

Edward VIII abdication crisis

A constitutional crisis arose when King-Emperor Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, who was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing a divorce of her second. The marriage was opposed by the governments of the UK and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth. Religious, legal, political and moral objections were raised.

1918Dec 11

Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is born

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. Solzhenitsyn was born in Kislovodsk, RSFSR. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system.

19th century
1863Dec 11

Deaf astronomer is born

American astronomer Annie Jump Cannon specialized in the classification of stellar spectra. She cataloged over 225,000 stars and organized them in classes according to their surface temperature. This classification is still in use. Cannon was nearly deaf and she was a member of the National Women's Party.

1843Dec 11

Father of bacteriology is born

German physician and microbiologist Robert Koch identified causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax. He formulated rules how to link specific microorganism to a specific disease. They are called Koch’s postulates and they are still in use today. Koch also discovered many basic microbiological methods.

1816Dec 11

Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state

On June 10, 1816, delegates assembled at Corydon to write the constitution, which was completed in 19 days. President James Madison approved Indiana's admission into the union as the nineteenth state in December. In 1825, the state capital was moved from Corydon to Indianapolis.


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