This Day In History | March 11, 2020

  • AUTHOR: anam
  • POSTED ON: March 12, 2020

Look at the Major historical events that have happened around the world on this day.

1. Freed Hostages

In 1977, Hanafi Muslims freed more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C after successful negotiations with the ambassadors of three Islamic nations.

2. First English Newspaper Published

On this day in 1702, Elizabeth Mallet published the first edition of English daily newspaper “The Daily Courant”.

3. The Fall of Baghdad

In 1917, British forces occupied Baghdad in the First World War during the Mesopotamia Campaign.

4. Lend-Lease Bill

On this day in 1941, President Franklin D Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill, granting war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.

5. Capital of Russia

Moscow became the capital of revolutionary Russia on March 11, 1918.

6. Broadway Strike

In 2003, Broadway musicians held the first strike on the Great White Way in nearly 30 years, after a four-day walkout that cost New York City, $10 million.

7. Death of Former President of Serbia

On March 11, 2006, former president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic died in his prison cell, of a heart attack. He was trialled for war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague but died a few months before the verdict announcement.

8. Madrid Explosions

Ten bombs exploded simultaneously across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain in 2004. The bombings killed 191 people in an attack associated with al-Qaida-inspired militants.

9. Japan Earthquake

In 2011, the northeastern coast of Japan struck by a massive tsunami after an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude, killing nearly 20,000 people and over 320,000 people were forced to evacuate from the devasted areas. The disaster severely destroyed the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant.

10. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In 2003, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of Turkey’s governing party, was elected as the Prime Minister.

11. First Influenza Virus Case Reported Among U.S Army Soldiers

In 1918, U.S army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas reported the first case of a deadly flu pandemic, among which 46 soldiers died.

12. The Great White Hurricane

The Blizzard of 1988, also known as the “Great White Hurricane”, swamped the northeastern United States, killing over 400 people.

13. Atlanta Courthouse Killings

On this day in 2005, three people were brutally killed by Brain Nicolas, and a woman was also taken hostage at the apartment of Ashley Smith. The victims were identified as a judge, court reporter and sheriff’s deputy. Nicholas surrendered a day later and later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

14. Douglas MacArthur

In 1942, U.S Army General, Douglas MacArthur went Australia from the Philippines, where he pledged on March 20, “I shall return”, as Japanese forces continued retreating in the Pacific during the World War II.

Updated March 12, 2020
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