Today in History, English
Today in History, English

90721August 11Event1786 – Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia.
90722August 11Event1804 – Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria.
90723August 11Event1812 – Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.
90724August 11Event1813 – In Colombia, Juan del Corral declares the independence of Antioquia.
90725August 11Event1858 – The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.
90726August 11Event1898 – Spanish–American War: American troops enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
90727August 11Event1918 – World War I: The Battle of Amiens ends.
90728August 11Event1919 – The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.
90729August 11Event1920 – The Latvian–Soviet Peace Treaty, which relinquished Russia's authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed, ending the Latvian War of Independence.
90730August 11Event1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
90731August 11Event1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
90732August 11Event1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.
90733August 11Event1945 – Poles in Kraków engage in a pogrom against Jews in the city, killing one and wounding five.
90734August 11Event1947 – Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founding father of Pakistan, gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly, the contents and meaning of which remain contentious today.
90735August 11Event1949 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 72 and 73 are adopted on Palestinian question.
90736August 11Event1952 – Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.
90737August 11Event1959 – Sheremetyevo International Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, opens.
90738August 11Event1960 – Chad declares independence.
90739August 11Event1961 – The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
90740August 11Event1962 – Vostok 3 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev becomes the first person to float in microgravity.
90741August 11Event1965 – Race riots (the Watts Riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
90742August 11Event1968 – The last steam hauled train runs on British Rail
90743August 11Event1972 – Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.
90744August 11Event1975 – East Timor: Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.
90745August 11Event1979 – Two Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-134s collide over the Ukrainian city of Dniprodzerzhynsk and crash, killing all 178 aboard both airliners.
90746August 11Event1982 – A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii, killing one passenger and injuring 15 others.
90747August 11Event1984 – "We begin bombing in five minutes" – United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
90748August 11Event1995 - 1995 Russell Hill subway accident - The 1995 Russell Hill subway accident was a deadly train crash that occurred in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Three people were killed and 30 were taken to hospital with injuries when one train rear-ended another trai
90749August 11Event1999 – The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
90750August 11Event2003 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

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