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On This Day in History, December 11

What Happened On This Day – December 11

  • 2008 Bernard Madoff arrested

    Popularly known as Bernie Madoff, the founder and chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested and subsequently convicted of fraud. The Ponzi scheme he was involved in was the biggest such fraud in the history of the United States.

  • 1997 Kyoto Protocol adopted

    The Protocol is a part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty that calls for the restriction of greenhouse gasses by the signatories. The United States signed the treaty but did not ratify it.

  • 1946 UNICEF established

    The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, a U.N. affiliate organization that works for the welfare of children around the world, was founded on this day.

  • 1941 U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy

    The U.S. responded to Italy and Germany's declaration of war, by declaring war on the two countries.

  • 1936 King Edward VIII abdicates from the British throne

    King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

Births On This Day – December 11

  • 1973 Mos Def

    American rapper, actor

  • 1969 Viswanathan Anand

    Indian chess player

  • 1967 Mo'Nique

    American comedian, actress

  • 1943 John Kerry

    American politician, 68th United States Secretary of State

  • 1725 George Mason

    American politician

Deaths On This Day – December 11

  • 2012 Ravi Shankar

    Indian/American sitar player, composer

  • 2008 Bettie Page

    American model, actress

  • 1997 Eddie Chapman

    English spy

  • 1959 Jim Bottomley

    American baseball player, sportscaster

  • 1918 Ivan Cankar

    Slovenian poet, playwright

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