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
American comedian, actress
1943 John Kerry
American politician, 68th United States Secretary of State
1725 George Mason
Deaths On This Day – December 11
2012 Ravi Shankar
Indian/American sitar player, composer
2008 Bettie Page
American model, actress
1997 Eddie Chapman
1959 Jim Bottomley
American baseball player, sportscaster
1918 Ivan Cankar
Slovenian poet, playwright