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On This Day in History, March 11

What Happened On This Day – March 11

  • 2011 The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan

    The nuclear meltdowns occurred after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

  • 2004 191 people die as several bombs explode on Madrid commuter trains

    The bombings were conducted by an Islamist terrorist cell and came 3 days before Spain's general elections.

  • 1990 Lithuania becomes the first Soviet republic to declare its independence

    The Baltic country's secession marked an important step in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

  • 1990 Patricio Aylwin becomes Chile's first democratically elected president since the end of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship

    Pinochet had been in power since a CIA-backed coup d'état in 1973. Under his command, thousands of political opponents were interned, tortured, and killed.

  • 1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, receives its premiere

    Rigoletto is one of the most popular operas of all time. The piece was premiered at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy.

Births On This Day – March 11

  • 1978 Didier Drogba

    Ivorian footballer

  • 1952 Douglas Adams

    English/American author, playwright

  • 1950 Bobby McFerrin

    American singer-songwriter, producer, conductor

  • 1931 Rupert Murdoch

    Australian/American businessman, founded News Corporation

  • 1916 Harold Wilson

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Deaths On This Day – March 11

  • 2006 Slobodan Milošević

    Serbian politician, 3rd President of Serbia, Montenegro

  • 1971 Philo Farnsworth

    American inventor, invented the Fusor

  • 1955 Alexander Fleming

    Scottish scientist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1898 William Rosecrans

    American general, diplomat

  • 1874 Charles Sumner

    American politician

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