What Happened On This Day – November 11
1999 House of Lords Act 1999 passed
The act removed the right to a place in the House of Lords based on peerage and hereditary rights.
1975 Angola independence
Angola gained its independence after over 300 years of Portuguese rule.
1965 Rhodesia declares its independence
Rhodesia, a region that is comprised of present day Zimbabwe declared its freedom from the United Kingdom under the leadership of predominantly white leaders. It lasted for 14 years when it was renamed the Republic of Zimbabwe after being recognized by the UN and the UK.
1926 Approval of numbered highways in the US
Under this system odd numbered highways run north to south while even numbered highways run east to west. Lower odd numbers are in the west, and higher odd number are in the east. Lower even numbers are in the south, and higher even numbers are in the north.
1918 World War I ends
An armistice was signed to formally end the war. With 17 million casualties, the First World War was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history.
Births On This Day,
1974 Leonardo DiCaprio
American actor, producer
1945 Daniel Ortega
Nicaraguan politician, President of Nicaragua
1922 Kurt Vonnegut
1885 George S. Patton
1821 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Deaths On This Day,
2004 Yasser Arafat
Palestinian engineer, politician
1938 Typhoid Mary
Irish/American carrier of Typhoid fever
1887 Haymarket affair
1880 Ned Kelly
1855 Søren Kierkegaard
Danish philosopher, author