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On this day in history - November 11

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.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
November 11

  • 1974 Leonardo DiCaprio

    American actor, producer

  • 1945 Daniel Ortega

    Nicaraguan politician, President of Nicaragua

  • 1922 Kurt Vonnegut

    American author

  • 1885 George S. Patton

    American general

  • 1821 Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Russian author

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Deaths On This Day,
November 11

  • 2004 Yasser Arafat

    Palestinian engineer, politician

  • 1938 Typhoid Mary

    Irish/American carrier of Typhoid fever

  • 1887 Haymarket affair

  • 1880 Ned Kelly

    Australian murderer

  • 1855 Søren Kierkegaard

    Danish philosopher, author