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3/11/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 11

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Today in History in 1918 the first confirmed cased of Spanish Flu in the United States was reported at Fort Riley, Kansas; and in 1998 the ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1425 BC - Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).
  • 843 - Icon veneration officially re-instated in Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople
  • 1502 - Ismail I crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524), founder of the Safavid dynasty
  • 1789 - Benjamin Banneker with L'Enfant begin to lay out Washington DC
  • 1791 - Samuel Mulliken, Phila, is 1st to obtain more than 1 US patent
  • 1918 - Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia
  • 1918 - First confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas.
  • 1954 - US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader
  • 1997 - Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space
  • 2011 - An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1931 - Rupert Murdoch, Australia, publisher (NY Post)/CEO (FOX-TV)
  • 1934 - Sam Donaldson, El Paso Texas, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time)
  • 1950 - Bobby McFerrin, singer (Don't Worry Be Happy-Grammy 1989)
  • 1950 - Jerry Zucker, Milwaukee WI, director (Airplane, Naked Gun)
  • 1952 - Douglas Adams, England, author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Famous Weddings

  • 1302 - Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
  • 1598 - Countess Charlotte of Nassau marries duke Claude de la Tremoille
  • 1787 - Naval officer Horatio Nelson (28) weds Frances Nisbet at Montpelier Estate on the island of Nevis
  • 1949 - CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois
  • 2009 - Actress and singer Mandy Moore (28) weds alt-country/rock singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (37) Savannah, Georgia

Famous Divorces

  • 1958 - Actress Agnes Moorehead (57) divorces actor/film director Robert Gist (40) after 5 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1955 - Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73
  • 1970 - Erle Stanley Gardner, US writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80
  • 2007 - Betty Hutton, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2010 - Merlin Olsen, American football player / Actor (b. 1940)

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