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4/11/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 11

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Today in History in 1814 Napoleon abdicates unconditionally and is exiled to Elba; in 1912 the RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for New York; and in 2012 fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China.

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

  • 1512 - Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars
  • 1814 - Napoleon abdicates unconditionally; he is exiled to Elba
  • 1868 - The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.
  • 1890 - Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station
  • 1912 - RMS Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for NY
  • 1951 - US President Harry Truman fires Gen Douglas McArthur
  • 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • 1979 - Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala
  • 2013 - Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China
  • 2014 - 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1862 - Charles Evans Hughs, 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41)
  • 1866 - Carla Ford, wife of Henry Ford
  • 1925 - Ethel Kennedy, wife of Bobby
  • 1947 - Meshach Taylor, American actor, born in Altadena, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1987 - Joss Stone, English singer

Famous Weddings

  • 1799 - Politician Henry Clay (21) weds Lucretia Hart in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1888 - Industrialist Henry Ford (24) weds Clara Jane Bryant (22) in Greenfield Township, Michigan
  • 1911 - Actress Mae West (17) weds fellow vaudevillian Frank Wallace (21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969 - South African president Frederik de Klerk marries Marike Willemse
  • 1981 - Valerie Bertinelli marries Eddie Van Halen

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 - "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1926 - Luther Burbank, American botanist (b. 1849)
  • 1983 - Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • 1987 - Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • 2006 - June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • 2007 - Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2007 - Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84
  • 2013 - Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, dies at 88

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