Saturday, November 12, 2011


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A sequence that will come once in every century. It's definite that we won't be here to see the next one. So I thought I'd see what important things happened on this day.

The most important one is that this was the day when the first world war came to an end with the signing of the armistice between Germany an the Allies. It was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Whoever planned it had style, I must say. Hence, it is know as Armistice Day in Europe. The countries of the commonwealth celebrate it as Remembrance day, or Poppy day, while America celebrates as Veterans day. It's a day to remember all the soldiers past and present who gave their lives for their country.

The following are some other things that happened on 11.11

  • 1500 – Treaty of Granada – Louis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Aragon agree to divide the Kingdom of Naples between them.
  • 1634 – Following pressure from Anglican bishop John Atherton, the Irish House of Commons passes An Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery.
  • 1675 – Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x).
  • 1750 – riots break out in Lhasa after the murder of the Tibetan regent.
  • 1778 – Cherry Valley Massacre: Loyalists and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York during the American Revolutionary War, killing more than forty civilians and soldiers.
  • 1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Dürenstein – 8000 French troops attempt to slow the retreat of a vastly superior Russian and Austrian force.
  • 1813 – War of 1812: Battle of Crysler's Farm – British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign.
  • 1865 – Treaty of Sinchula is signed by which Bhutan cedes the areas east of the Teesta River to the British East India Company.
  • 1869 – The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations.
  • 1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol.
  • 1918 – World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11:00 (The eleventh hour in the eleventh month on the eleventh day) and this is annually honoured with a two-minute silence. The war officially ends on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th 1919.
  • 1918 – Józef Piłsudski assumes supreme military power in Poland - symbolic first day of Polish independence.
  • 1918 – Emperor Charles I of Austria relinquishes power.
  • 1942 – World War II: Nazi Germany completes its occupation of France.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Second Battle of El Alamein is won by the British in El Alamein, Egypt.
  • 1966 – NASA launches Gemini 12.
  • 1975 – Independence of Angola.
  • 1981 – Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations.
  • 1992 – The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.
  • 2004 – The Palestine Liberation Organization confirms the death of Yasser Arafat from unidentified causes. Mahmoud Abbas is elected chairman of the PLO minutes later.
  • 2008 – RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
  • 2011 – This year occur the special date 11/11/11 and the film 11-11-11 was released about it.

Holidays and observances

  • Pocky Day and Pretz Day (Japan)
  • Pepero Day (South Korea)
  • Republic Day (Maldives)
  • Singles Day (China)
  • Women's Day (Belgium)

Thanks to Wikipedia. See the full list here

Have a good weekend...


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