This Day in History: March 11th

Updated on March 15, 2017
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Larry Slawson received his Masters Degree in History at UNC Charlotte. He specializes in Russian and Ukrainian history.

MARCH 11th
MARCH 11th

This Day in History: March 11th (Fast Facts)

March 11th

Zodiac Sign: Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)

Day Number: 70th Day of the Year (71st Day during Leap Years) -- 295 Days remaining in year 2017.

Birthstone: Bloodstone

Birth Flower: Daffodils

International Holidays and Observances Today: National Worship of Tools Day; Johnny Appleseed Day; Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day; World Plumbing Day

Moon Cycle: Waxing Gibbous

Number of Days President Trump Has Been in Office: 51's Word of the Day: Canard -- a false or baseless story.

Random Fact of the Day: Water and tea are the world's two most popular drinks, with beer coming in third place.

Inspirational Quote of the Day: "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside you." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Daily Bible Verse: "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." -- Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV

Random Russian Word of the Day: Pochtee' (Almost; nearly) -- почти (Cyrillic)

Daily Joke: Confucius say: Man who run in front of car get tired!

Famous Birthdays On This Day

1.) Harold Wilson (Prime Minister of Britain)

2.) Rupert Murdoch (Owner of FOX)

3.) Antonin Scalia (Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice)

4.) Douglas Adams (English Author)

5.) Jesse Jackson Jr. (Journalist/U.S. Representative)

6.) Brad Carson (Politician)

7.) Terrence Howard (Actor)

8.) Cedric Henderson (Professional Basketball Player)

9.) Joel Madden (Singer/Songwriter)

10.) Thora Birch (Actress)

11.) Anton Yelchin (Russian Actor)

*And a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to all my readers born on this day as well!

Famous Historical Events On This Day

1.) In 537, the Goths lay siege to Rome.

2.) In 1302, the William Shakespeare characters -- Romeo and Juliet -- marry.

3.) In 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte marries Archduchess Marie Louise.

4.) In 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is created by the United States government.

5.) In 1861, the Confederate States of America developed and adopted its constitution.

6.) In 1901, Andrew Carnegie becomes the world's richest man.

7.) In 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was ordered out of the Philippines, stating: "I shall return."

8.) In 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of the Soviet Union.

9.) In 1993, Janet Reno becomes the United States' first female Attorney General.

10.) In 2004, Al-Qaeda attacks train stations in Madrid, Spain; More than 200 people are killed from the bombs.

11.) In 2011, Japan is hit by both an earthquake and tsunami, creating a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Stay tuned for more "this day in history" articles! For my March 10th article, click here.

Additional Information: March 11th, 2004 Train Bombings (Madrid)

On the morning of 11 March 2004 -- just days from the general election for Spain's government -- simultaneous bombs were detonated on the Cercanius train system of Madrid. The attacks, which were believed to have been inspired by the global terrorist network, al-Qaeda, killed 191 individuals, and injured more than 2,000.

Spanish miners were discovered to have aided in the tragedy by supplying terrorists with explosive devices. The bombings are considered to be the worst terrorist attack in Spain's history. It is believed that the bombs were detonated in retaliation for Spain's participation in the U.S. led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

A memorial of olive and cypress trees was constructed at the El Retiro Park near the Atocha Railway Station that came under attack.

Current News, Politics, and Economics for March 11th

American News/Politics

  • United States Vice President, Mike Pence, travels to Louisville Kentucky to discuss the new Republican healthcare plan.
  • U.S. Attorney, Preet Bharara fired by Trump Administration
  • Secret Service arrests a man after he attempted to enter the White House.

World News

  • 40 people killed in explosion that rocked Damascus, Syria.
  • United Nations reports that nearly 20 million people are facing starvation in the world.

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      • Larry Slawson profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry Slawson 

        2 years ago from North Carolina

        Thanks Dora! I'm glad that you enjoyed! I'm going to try and post one of these each day. I'm still trying to think of some ways that I can add to these posts (i.e. more sections and fun sources of facts).

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 years ago from The Caribbean

        A very interesting summary of this day in history. Good source for both serious and fun trivia questions. Thanks.


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