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December 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on December 11

December 11th is known as Mountain Day as well as UNICEF Birthday.

Today marks day 345 of the year, and we have 20 days left of the year, and 14 days until Christmas Day.

Everyone who was born on December 11 shares the star sign of Sagittarius.

If today is important to you in any way, then you should check out these facts and events that happened on December 11th throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1866, the first yacht race across the Atlantic Ocean began? The idea started as a drunken bet between some wealthy Americans a couple of months before.

Keep reading for more facts about December 11th in history!

What Happened On December 11 In History?


Climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Source NBC News

A trial for Huntington’s disease procured positive results.

This was a breakthrough trial, as it was the first time a drug has been able to suppress the effects of an incurable brain disorder.

British physicist, Stephen Hawking, won the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, which is the most profitable academic prize in the world.


Tiger Woods announced his indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.


American science fiction movie “Star trek: Insurrection” was released in the US.


Wall Street film directed by Oliver Stone starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen was released.


Time magazine called Susan Sontag “one of Manhattan’s brightest intellectuals” in a review of her groundbreaking essay “Notes on Camp.”


An attack was made at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

OTD in 1964: An attack was made at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City.
While Che Guevara was making a speech, an anonymous terrorist fired a rocket launcher at the building. However, it missed and fell into the river 200 yards from the building.
Source teleSUR

Edward VIII officially announced his abdication.

Despite having signed the official declaration the day prior, Edward did not announce it publicly until later. He made the proclamation in a radio broadcast which shocked the country.
Source BBC

The first yacht race across Atlantic Ocean began.

After a drunken night between some rich yacht owners in New York, the intoxicated men made a challenge and bet $30k each on an Atlantic yacht race - winner take all.

Indiana became the 19th state to join the United States of America.

OTD in 1816: Indiana became the 19th state to join the United States of America.

Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers were attacked by 30 Native Americans. This became known as the “First Encounter.”