Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11: On This Day in History

On This Day in History

March 11, 2017

 Historical Events

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

1918  Moscow becomes capital of revolutionary Russia

1985  Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

2011  9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history

More Historical Events

Famous Birthdays


Rupert Murdoch

86th Birthday


Thora Birch

35th Birthday
More Famous Birthdays

Famous Deaths


Alexander Fleming

(1881 - 1955)

Richard E. Byrd

(1888 - 1957)
More Famous Deaths

March 12th: Wave of Doubt over Britannia


The composer who put "Rule, Britannia!" to music was born on this day, but the original words are not quite what they bellow out at the Last Night of the Proms.
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