It happened one 11 March

1818 : Frankenstein

On March 11, 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is published. The young British writer was then 21 years old.

1851 : Premiere of Rigoletto

On March 11, 1851, the first performance of Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, is given at La Fenice in Venice.

1888 : Great Blizzard of '88

On March 11, 1888, began one of the worst blizzard in U.S. history. It paralyzed the U.S. East Coast for a week with snowfall reaching 1m30 high and caused the deaths of 400 people.

1985 : Mikhail Gorbachev

On 11 March 1985, just after the death of Konstantin Chernenko, Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He contributed to the end of the Cold War and undertook radical reforms in his policy of Perestroika.

2004 : Madrid bombings

On March 11, 2004, four commuter trains are under attack from terrorists who exploded 10 bombs through mobile phones. Nearly 200 people are killed and 1,500 injured. The attack was attributed to Moroccan Islamists linked to al-Qaida attack in retaliation for Spain's involvement in the Iraq War.

2011 : Earthquake in Japan

On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m. local time, an earthquake of moment magnitude 9.0 hits Japan, at 373 km from Tokyo. The devastating waves of the tsunami which follows cause immense damage. This is the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan at that time.

Quote of the day : 11 March

Mikhail Gorbachev
Democracy must learn to defend itself.

Birthdays : 11 March

Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (1787)
Raoul Walsh, American director (1887)
Dorothy Gish, American actress (1898)
J. C. R. Licklider, American scientist, precursor of the Internet (Intergalactic Computer Network, ARPANET) (1915)
Nicolaas Bloembergen, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize (1920)
Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (1926)
Rupert Murdoch, Australian media magnate (1931)
Sandra Milo, Italian actress (1935)
Dominique Sanda, French actress (1948)
Jerry Zucker, American director (1950)
Nina Hagen, German singer (1955)
Curtis Brown, American astronaut (1956)
Cheryl Lynn, American singer (1957)
Alex Kingston, English actress (1963)
Soraya, American singer (1969)
Christopher Rice, American writer (1978)
Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer (1978)
Benji Madden, American musician (Good Charlotte) (1979)
Joel Madden, American musician (Good Charlotte) (1979)
Anna Tsuchiya, Japanese singer (1984)

They left us one 11 March

Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (1907)
Henri Giraud, French general (1949)
Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, discoverer of penicillin, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1955)
Richard Byrd, American explorer (1957)
Erle Stanley Gardner, American novelist (1970)
Claude François, French singer (1978)
Richard Brooks, American director (1992)
Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia and Yugoslavia (2006)

Tip of the Day : 11 March

Cleaning your eyeglasses

To clean your glasses when you run out of product to do it, you can use vodka or white vinegar and then wipe with a paper towel.

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