Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Today in History: March 11

  • 1811 French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier born; predicted existence of Neptune mathematically from known discrepancies of Uranus' orbit.
  • 1811 The Luddite anti-technology riots began in Nottingham, England, with the night-time raiding of factory homes and destruction of advanced looms.
  • 1851 Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi, first performed; a tale of comedy, treachery, and murder; song "La donna รจ mobile".
  • 1890 American engineer Vannevar Bush born; invented the first practical differential analyzer, the world's first analog computer; it solved differential equations.
  • 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege in Washington, D.C. ends; 149 hostages released, 2 murdered.
  • 1978 Coastal Road massacre; 9 Palestinian terrorists hijack an Israeli bus murdering 37 civilians and wounding 71; along the way murdering an American photographer Gail Rubin, niece of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT); The official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah published an article celebrating the 25th anniversary of the terrorist attack in 2003.
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