Friday, April 11, 2008

Today in History: April 11

  • 1689 William III, the Prince of Orange & head of the most important Dutch states, and his cousin Mary II, eldest daughter of James II, are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain after their November invasion and the defection of the English Army and Navy, the Glorious Revolution, had sent James II escaping to exile in France. King James' rejection of December's Bill of Rights didn't help.
  • 1961 Holocaust inventor and mass murderer, Adolf Eichmann, stands trial in Israel.
  • 1979 Ugandan dictator and murderer Idi Amin Dada flees to neighboring Libya after the Libyan dictator's help failed to stop elected Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere's army from capturing the Ugandan capital.
  • 1984 First satellite repair, of Solar Max, in space, by Challenger astronauts.
  • 1986 Halley's Comet comes within 39 million miles of Earth; it'll be back in 2061.
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