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This Day in History – December 11, 2011

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0361 – Julian the Apostate enters Constantinople as sole Emperor of the Roman Empire. 1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock 1789 – The University of North Carolina is chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly. 1792 – French Revolution: King Louis XVI of France is put on trial for treason by the National Convention. 1815 – the U.S. Senate created a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. 1816 – Indiana becomes the 19th U.S. state. 1888 – French Panamá Canal company fails 1901 – Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland 1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC 1930 – Bank of the United States opens in New York NY 1931 – Japan leaves the Golden Standard 1934 – Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the last time. 1941 – World War II: Germany and Italy declare war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on Germany and Italy. 1946 – Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label 1946 – The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established. 1951 – Joe Dimaggio announces his baseball retirement 1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis weds Myra 1961 – “Please, Mr. Postman” by Marvelettes, released 1961 – Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 weeks 1961 – JFK provides US military helicopters & crews to South Vietnam 1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon. 1975 – 1st class postage rises from 10¢ to 13¢ 1985 – General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC 1997 – Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows 2008 – Bernard Madoff is arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. 2010 – Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.]]]]> ]]>

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