Events on 11 December
1882 - Boston's Bijou Theatre, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan's "Iolanthe"
1906 - US president Roosevelt attacks abuses in the Congo
1909 - Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC
1913 - "Mona Lisa," stolen from Louvre Museum in 1911, recovered
1917 - 13 black soldiers hanged for participation in Houston riot
1919 - Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Ala
1928 - Buenos Aires police thwart an attempt on Pres-elect Herbert Hoover
1931 - Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, NZ, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd
1936 - Edward VIII announces in a radio broadcast that he is abdicating the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson
1941 - Japanese occupy Guam
1961 - Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes, in Israel
1961 - Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks
US President John F. Kennedy
1961 - JFK provides US miltary helicopters & crews to South Vietnam
1964 - Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. An unknown terrorist fires a mortar shell at the building during the speech.
1967 - 6.5 earthquake in West India, 170 killed
1967 - People's front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) established
1967 - SST prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
1971 - The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.
1972 - Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th on Moon
1975 - 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
1978 - 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NY Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
1980 - The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (known as either CERCLA or Superfund) is enacted by the U.S. Congress.
1981 - Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
1981 - El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
1983 - 1st visit to Lutheran church by a pope (John Paul II in Rome)
1985 - Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
1986 - South Africa censors press
1990 - 13 die in 83 vehicle accident in Chattanooga Tn I-75, due to fog
1991 - William Kennedy Smith found not guilty of rape
1992 - Nor'easter storm hits NY, doing $ Billion worth of damage
1994 - Russian troops enter Chechnya
1997 - The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change opens for signature.
2008 - Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
2009 - Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.
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.
2012 - 125 people are killed and 200 are injured by bombings in Aqrab, Syria
2012 - HSBC bank settles with US authorities to pay $1.9 billion for drug cartel money laundering