Today in History: January 11

Today in History: January 11

Hundreds of thousands of French citizens take part in a solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris, Jan. 11, 2015. CREDIT: Charles Platiau/Reuters


1928
– The English writer and poet Thomas Hardy, noted for his novels “The Mayor of Casterbridge” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, died.


1935 – The American aviator Amelia Earhart made the first transpacific solo airplane flight by a woman.


1976 – A three-man military junta seized power from President Guillermo Rodriguez Lara in Ecuador.


1987 – Children set world record for Kung Fu exercises.


2003 – The governor of Illinois commuted the sentences of all the state’s 150 inmates on death row, re-igniting the national debate about capital punishment.


2004 – Mark Tuitert sets new world record in speed skating.


2007 – Tower of London appoints first female Yeoman.


2008 – The New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, who along with Nepal’s Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first to conquer the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, died aged 88.


2008 – World’s first commercial air service from Hobart to Antarctica.


2009 – An Indonesian ferry carrying 250 passengers from Pare-Pare on the west coast of Sulawesi to the city of Samarinda capsized and sank in a storm after being hit by a large wave.


2015 – Hundreds of thousands of French citizens march in unprecedented tribute to victims of Paris attacks.