December 11

This Day in History

1994

Russian Troops Enter Chechnya

"On this day in 1994, almost three years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia launched an attack on Chechnya. The small rebellious republic had persisted with its assertion of independence … (more...)

1963

The King Who Abdicated – Edward the Eighth

One of the most sensational events ever to affect the British Royal Family was made public on 11th December 1936, when the King of England, Edward VIII announced in a BBC radio broadcast that he had … (more...)

1936

Edward VIII Abdicates

After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. The eldest son of King George V, Edward ascended to the throne in January 1936. … (more...)

1719

First Recorded Sighting of Aurora

"On this day in 1719, the first recorded sighting of the aurora borealis took place in New England. Rather than awe, the Northern Lights roused fear and alarm of the Judgment Day in those who … (more...)