On This Day In History, 11 December


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World Events Today

  • About 6 million US Dollars worth of cash and jewelry were stolen during the Lufthansa heist, a robbery at John F Kennedy International Airport, today in 1978, the robbery was featured in the Goodfellas movie
  • The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, was signed by almost every country in the world, today in 1997
  • Bernard Madoff, the former investment advisor and financier, was arrested and charged today in 2008, his Ponzi scheme fraud was estimated to be worth more than 50 billion US Dollars

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first episode of the American crime drama television series Magnum PI, starring Tom Selleck, aired today in 1980 on the CBS network
  • The American boxer Cassius Clay, also known as Muhammad Ali, fought his 61st and final fight today in 1981, he lost to Trevor Berbick
  • The movie Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, was released today in 1987

Family Events Today

  • The chef, restaurateur, and television personality, Marco Pierre White, the first British chef to be awarded three Michelin stars, was born today in 1961 in Leeds
  • The American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, famous for hits such as Wonderful World and Chain Gang, died today in 1964 aged 33 under mysterious circumstances
  • The British television presenter and actor, Keith Chegwin, who appeared in many children’s television programmes in the 1970s and 1980s, died today in 2017 aged 60

Main Event Today

  • UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world, was founded today in 1946

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Noodle Ring Day

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