On This Day In History, 11 September


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World Events Today

  • The home video game console, the ROM cartridge-based Atari 2600, was released today in 1977
  • The Bulgarian writer Georgi Markov died today in 1978, he had been injected with ricin from an umbrella, whilst walking across Waterloo Bridge in London 4 days previously

Entertainment Events Today

  • Five on a Treasure Island, the first book in The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, was published today in 1942
  • The American tennis player Serena Williams beat the Swiss player Martina Hingis, at the US Open Women’s Singles today in 1999, it was her first Grand Slam singles title
  • The American biographical drama movie Green Book, inspired by the true story of Don Shirley and Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, premiered today in 2018 at the Toronto International Film Festival

Family Events Today

  • The English writer and poet D H Lawrence, most famous for Lady Chatterley’s Lover, was born today in 1885 in Nottinghamshire
  • The legendary German football player and manager Franz Beckenbauer, one of the few to have won the FIFA World Cup as a player and as a manager, was born today in 1945 in Munich
  • Richard Melville Hall, better known as the American singer-songwriter Moby, whose hits include Go and Feeling So Real, was born today in 1965 in New York

Main Event Today

  • The 911 attack, two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists, crashed into New York’s World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, today in 2001, over 2,500 people were killed

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Make Your Bed Day

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