On this day…11th April
1471 – Wars of the Roses: King Edward IV of England seizes London from Henry VI.
1750 – Jack Slack retains Champion of England boxing title, beating Frenchman Jean Petit in 7 rounds. This is acknowledged as the first international prize fight.
1814 – Napoleon abdicates unconditionally. He is exiled to Elba.
1868 – The shogunate is abolished in Japan.
1933 – Hermann Goering becomes the Premier of Prussia.
1941 – After Germany blitzes Coventry, England, Churchill states, ‘Hitler will have to break us, or lose the war’.
1957 – Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.
1961 – The trial of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes begins in Jerusalem, Israel.
1966 – Frank Sinatra records ‘Strangers in the Night’.
1970 – Apollo 13 launched to the moon. It was unable to land and returned in 6 days.
1981 – Larry Holmes beats Trevor Berbick in 15 for the Heavyweight boxing title.
1984 – Chinese troops invade Vietnam.
1992 – IRA bombs London financial district, killing 3.
2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.
2013 – Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.