On this day…11th April

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.


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