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by Paul Kiser
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Paul Kiser

Article first published as
2011 Dates of Historical Note
on Technorati

Historical milestones coming in 2011:


15th – Wikipedia’s 10-year anniversary

17th – 50 years ago President Dwight Eisenhower warned America of the growing “military-industrial complex”

18th – 100 years ago the first plane landed on a ship (USS Pennsylvania)

1st plane landing on a ship

31st – 40 years ago Apollo 14 launched on a mission to land on the moon
and 50 years ago Ham, the Chimp, was launched into space.


1st – 50 years ago America tested its first ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile)

9th – 50th anniversary of The Beatles first performance (The Cavern Club, Great Britain)

The Beatles at the Cavern Club

14th – 5th anniversary of YouTube (and Valentine’s Day)

15th – 50 years ago the entire US Skating Team was killed in a plane crash

1961 US Skating Team killed in plane crash


1st – 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps

3rd – actress Jean Harlow was born 100 years ago

6th – actor and President Ronald Reagan was born 100 years ago

8th – the first International Women’s Day was 100 years ago

23rd – 10th anniversary of the Mir space station re-entering Earth’s atmosphere

26th – playwright Tennessee Williams was born 100 years ago


1st – singer Susan Boyle was born 50 years ago

3rd – actor Eddie Murphy was born 50 years ago

12th – 30 years ago STS-1 (Space Shuttle Columbia) launched on maiden voyage, the first manned mission in almost 6 years
and 50 years ago Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space

The Space Shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center

17th – 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba

21st – Judgement Day, according to the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television series

23rd – comedian and actor George Lopez was born 50 years ago

28th – 10 years ago Dennis Tito becomes first space tourist


5th – 50th anniversary of 1st American in space (Alan Shepard)

6th – actor and activist George Clooney was born 50 years ago

13th – basketball star and actor Dennis Rodman was born 50 years ago
and actor Gary Cooper died 50 years ago

14th – 50 years ago the Freedom Riders bus is firebombed and occupants are beaten by Segregationists in Alabama

15th – the birth of modern genetics occurred 50 years ago

17th – singer Enya was born 50 years ago

John F. Kennedy announces plan to Congress

25th – 50 years ago President John F. Kennedy announces a commitment to land a man on the moon within a decade to a joint session of  Congress

27th – actor Vincent Price was born 100 years ago

29th – singer Melissa Etheridge was born 50 years ago

30th – The first Indianapolis 500 race was held 100 years ago

31st – Hull of the Titanic launched in Belfast 100 years ago (Sinks April 12, 1912)


9th – actor and activist Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago

11th – Oklahoma City Federal Building bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed 10 years ago

14th – singer Boy George was born 50 years ago

22nd – 100 years ago King George V was coronated

25th – 50 years ago Iraqi President Abdul Karim Kassem announces his plan to annex Kuwait

27th – 50 years ago British troops are sent to Kuwait to secure it from annexation by Iraq


1st – the late Princess Diana was born 50 years ago

2nd – writer Ernest Hemingway died 50 years ago

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

10th – Neptune completes its first orbit since it was discovered in 1846

16th – dancer, actor, and artist Ginger Rogers was born 100 years ago

17th – baseball legend Ty Cobb died 50 years ago

26th – 40 years ago Apollo 15 was launched on a mission to land on the Moon


6th – 20 year anniversary of the World Wide Web (Internet)
and 100 years ago Lucille Ball was born

13th – 50 years ago East Germany began building the Berlin Wall

21st – 100 years ago the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre and not the crime was not discovered until the next day


6th – 10 years ago the Justice Department gives up its attempt to break up Microsoft

11th – 10 years ago four planes are hijacked by 19 men (most Saudi Arabian citizens) and crash two planes into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon, and one is brought down in a field in Pennsylvania by the passengers

18th – 10 years ago Anthrax-laced letter attacks began, ultimately killing five people and infecting 17

25th – Heather Locklear was born 50 years ago

and the 100 year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

30th – 100 years ago Austin, Pennsylvania is wiped out by a dam break


7th – 10 years ago the United States invades Afghanistan in retaliation for the September 11th attacks

18th – 50 years ago West Side Story (film) was released

19th – 50 years ago the Arab League relieves Great Britain of the security of Kuwait and British troop go home

26th – 10 years ago President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act into law

27th – 50 years ago Soviet and American tanks began a standoff in Berlin that brought the two countries to the brink of war

30th – 50 years ago today the USSR detonated the largest human caused explosion (a 58 ton nuclear bomb)


3rd – Chevrolet entered the auto market 100 years ago

5th – 100 years ago the first transcontinental flight was completed from Sheepshead Bay, New York to Pasadena, California (49 days)
and Roy Rogers was born

9th – 50 years ago Neil Armstrong, who would be the 1st man on the Moon less than eight years later, set a world speed record in the X-15

10th – 50 years ago Joseph Heller’s book Catch-22 was published

11th – 11/11/11 11:11:11 AM

13th – 10 years ago President George W. Bush authorizes military tribunals for foreign citizens accused of terrorist involvement

18th – 50 years ago President John F. Kennedy sends 18,000 advisors to Vietnam

19th – Meg Ryan was born 50 years ago

22nd – Mariel Hemingway was born 50 years ago


2nd – 10 years ago Enron files for bankruptcy
and 50 years ago Fidel Castro announces that Cuba will be a Socialist country

11th – 50 years ago the Vietnam War officially begins

12th – 100 years ago the capital of India is moved from Calcutta to New Delhi

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