Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/October 11
This is a list of selected October 11 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1138 – A massive earthquake, one of the deadliest in recorded history, struck Aleppo, Syria.||refimprove section|
|1809 – American explorer Meriwether Lewis died along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee in an apparent suicide.||refimprove section|
|1852 – The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, was inaugurated in Sydney two years after the New South Wales Legislative Council established it with the passage of the University of Sydney Act.||unreferenced section|
|1865 – The Morant Bay rebellion, led by Paul Bogle and George William Gordon, began in Jamaica, but eventually it was brutally suppressed by Governor Edward John Eyre.||refimprove section|
|1899 – The Second Boer War erupted in what is now South Africa between the United Kingdom and the Boers.||refimprove section|
|1941 – Armed insurgents from the People's Liberation Army of Macedonia attacked Axis-occupied zones in the city of Prilep, beginning the National Liberation War of Macedonia.||ibid|
|1954 – Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh took control of North Vietnam under the terms of the Geneva Accords which saw the end of the First Indochina War and French colonisation.||refimprove|
|1962 – Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, the first Roman Catholic ecumenical council in 92 years.||lead too short|
- 1492 – Members of the first voyage of Christopher Columbus reported the sighting of unknown light on their way to Guanahani.
- 1634 – A storm tide on the coast of North Frisia caused a massive flood that killed at least 8,000 people and split the island of Strand into three smaller islands.
- 1797 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Royal Navy captured eleven Dutch Navy ships without any losses in the Battle of Camperdown.
- 1942 – World War II: At the Battle of Cape Esperance on the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, American ships intercepted and defeated a Japanese fleet on their way to destroy Henderson Field.
- 1950 – A field-sequential color system developed by Hungarian-American engineer Peter Goldmark became the first color television system to be adopted for commercial use, but it was abandoned only a year later.
- 1975 – Saturday Night Live, an American weekly sketch comedy–variety show, was broadcast for the first time.
- 1142 – The Treaty of Shaoxing, ending the Jurchen campaigns against the Song Dynasty, was formally ratified when a Jin envoy visited the Southern Song court.
- 1531 – Swiss Reformation leader Huldrych Zwingli was killed in battle when Catholic cantons attacked in response to a food blockade being applied by his alliance.
- 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The British Royal Navy defeated American ships at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, but gave American forces enough time to prepare their defenses for the Saratoga campaign.
- 1968 – Apollo 7 (lift-off pictured), the first manned mission of NASA's Apollo program, and the first three-man American space mission, launched from Complex 34 in present-day Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- 1987 – Sri Lankan Civil War: The Indian Peace Keeping Force began Operation Pawan to take control of Jaffna from the Tamil Tigers to enforce their disarmament as a part of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.