1911 History Events: What Happened in 1911

When we look back on the events of our lives, we can see that there were moments when we were more daring and brave. Various events have impacted present common views, and the important events of 1911 are included below.

New York’s population had surpassed that of Paris in the late nineteenth century and was rapidly approaching that of London. The lack of a reference point in the city was particularly peculiar to this expansion in population. On May 23rd 1911, President William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States of America, dedicated the New York Public Library, which took 14 years and cost $9 million to complete. New York public library cards are now provided to nearly two million people, and the library has branches throughout the city.

On August 21, three months later and after a travel across the Atlantic Ocean, Vincenzo Perugia entered the Louvre in Paris, dismounted Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting, and strolled out of the museum, the Mona Lisa hidden beneath his garments. Professional art thieves were ruled out by detectives and investigators because selling the picture would be too suspicious. Perugia was attempting to collect money from an Italian art dealer when the Mona Lisa was discovered two years later. The robbery triggered greater security measures in museums all over the world.

Roald Amundsento, a Norwegian explorer, hoisted the Norwegian flag at the bottom of the world on December 14 with more than simply the spirit of adventure. Amundsen had hoped to be the first man to reach the North Pole, but he was beaten to it by American explorer Robert Pearly, so he settled for the South Pole. In addition, Amundsen was the first person to fly over the North Pole in a plane.

The best approach to move forward is to know where to look in the past, and the following list is only a small sample of what occurred in 1911. Continue reading to learn more about the events of 1911.


(January 18, 1911)
On the battleship Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, American pilot Eugene Ely made the first landing on a ship's flight deck.


(January 30, 1911)
Roy Eldridge, an American trumpeter who was one of the most innovative artists of the 1930s, was born in Pittsburgh.

(April 16, 1911)
Harriet Quimby, an American aviator, became the first woman to fly over the English Channel on this day in 1912, flying her French Blériot monoplane from Dover, England, to Hardelot, France, amid heavy overcast.

(May 07, 1911)
Ishiro Honda, a Japanese director best known for a trilogy of Godzilla films, was born in Yamagata prefecture.

(June 16, 1911)
In Endicott, New York, IBM was started as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company.


(June 22, 1911)
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland crowns George V and Mary of Teck as King and Queen.

(June 28, 1911)
The Nakhla meteorite, the first to show evidence of water processes on Mars, crashes to Earth and lands in Egypt.

(July 04, 1911)
A huge heat wave sweeps the northeastern United States, killing 380 people and shattering temperature records in various cities over the course of eleven days.

(July 24, 1911)
Hiram Bingham III, an American academic, explorer, and politician, rediscovers Machu Picchu, often known as the "Lost City of the Incas."


(August 01, 1911)
Harriet Quimby passes her pilot's exam and becomes the first woman in the United States to hold an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate.

(August 21, 1911)
On this day in 1911, three Italian handymen stole Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre; it was not discovered until 1913, and the media frenzy helped make it one of the world's most famous paintings.

(September 13, 1911)
Bluegrass music's founding father, American singer, composer, and mandolin player Bill Monroe (left), was born. photo source:

(November 03, 1911)
Chevrolet makes its official debut in the automobile industry, competing with the Ford Model T. photo source:

(December 14, 1911)
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who departed Norway for Antarctica in June 1910 and became the first person to reach the South Pole on this date in 1911, is one of the most important individuals in polar exploration history. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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1910 History Events: What Happened in 1910

1912 History Events: What Happened in 1912