December 11: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On December 11, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The 345th day of the Gregorian calendar is December 11. On this day, Indiana became the 19th state in the United States, and Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. Apollo 17 became the final Apollo mission to land on the Moon after Bill Wilson drank his final drink.

Sagittarius rules the 11th of December. John Kerry, Hailee Steinfeld, and Osho all have famous birthdays. International Mountain Day is observed on December 11th.


(December 11, 1936)
Edward VIII became the only British monarch to willingly abdicate the throne after failing to get agreement for his desire to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. His abdication was formally approved on this day in 1936. photo source:


(December 11, 1941)
Following the American declaration of war on the Empire of Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany and Italy declare war on the United States. To which the United States replies by declaring war on it. photo source:

(December 11, 1972)
The Apollo 17 mission marks the sixth and final time an Apollo spacecraft has set foot on the lunar surface. photo source:

(December 11, 1978)
The Lufthansa heist, as it became known, saw about $6 million in cash and diamonds stolen from the German airline Lufthansa's air cargo building at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City; at the time, the Lufthansa robbery was the largest-ever cash crime in the United States. photo source:

(Died on December 11, 2020)
James Flynn, New Zealand intelligence researcher. (b. 1934).

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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