Today in History April 11

Kurt Vonnegut
1713 – Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain – English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty
1775 –
The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place.
Records show that Anna Maria Schwiigel was the last legally executed person in Bavaria for the crime of believing in a competing religion.
1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction
1868 – The Shogunate is abolished in Japan.
1890 – Ellis Island designated as an immigration station
1906 – Albert Einstein introduces his Theory of Relativity
1941 – Germany blitzes Conventry, England
1951 – President Harry Truman fires General Douglas McArthur
 
Mr. Bojangles
1961 – Bob Dylan makes his first appearanceat Folk City, Greenwich Village
1986 – Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around world in 150 days
1986 – Halley’s Comet makes closest approach to Earth
2002 – An attempted coup d’état takes place in Venezuela against President Hugo Chávez
2006 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has successfully enriched uranium.
2013 – Two women are beheaded for sorcery in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
2013 – Fossilized dinosaur eggs with embryos are discovered in China
Birthdays
1866 – Carla Ford, wife of Henry Ford

1869 – Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (d. 1944)

1890 – Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Benito Mussolini (d. 1979)
1925 – Ethel Kennedy, wife of Bobby
Death
1875 – Heinrich Schwabe, discoverer (11-year sunspot cycle), dies
1890 – Joseph Merrick, “The Elephant Man” (b. 1862)
1906 – James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58
1987 – Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
2007 – Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death.

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