October 11 – Today in History

Important Events

  • 1138 Earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, kills an estimated 230,000
  • 1634 Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany
  • 1737 Earthquake reported to have killed 300,000 and destroyed half of Calcutta in India. Now thought to have been an exaggerated account of a hurricane which claimed 3,000 of the city’s estimated 20,000 residents. [1]
  • 1797 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
  • 1945 Chinese civil war begins between Kuomintang government led by Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong‘s Communist Party
  • 1962 Second Vatican Council (21st ecumenical) convened by Pope John XXIII
  • 1986 Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev open talks at a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland

History of October 11 from OnThisDay.com

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