Today in History: April 11

Today in History: April 11

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1512

The forces of the Holy League are heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.

1713

The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession. France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain.

1783

After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on 13 March, Congress proclaims a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.

1814

Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.

1898

American President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war with Spain.

1941

German bombers blitz Coventry, England.

1942

Detachment 101 of the OSS--a guerrilla force--is activated in Burma.

1945

After two frustrating days of being repulsed and absorbing tremendous casualties, the Red Army finally takes the Seelow Heights north of Berlin.

1951

President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.

1961

Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.

1961

Folk singer Bob Dylan performs in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker.

1968

President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

1974

The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.

1981

President Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.

1986

Dodge Morgan sails solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.

1991

The United Nations Security Council issues formal ceasefire with Iraq.

1996

Forty-three African nations sign the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.