Today in History: 11 December


Some of the historical events that took place on December 11th, which made headlines in the past years:

2014  A 219-year-old time capsule is being excavated from beneath the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House in Boston; the capsule, first found in 1855 and reburied, is likely the oldest in the U.S.

2014  Photo-sharing application Instagram has overtaken short-messaging application Twitter with over 300 million monthly users to Twitter's 284 million

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2013  Pope Francis is named 'Time' magazine's 'Person of the Year'

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2013  Twenty people die on the island of Madagascar from bubonic plague, which is transmitted to humans via rat fleas; chronic overcrowding and unhygienic prison conditions are identified as the root cause of the outbreak

2012  The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, undergoes surgery for cancer in Cuba

2012  Thousands of union employees protest outside of the capital building in Lansing, Michigan, as Michigan's government passes legislation, becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state, and most highly unionized state in the U.S. to have such laws

2011  The Cote d'Ivoire holds Parliamentary elections

2011  In Taipei, protesters demand Taiwan's 200,000 foreign live-in caregivers receive the legal right to a weekly day off

2010  China's inflation rate reaches 5.1%, a 28-month high

2010  The 46-year old son of convicted fraud king Bernard Madoff kills himself in a Manhattan apartment



Compiled: Lerato Sebe