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March 11 in History

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March 11 in History


The first English daily newspaper to meet with commercial success, The Daily Courant, is launched near Fleet Street in London.


The French launch a massive attack on the base of Vietnamese insurgents in Yen The, Bac Giang Province. The base was overrun on March 31 and the defenders withdrew to Lang Son Province to recoup. The Yen The insurrection, led by Hoang Hoa Tham, popularly known as De Tham, lasted 25 years (1887-1913).


Birth of Rupert Murdoch, Australian newspaper and television magnate, owner of the News Corporation Ltd, a media conglomerate that has ventured into all forms of media: television, film, print, and most recently, the Internet.


Patriotic troops in the mountain district of Ba To, Quang Ngai Province attack and capture the entire Japanese garrison there. On March 12, a revolutionary administration was established and, on March 14, a 28-member guerrilla unit was formally set up, which played a major role in the struggle against the Japanese army in central Viet Nam.


Death of Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He won the Nobel Prize in 1945.


Liberation forces overrun all Sai Gon bases in Buon Me Thuot in the Central Highlands.


Two dozen nations sign declaration in the Netherlands enlisting United Nations as watchdog against pollution of Earth’s atmosphere.


A series of bombs hidden in backpacks explode in quick succession, blowing apart four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 199 people and wounding more than 1,400. Spain blamed Basque separatists but a shadowy group claimed responsibility in the name of al Qaeda for the worst terrorist attack in Spanish history.


Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, being tried at The Hague for war crimes, is found dead in his prison cell. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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