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This Day in History — December- 11

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Today is the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

2008: Former Nasdaq stock market chairman Bernard L Madoff is arrested on a securities fraud charge, accused of running a phony investment business that cost clients billions of dollars.

OTHER EVENTS

1872: Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback becomes America's first black governor in Louisiana.

1936: George VI becomes King of England following abdication of Edward VIII.

1972: US Apollo 17 astronauts land on the moon and begin an extensive exploration of the lunar surface.

1981: The UN Security Council chooses Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary general of the world body.

1991: Leaders of 12 European Community nations agree to establish loose federation with common foreign policy and single currency by 1999, laying the groundwork for the European Union.

1992: The UN Security Council authorises immediate deployment of up to 800 peacekeepers in Macedonia to prevent strife in the Balkans from engulfing a larger region.

2006: Thousands of mourners in Chile honour General Augusto Pinochet with many weeping openly in a military ceremony that exposes deep divisions over the legacy of his 17-year dictatorship.

2009: Wealthy nations would commit to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, and the world should strive to nearly eliminate them — or at least cut them in half — by 2050 under a draft agreement circulating at the UN climate talks.

2011: Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega is flown home to Panama to be punished once again for crimes he committed during a career that saw him transformed from a close Cold War ally of Washington to the vilified target of a US invasion.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Fiorello H LaGuardia, New York City mayor (1882-1947); Carlos Gardel, Argentine tango singer (1887-1935); Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian writer and Nobel laureate (1911-2007); Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress (1931- )

— AP


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