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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Tuesday, 11 December 2018
103 pilgrims who had sailed from England in the Mayflower, landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. They were the first European settlers to arrive in North America.

Subramanya Bharathi (d. 1921), pioneer of modern Tamil poetry, fiery journalist and freedom fighter was born in Tamil Nadu.


Guglielmo Marconi sent the first transatlantic radio signal, from Cornwall to Newfoundland.

Edward VIII became the first English monarch to abdicate the throne voluntarily, in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last manned Apollo mission to land on the Moon.


Muhammad Ali lost to Trevor Berbick in the 61st and last bout of his career.

In the largest Russian offensive since the 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, military forces poured into the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

China joined the World Trade Organization, boosting its economy.

M.S. Subbulakshmi (b. 1916), the renowned Carnatic vocalist, died. She was the first Indian musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna and the Ramon Magsaysay award.


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