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This Date in History for December 11

This Day In History1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.

1816 – Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union.

1872 – 1st black US governor took office, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (La).

1882 – Boston’s Bijou Theater, 1st American playhouse lit exclusively by electricity, 1st performance, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “lolanthe”.

1902 – The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products.

1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC.

1919 – Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama.

1930 – Bank of the United States closes in New York City.

1946 – Hank Williams begins to record on Sterling label.

1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.

1961 – “Please, Mr. Postman” by Marvelettes released.

1961 – JFK provides US military helicopters & crew to South Vietnam.

1972 – Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th on Moon.

1981 – Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.

1985 – General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC.

1989 – “City of Angels” opens at Virginia Theater NYC for 878 performances.

1997 – Federal judge orders Microsoft not to bundle IE4 in Windows.

2008 – Bernard Madoff arrested and charged with securities fraud in $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

2009 – Tiger Woods announced an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

2015 – “Playboy” magazine publishes its last nude issue, featuring Pamela Anderson on the cover.

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