On This Day 11 August

Important Days

Important Events

2000 – An air rage incident occurs on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1763 when 19-year-old Jonathan Burton attempts to storm the cockpit, but he is subdued by other passengers and dies from his injuries.


2003 – NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.


2003 – Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.


2006 – The oil tanker MT Solar 1 sinks off the coast of Guimaras and Negros Islands in the Philippines, causing the country’s worst oil spill.


2012 – At least 306 people are killed and 3,000 others injured in a pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran.


2017 – At least 41 people are killed and another 179 injured after two passenger trains collide in Alexandria, Egypt.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1954 – Yashpal Sharma, Indian cricketer and umpire

Death/ Death Anniversary

1908 – Khudiram Bose, Indian Bengali revolutionary (b. 1889)

2013 – Zafar Futehally, Indian ornithologist and author (b. 1919)