30 fun facts for April, 11

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 11th is a special day filled with celebrations, historic milestones, and memorable events. Some key events include NASA launching Apollo 13, the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the establishment of Apple Computer, Inc., and the first London Marathon. This day also honors various individuals, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, James Beard, and Richard Berry, and raises awareness for World Parkinson's Disease Day and National Pet Day.
30 Fun facts
  1. On April 11, 1970, NASA launched Apollo 13 from Cape Kennedy in Florida. The mission was planned to land on the moon, but an oxygen tank explosion led to a near-disaster. The mission commander, Jim Lovell, uttered the famous line, "Houston, we've had a problem here."
  2. In 2013, Venezuela declared April 11th as the "Day of Dignity" in honor of the victims of the 2002 coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez. The day serves as a reminder of the country's resilience and the importance of democracy and social justice.
  3. April 11, 1968, marks the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 by US President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act prohibited discrimination in housing sales, rentals, and financing on the basis of race, religion, or nationality.
  4. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" premiered in Leipzig, Germany, on April 11, 1727. This sacred oratorio is considered one of his greatest works and is still widely performed today.
  5. Apple Computer, Inc. was established on April 11, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. The three co-founders started the company with the intention of producing the Apple 1 personal computer kit.
  6. International Louie Louie Day is celebrated on April 11th. On this day, fans of the iconic song written by Richard Berry in 1955 celebrate by playing and singing the tune. The day also marks Berry's birthday.
  7. On April 11, 1930, actor James "Jimmy" Stewart made his first stage appearance in the Broadway comedy "Carry Nation." This marked the beginning of his long and illustrious career in the entertainment industry.
  8. April 11, 1979, marks the liberation of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, by the Uganda National Liberation Army, ending the brutal regime of Idi Amin. Liberation Day is now a national public holiday, celebrated annually in Uganda.
  9. South Korea and Japan signed the Treaty on Basic Relations on April 11, 1965, which established diplomatic relations between the two countries. This treaty marked the normalization of relations between South Korea and Japan after World War II.
  10. On April 11, 1989, Ron Hextall, the goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers, became the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in a playoff game. Hextall's historic goal came in a match against the Washington Capitals.
  11. On April 11, 1934, a unique golf tournament began, featuring Babe Ruth and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Known as the "Babe-Babe International", the event aimed to raise funds for cancer research.
  12. On April 11, 1981, the first London Marathon took place, with approximately 7,500 participants. Today, the annual event has grown to over 40,000 runners and is one of the world's most famous marathon events.
  13. In 1961, on April 11, the trial of the famous Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann began in Jerusalem, Israel. Eichmann was eventually found guilty of crimes against humanity and was executed in 1962.
  14. April 11, 1957, marked the opening of the first MLB game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The stadium has since become one of the most iconic and recognizable sports venues in the United States.
  15. The first YouTube video, titled "Me at the zoo," was uploaded by user Jawed Karim on April 11, 2005. This 19-second clip marked the beginning of the popular online platform that has transformed media consumption globally.
  16. April 11 is World Parkinson's Disease Day, an international event dedicating awareness and advocacy for those affected by Parkinson's disease. The day was chosen in honor of Dr. James Parkinson, who first identified the disorder in 1817.
  17. On April 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, had become a pandemic. This announcement marked a turning point in global efforts to address the deadly virus.
  18. In 1966, English singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé was born on April 11. She has since become one of the most successful British recording artists, known for her soulful voice and unforgettable hit songs.
  19. On April 11, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery. This incredible telescope has provided astronomers with stunning views of the universe and has radically changed our understanding of outer space.
  20. April 11, 1900, marks the birth of the famous American chef, educator, and author, James Beard. Known as the "Dean of American Cooking," Beard was instrumental in shaping the way Americans approached food and culinary arts.
  21. On April 11, 1968, the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 2 was launched into space. This mission marked the first unmanned flight of the Soyuz series of spacecraft, which was designed as part of the Soviet Union's lunar program.
  22. In 2013, the American musician and actor Richie Sambora left the iconic rock band Bon Jovi on April 11. Sambora, one of the original members of the band, cited personal reasons for his departure.
  23. American actress Jennifer Esposito was born on April 11, 1973. She is best known for her roles in popular films such as "Crash," "Summer of Sam," and "Don't Say a Word."
  24. April 11 is National Pet Day in the United States. The day celebrates the love and companionship of pets and encourages adoption from shelters for those seeking a new furry friend.
  25. On April 11, 1954, the British musician and composer Trevor Rabin was born. Rabin is best known as a member of the progressive rock band Yes and for his work on various film soundtracks.
  26. In 1921, actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield was born on April 11. Known for his catchphrase "I don't get no respect," Dangerfield enjoyed a long and successful career in the entertainment world.
  27. April 11, 2011, marked the return of the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" with a new host, Aisha Tyler. The comedy improv show had originally aired from 1998 to 2007.
  28. On April 11, 1986, Kellogg's introduced Nutri-Grain bars to the market, quickly gaining popularity as a healthier alternative to traditional snack foods.
  29. The Helsinki Accords were signed on April 11, 1975, and aimed to reduce tensions between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries. The agreement improved diplomatic relations and security among the participating states during the Cold War.
  30. On April 11, 1770, Captain James Cook discovered Botany Bay, the site of present-day Sydney, Australia. The bay would later become the first European settlement in Australia in 1788.