December 11th

2009
Tiger Woods announced on his website that he was taking an indefinite leave from golf to try to save his marriage to Elin Nordegren. (The couple divorced in August 2010.).
Elin Nordegren
2008
Bernard Madoff arrested. Popularly known as Bernie Madoff, the founder and chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested and subsequently convicted of fraud. The Ponzi scheme he was involved in was the biggest such fraud in the history of the United States.
Bernard Madoff
2002
A congressional report found that intelligence agencies before Sept. 11, 2001, were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented that day's terrorist attacks.
September 11 attacks
2000
Shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the most lucrative sports contract in history at the time.
1998
The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
Impeachment of Bill Clinton
1997
Kyoto Protocol adopted. The Protocol is a part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty that calls for the restriction of greenhouse gasses by the signatories. The United States signed the treaty but did not ratify it.
Kyoto Protocol
1994
Russian troops rolled into breakaway republic of Chechnya in a failed bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
Hungarian Revolution of 1956
1981
The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be its fifth secretary-general.
Secretary-General of the United Nations
1972
Man landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
Apollo 17
1946
UNICEF established. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, a U.N. affiliate organization that works for the welfare of children around the world, was founded on this day.
UNICEF
1941
U.S. declares war on Germany and Italy. The U.S. responded to Italy and Germany's declaration of war, by declaring war on the two countries.
German declaration of war against the United States (1941 ...
1936
King Edward VIII abdicates from the British throne. King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry American Wallis Warfield Simpson.
Edward VIII abdication crisis
1931
Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada).
Statute of Westminster 1931
1913
'Mona Lisa' recovered 2 years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum.
Vincenzo Peruggia
1844
Nitrous oxide was used for the first time in dentistry.
Horace Wells
1816
Indiana became the 19th state.
History of Indiana
1792
France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state.
Trial of Louis XVI
1620
103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock (12/21 NS).
Plymouth Colony