March 11. One year from the big earthquake and tsunami in Japan. That was a very sad day for the world. I watched a show today that went back to look at the devastation…just…unreal. A lot of lives lost. Watching the show tonight is like watching the 9/11 footage, just without the anger. Amazement at what I’m seeing. A feeling of helplessness. And thoughts about how I’d handle it if I were there.
March 11, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to those who died or lost loved ones that day.
As for other events on March 11:
1824 – The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
1861 – American Civil War: The Constitution of the Confederate States of America is adopted.
1888 – The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins along the eastern seaboard of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
1941 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.
1942 – World War II: General Douglas MacArthur leaves Corregidor.
1945 – World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy attempts a large-scale kamikaze attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Ulithi atoll in Operation Tan No. 2.
1945 – World War II: The Empire of Vietnam, a short-lived puppet state, is established with Bảo Đại as its ruler.
1946 – Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, is captured by British troops.
1977 – The 1977 Hanafi Muslim Siege: more than 130 hostages held in Washington, D.C., by Hanafi Muslims are set free after ambassadors from three Islamic nations join negotiations.
1983 – Pakistan successfully conducts a cold test of a nuclear weapon.
1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
2004 – Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 191 people.
2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
1903 – Lawrence Welk, American musician (d. 1992)
1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born entrepreneur
1934 – Sam Donaldson, American reporter
1936 – Antonin Scalia, American Supreme Court Justice
1956 – Joey Buttafuoco, American criminal
1959 – Nina Hartley, American porn star, author and feminist
1969 – Terrence Howard, American actor
1971 – Johnny Knoxville, American actor and comedian
Nobody I felt compelled to mention…