By looking into the past events of our lives, one realizes that there were times when we were bolder and fearless to a degree. Various events have shaped the modern common beliefs and so below are major events of 1911.


In the later years of the 19th century, New York’s population had surpassed that of Paris and was quickly rising to level with London. Peculiar to this increase of population was the lack of a reference point in the city. The 27th President of the United States of America, President William Howard Taft on May 23rd 1911, dedicated the New York Public library that took 14 years to build at the cost of $9 million.Today, there are over two million members issued with the New York public library cards with branches of the library put up in New York City.

Three months later on August 21 and a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, Vincenzo Perugia walked into the Louvre in Paris, dismounted the famed Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and walked out of the museum, the Mona Lisa hidden under his clothes. Detectives and investigators ruled out professional art thieves since it would be too suspicious to sell the painting.

The Mona Lisa turned up two years later where Perugia was trying to collect money from an Italian art dealer. The theft prompted better security installations across the world in museums.

As the year ended, it took more than just the spirit of adventure for the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsento hoist the Norwegian flag at the bottom of the world on December 14. Amundsen had earlier wanted to be the first man to the North Pole, American explorer Robert Pearly beat him to it, and so he settled for the South Pole.Amundsen also became the first person to fly over the North Pole in an aircraft.

The best way to move forward is to know where to trail the past and the above compilation is just but a snippet of what happened in the year 1911.

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Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1911

Peace Prize

  • Tobias Asser
  • Alfred Hermann Fried


  • Maurice Maeterlinck


  • Wilhelm Wien


  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Physiology or Medicine

  • Allvar Gullstrand
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The Padre

The Padre

Directed by: Jonathan Sobol

The Lost Chord

The Lost Chord

Starring: William Bewer, Christel Holch, Rigmor Jerichau

Country: United States of America

La mégère apprivoisée

La mégère apprivoisée

Directed by: Henri Desfontaines

Starring: Romuald Joubé, Denis d'Inès, Trouhanova, Cécile Didier

Amor fatal

Amor fatal

Directed by: Grigore Brezeanu

Starring: Lucia Sturza-Bulandra, Tony Bulandra, Constantin Neamtu-Ottonel, Aurel Barbelian

Country: United States of America

Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno

Directed by: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro

Starring: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Country: United States of America

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1911?


  • 01 Jan Northern Territory is separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.
  • 02 Jan Brooklyn Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces purchase of grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000.
  • 03 Jan US postal savings bank inaugurated.
  • 05 Jan Portuguese expel Jesuits.
  • 07 Jan Dutch Scouts Organization established in Amsterdam.
  • 10 Jan Honduras signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified).
  • 12 Jan The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
  • 13 Jan Roald Amundsens anchors at Walvis Bay.
  • 14 Jan Roald Amundsen's South Pole expedition makes landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.
  • 16 Jan Pandora becomes first two-man sailboat to round Cape Horn west to east.
  • 17 Jan Failed assassination attempt on premier Aristide Briand in French Assembly.
  • 18 Jan 1st shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania)
  • 21 Jan The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place.
  • 26 Jan Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera.
  • 28 Jan Frenchman Henri Rougier wins first Rally of Monte Carlo.
  • 30 Jan The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy.
  • 05 Feb Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam.
  • 06 Feb Great fire destroys downtown Constantinople / Istanbul Turkey
  • 08 Feb US helps overthrow President Miguel D�vila of Honduras.
  • 18 Feb The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away.
  • 25 Feb Opera Natoma, premieres in Philadelphia
  • 03 Mar First US federal cemetery with Union and Rebel graves opens, Missouri.
  • 07 Mar US sends 20,000 troops to Mexican border.
  • 08 Mar International Women's Day is launched in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.
  • 13 Mar Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (Ontario), 7-4.
  • 16 Mar Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur (Ontario) 13-4.
  • 18 Mar North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law.
  • 19 Mar International Women's Day is celebrated for the first time. First Women's Day celebration took place in 1911, ''The Times of India'', 7 March 2011.
  • 20 Mar National Squah Tennis Association formed (New York City, New York).
  • 25 Mar Triangle Shirtwaist Factory catches fire 145 die, all but 13 girls
  • 02 Apr The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census.
  • 04 Apr Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball Most Valuable Player.
  • 05 Apr Waldorf W Aster acquires the Daily Observer.
  • 06 Apr During the Battle of Deciq, Dede Gjon Luli Dedvukaj, leader of the Malesori Albanians, raises the Albanian flag in the town of Tuzi, Montenegro, for the first time after Gjergj Kastrioti (Skenderbeg).
  • 08 Apr Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.
  • 13 Apr Polo Grounds grandstand and left field bleachers go up in flames.
  • 15 Apr Walter Johnson pitches a record tying four strike outs in an inning.
  • 19 Apr 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Massachusetts in 2:21:39.6.
  • 27 Apr Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.
  • 30 Apr Portugal approves woman suffrage.
  • 08 May Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa launches an attack against government troops in Ciudad Juarez without Madero's permission the government troops surrender on May 10.
  • 09 May Fire breaks out at Empire Theater in Edinburgh Scotland.
  • 13 May 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05.
  • 15 May Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Indiana University, incorporates.
  • 16 May Remains of a neanderthal man found in Jersey United Kingdom.
  • 17 May 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51.
  • 18 May President / Dictator Jose Porfirio Diaz of Mexico term ends
  • 19 May Parks Canada, the world's first national park service, is established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
  • 20 May Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 minutes Notts versus Sussex.
  • 21 May Mexican President Porfirio Diaz and the revolutionary Francisco Madero sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juarez to put an end to the fighting between the forces of both men, and thus concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.
  • 22 May Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row.
  • 23 May New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft.
  • 24 May Mexican Revolution: Government troops fire at anti-Diaz demonstrators in Mexico City, killing about 200 (officials claim only 40).
  • 25 May Mexican Revolution: Porfirio Diaz signs his resignation and leaves for Veracruz on May 31 he leaves for exile in France.
  • 26 May 1st Indianapolis 500 auto race is run
  • 29 May 1st running of Indianapolis 500
  • 30 May At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ends with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.
  • 31 May The ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic is launched.
  • 03 Jun Come Josephine in My Flying Machine hits #1
  • 05 Jun Red Sox Joe Wood strikes out 3 pinch hitters in 9th for 5-4 win
  • 06 Jun Nicaragua signs treaty turning over customs to US (not ratified).
  • 07 Jun Mexican Revolution: Francisco Madero arrives in Mexico City just after a local earthquake.
  • 08 Jun Belgium government of Schollaert falls
  • 10 Jun Queen Wilhelmina opens Rembrandt house in Amsterdam
  • 11 Jun UNIA founded by Garvey
  • 15 Jun Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated.
  • 16 Jun In Kilbourn, Wisconsin, USA a meteorite strikes a barn.
  • 17 Jun Belgium government of De Broqueville forms
  • 20 Jun NAACP incorporates (New York).
  • 22 Jun King George V of England crowned.
  • 24 Jun 17th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 307 at Chicago Golf Club - Illinois
  • 26 Jun Nieuport sets an aircraft speed record of 83 mph (133 kph).
  • 28 Jun Joseph Caillaux forms government in France
  • 29 Jun Freiherr Gautsch von Frankenthurn becomes Premier
  • 30 Jun Adolphe Messimy appointed French Minister of War
  • 01 Jul German boat Panther nears for Agadir Morocco
  • 03 Jul Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day
  • 04 Jul Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 and ends a 40 game hit streak.
  • 07 Jul 28th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: D Chambers beats D Boothby (60 60)
  • 08 Jul Nan Aspinwall is 1st woman to make solo transcont trip by horse
  • 17 Jul Overthrown shah of Persia Mohammed Ali lands on Astrabad with army
  • 20 Jul Generals Henry Wilson / Auguste Dubail sign plan for British Expeditionary army in case of war with Germany
  • 24 Jul Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, ''the Lost City of the Incas''.
  • 29 Jul Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits Saint Louis Browns, 5-0.
  • 31 Jul Hungarian education is only taught in German
  • 01 Aug Omar N Bradley (18) begins education in West Point
  • 08 Aug Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435. The law would come into effect in 1913.
  • 10 Aug Parliament Act reduces power of House of Lords.
  • 14 Aug General Leconte appointed temporary President of Haiti
  • 15 Aug Procter and Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening
  • 19 Aug New York Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times
  • 22 Aug Vincenzo Perugia steals Mona Lisa from Louvre, Paris
  • 23 Aug British Premier Asquith holds secret meeting about British strategy in case of war with Germany
  • 27 Aug Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0.
  • 28 Aug 45.7 cm rainfall at St. George, Georgia (state record)
  • 29 Aug Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
  • 01 Sep M Fourny sets world aircraft distance record of 720 km.
  • 02 Sep Joao Chagas forms Portuguese government
  • 03 Sep 31st US Mens Tennis: Wm A Larned beats Maurice E McLoughlin (64 64 62)
  • 04 Sep Garros sets world altitude record of 4,250 m (13,944 ft).
  • 07 Sep French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested and put in jail on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum.
  • 09 Sep 1st European airpost (Hendon to Windsor, England)
  • 17 Sep 1st transcontinental airplane flight, NY-Pasadena in 82 hours 4 minutes
  • 18 Sep Russian Premier Peter Stolypin is shot at the Kiev Opera House.
  • 19 Sep Red Tuesday-20,000 protest for universal rights
  • 22 Sep Cy Young beats Pittsburgh 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511
  • 23 Sep Earl Ovington becomes 1st air mail pilot
  • 25 Sep Ground is broken for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 29 Sep Italy declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
  • 30 Sep The Austin Dam breaks, wiping out the town of Austin, Pennsylvania, United States, killing 78.
  • 01 Oct United Dutch Diamond workers get 8-hr day
  • 05 Oct Italian troops occupy Tripoli
  • 06 Oct Beatrix van Rijk becomes 1st licensed Dutch woman pilot
  • 09 Oct An accidental bomb explosion in Hankou, Wuhan, China leads to the ultimate fall of the Qing Empire
  • 10 Oct The Wuchang Uprising leads to the demise of Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial court in China, and the founding of the Republic of China.
  • 11 Oct Ty Cobb (AL) and Frank Schulte (NL) are 1st MVPs, each gets an auto
  • 16 Oct Mexican Revolution: Felix Diaz, nephew of Porfirio Diaz, occupies the port of Veracruz as a sign of rebellion against Madero.
  • 19 Oct Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • 20 Oct Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210 W 46th St, New York City
  • 21 Oct Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • 23 Oct First use of aircraft in war: An Italian pilot takes off from Libya to observe Turkish army lines during the Turco-Italian War.
  • 24 Oct Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
  • 26 Oct Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • 28 Oct Bill Dobbie of Calgary Tigers kicks ten singles in a game.
  • 30 Oct Clark Griffith is named manager of Washingston Senators
  • 01 Nov The first dropping of a bomb from an airplane in combat, during the Italo-Turkish War.
  • 03 Nov Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.
  • 04 Nov Charles I of Austria marries Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma
  • 05 Nov Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena completing first transcontinental airplane flight (49 days) (left Sheepshead Bay, New York, Sept 17).
  • 06 Nov Francisco Madeiro inaugurated President of Mexico.
  • 10 Nov Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corp (for scholarly & charitable works)
  • 15 Nov Proclamation sets designs for Canadian $5 and $10 gold coins
  • 17 Nov The Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the first African-American fraternity at an historically black college or university, is founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • 19 Nov New York receives 1st Marconi wireless transmission from Italy
  • 20 Nov Gustav Mahlers Tie Song of the Erde premieres in Munich
  • 23 Nov Post Hospital at Presidio, San Francisco renamed Letterman General Hospital.
  • 25 Nov 3rd CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 14-7
  • 27 Nov Audience throws vegetables at actors for 1st recorded time in US
  • 28 Nov Zapata proclaims Plan of Ayala Mexico
  • 07 Dec National Hockey Association forms with New Westminister, Vancouver and Victoria.
  • 10 Dec Calbraith Rogers completes first crossing of US by airplane (84 days).
  • 12 Dec Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India.
  • 14 Dec South Pole 1st reached, by Norwegian Roald Amundsen
  • 18 Dec Opening of first exhibition by Der Blaue Reiter group of painters, in Munich.
  • 29 Dec San Francisco Symphony is formed.
  • 30 Dec Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China
  • 31 Dec Marie Curie receives her second Nobel Prize.