APRiL 11 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1869 – Gustav Vigeland the Norwegian sculptor was born on the 11th April 1869 (died 1943).

1876 – Paul Henry the Irish painter was born on the 11th April 1876 (died 1958).

1887 – Jamini Roy the Indian painter was born on the 11th April 1887 (died 1972).

1906 – Dale Messick the American illustrator was born on the 11th April 1906 (died 2005).

1919 – The International Labour Organization was founded on the 11th April 1919.

1930 – Anton LaVey the American occultist and founder of the Church of Satan was born on the 11th April 1930 (died 1997).

1935 ~ Father Abraham aka Pierre Kartner the Dutch singer-songwriter and musician was born Petrus Antonius Laurentius Kartner on the 11th 1935. Father Abraham has written about 1600 songs, and is best known for writing The Smurf Song in 1977. Father Abraham’s Smurf works have sold about 25 million copies. YouTube video: Father Abraham ~ The Smurf Song…

1958 ~ Stuart Adamson the English-Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and original lead singer of Big Country was born on the 11th April 1958, and sadly took his life on the 16th December 2001, aged 43. YouTube video: Big Country ~ In a Big Country (1983) ~ co-written by Stuart Adamson…

1960 – Jeremy Clarkson the English journalist was born on the 11th April 1960.

1963 – Nigel Pulsford the English guitarist from Bush was born on the 11th April 1963.

1966 Lisa Stansfield the English singer and songwriter, was born on the 11th April 1966.

1970 – Apollo 13 was launched on the 11th April 1970.

1972 – The 1st edition of the BBC comedy panel game I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue was broadcast on the 11th April 1972, becoming one of the longest running British radio shows in history.

1976 ~ The APPLE I personal computer was created on the 11th April 1976. The original Apple Computer was released by the Apple Computer Company, now known as Apple Inc. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, while Steve Jobs had the idea of selling them. To finance this venture, Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500, while Steve Jobs sold his VW van.

The Apple I sold for a price of US$666.66, because Wozniak “liked repeating digits”. There were estimated to be less than 50 Apple I computers in existence as of 2008, making it a very rare collector’s item, with a value of $14,000 – $16,000. However, in 2010, an Apple I sold for GB£133,250 ($210,000) at Christie’s auction house in London, but it also came with rare documents, original packaging with the return label showing Steve Jobs’ garage headquarters for Apple Computer Inc at his parents’ address, a personally typed and signed letter from Jobs answering technical questions about the computer, and the original invoice showing ‘Steven’ as the salesman.

A fully assembled 1976 Apple I computer, with a homemade wooden computer case.
A fully assembled 1976 Apple I computer, with a homemade wooden computer case. (Photo by by Kyro aka Matthieu Riegler)

1977 – London Transport‘s Silver Jubilee buses were launched on the 11th April 1977.

1979 – Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed on the 11th April 1979.

1987Joss Stone the English soul singer, songwriter and actress, was born Jocelyn Stoker was born on the 11th April 1987.

1987Michelle Phan the American make-up demonstrator and entrepreneur who became notable as a YouTube celebrity was born the 11th April 1987. Michelle Phan’s official website: www.MichellePhan.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichellePhanOfficial | Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MichellePhan | YouTube channel with over 5 million subscribers: www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan |  YouTube video: Draw My Life by Michelle Phan (over 3.5 million views)…YouTube video: Barbie Transformation Tutorial by Michelle Phan (over 48 million views)…

2001 ~ Sir Harry Secombe the Welsh entertainer best known for playing Neddie Seagoon in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show (1951–60) died on the 11th April 2001, aged 79.  

Today in History for April 11th ~ video presented by the Associated Press… 

5 thoughts on “APRiL 11 ~ ON THiS DAY in History”

    1. G’day Dave,

      I’ve gone full circle on the journey of life since our radio show dayz, up the top of the hill and down to the deep dark valley, after having a taste of a great variety of life, the good, the bad and the down right ugly! The World is starting to look beautiful again. It’s great to see you still out there following your passion and still creating… nice work Dave, I’ve been listening to your songs http://davewalker.com.au/ as I sit here tapping on my keyboard.

      Cheers mate ~ AK :)

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