FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER – FROM PETER’S DIARY

1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol.

1918 – World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11:00 a.m., (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) and this is commemorated annually with a two-minute silence. The war officially ends on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

1965 – In Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe), the white-minority government of Ian Smith unilaterally declares independence.

1975 – Australian constitutional crisis of 1975: Australian Governor-General Sir John Kerr dismisses the government of Gough Whitlam, appoints Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister and announces a general election to be held in early December.

1979 – Film score composer and conductor Dimitri Tiomkin – known for western scores like Duel in the Sun, High Noon, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and The Alamo – dies in London, England, at age 85.

2012 – During at show at the Perth Arena in Australia, INXS drummer Jon Farriss tells the crowd, “Tonight is very likely to probably be the last show we ever do.” The next day, the band confirms that they are calling it quits after 35 years.

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