[This isn't complete yet--I got a late start but will add more in the coming days. Consider it under construction.]
Welcome to 2011! And the best way to do that, of course, is to take a look back at 1911. So far we have Important Events of 1911, Famous People Born in 1911, and Prices in 1911.
Important Events of 1911 Let's get things started with a select list of events that happened in 1911. By select, I mean that I didn't include the founding of every school, important moments in cricket, the passing of obscure laws. There's plenty of more exciting things to look at, trust me. (My commentary, when I have something to say, is in parentheses.)
January 1 – Northern Territory is politically separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control. (Not particularly exciting, but I had to have something on January 1, right?)
January 3 – In London, in what becomes known as the Siege of Sidney Street, the Metropolitan Police and the Scots Guards engage in a shootout with a criminal gang of Latvian anarchists held up in a building in the East End. (I worked on a project where I had to do a lot of research about Latvia, so I kind of have a soft spot in my heart for all things Latvian. Even anarchists.)
January 21 - The first Monte Carlo races (Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo) are held.
January 26 – Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful seaplane, from the Pacific Ocean to San Diego and back.
January 30 - The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea, saving the life of John McCurdy 10 miles (16 km) from Havana, Cuba.