On December 11:
1789 The University of North Carolina was chartered.
1904 Marge, American cartoonist, was born.
The first Little Lulu from the February 23, 1935 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.
1907 Fire swept through Parliament Buildings destroying Bellamy’s restaurant but missing the library.
1931 the Statute of Westminster was passed granting complete autonomy to Britain’s six Dominions. It established legislative equality between the self-governing dominions of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Irish Free State, Dominion of Newfoundland, the Dominion of New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa.
1936 Edward VIII‘s abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India became effective.
1941 Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, following the Americans’ declaration of war on Japan in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States, in turn, declares war on Germany and Italy.
1943 John Kerry, American politician, was born.
1944 Brenda Lee, American singer, was born.
1946 The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.
1954 Jermaine Jackson, American singer (Jackson 5), was born.
1997 The Kyoto Protocol opened for signature.
2005 Cronulla riots: Thousands of White Australians demonstrated against ethnic violence resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These were followed up by retaliatory ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History Online.