On this day in history March 11, 1978 – Bobby Hull (Winnipeg Jets) joined Gordie Howe by getting his 1,000th
1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party.
1986 – Popsicle announced its plan to end the traditional twin-stick frozen treat for a one-stick model.
1988 – A cease-fire was declared in the war between Iran and Iraq.
1990 – Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet republic to break away from Communist control.
1990 – In Chile, Patricio Aylwin was sworn in as the first democratically elected president since 1973.
1992 – Former U.S. President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia.
1993 – Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general.
1993 – North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty refusing to open sites for inspection.
1994 – In Chile, Eduardo Frei was sworn in as President. It was the first peaceful transfer of power in Chile since 1970.
1997 – An explosion at a nuclear waste reprocessing plant caused 35 workers to be exposed to low levels of radioactivity. The incident was the worst in Japan’s history.
1998 – The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth.