On this day: April 11

POSTED: 01:27 PM PDT Apr 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 10, 2016 

Napoleon abdicates, Bob Dylan makes his professional debut, the Apple I is created, Idi Amin is deposed, and Halley's Comet does a cosmic drive-by of the Earth, all on this day.

OTD April 11 - Hainan Island incident
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Staff Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force

2001: China agrees to release 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E Navy crew had been held since April 1 on Hainan Island in the South China Sea, where the plane had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot's body was never recovered and he was presumed dead. Here, Air Force Senior Airman Curtis Towne salutes as the crew arrives at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii on April 12, 2001.


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