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    What happened on May 11

    • May 11, 0330 "Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople."

    • May 11, 1189 "Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg"

    • May 11, 1310 54 members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.

    • May 11, 1330 Constantinople (Istanbul) becomes new capital by Roman Emperor Constantine for Eastern Roman Empire

    • May 11, 1502 "Columbus begins 4th & last trip to ""Indies"""

    • May 11, 1548 Great fire in Brielle

    • May 11, 1625 Boers besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper-Austria

    • May 11, 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to become governor

    • May 11, 1674 Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty

    • May 11, 1678 "French Admiral Jean d'Estr‚es' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Cura‡ao"

    • May 11, 1689 "Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle"

    • May 11, 1690 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal Nova Scotia

    • May 11, 1745 Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war

    • May 11, 1751 First US hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital)

    • May 11, 1751 The first US hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital)

    • May 11, 1752 The first US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)

    • May 11, 1772 "Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed"

    • May 11, 1784 England & Tippu Sahib van Mysore sign peace treaty

    • May 11, 1792 Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.

    • May 11, 1792 Columbia River discovered & named by US Captain Robert Gray

    • May 11, 1812 "Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London."

    • May 11, 1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms - Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral.

    • May 11, 1813 "In Australia, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century."

    • May 11, 1818 Charles XIV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden.

    • May 11, 1820 Launch of HMS Beagle the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

    • May 11, 1833 """Lady-of-the-Lake"" strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215"

    • May 11, 1841 Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.

    • May 11, 1850 Work starts on first brick building in San Fransisco

    • May 11, 1857 Indian Mutiny: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.

    • May 11, 1858 Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

    • May 11, 1862 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk VA

    • May 11, 1862 CSS Virginia blown up by Confederates to prevent capture.

    • May 11, 1864 "General J E B Stuart is mortally wounded in Battle of Yellow Tavern VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)"

    • May 11, 1865 Jeff Thompson surrenders

    • May 11, 1867 Luxembourg gains its independence.

    • May 11, 1867 "Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg"

    • May 11, 1891 Otsu Scandal.

    • May 11, 1893 Henri Desgrange establishes first bicycle-world record (35.325 km)

    • May 11, 1894 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co

    • May 11, 1894 Pullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois.

    • May 11, 1900 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavywgt boxing title

    • May 11, 1904 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5 million to build a peace palace

    • May 11, 1907 "A derailment outside Lompoc, California kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot."

    • May 11, 1907 Bank of San Fransisco incorporated

    • May 11, 1910 "Glacier National Park is established (Montana, USA)"

    • May 11, 1910 Montana's Glacier National Park forms The park borders the Cdn. Waterton National Park in Canada

    • May 11, 1916 Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented

    • May 11, 1917 Britain grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

    • May 11, 1918 The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus was officially established.

    • May 11, 1921 Tel Aviv is first all Jewish municipality

    • May 11, 1924 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

    • May 11, 1924 Mercedes-Benz formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.

    • May 11, 1926 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for first air crossing of Arctic Ocean

    • May 11, 1927 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer

    • May 11, 1927 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

    • May 11, 1928 General Electric opens first TV-station (Schenectady NY)

    • May 11, 1929 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin TX

    • May 11, 1929 First regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)

    • May 11, 1929 The first regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)

    • May 11, 1931 "Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails beginning financial collapse of Central Europe"

    • May 11, 1934 Dust Bowl: A strong two-day dust storm removes massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl in North America.

    • May 11, 1941 The first Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England

    • May 11, 1942 "German submarine U-S53 torpedoes British steamer Nicoya and Dutch ship Leno near Anticosti Island, Quebec"

    • May 11, 1942 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa

    • May 11, 1942 "William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published."

    • May 11, 1943 Hermann Goering-division in Tunisia surrenders

    • May 11, 1943 "Naval task force lands Army troops on Attu, Aleutians."

    • May 11, 1943 "US 7th division lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)"

    • May 11, 1944 Allied forces launch a major offensive in central Italy

    • May 11, 1944 Opposition group surprise attack post office washer

    • May 11, 1944 Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison

    • May 11, 1944 World War II: The Allies start a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line.

    • May 11, 1945 US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa

    • May 11, 1945 Wewak in New Guinea captured by Australia's 6th Division

    • May 11, 1946 "The first packages from the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, or CARE, arrive in Europe at Le Havre, France"

    • May 11, 1946 UMNO is created.

    • May 11, 1947 "BF Goodrich manufactures first tubeless tire, Akron OH"

    • May 11, 1947 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy

    • May 11, 1948 Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa

    • May 11, 1948 Luigi Einaudi elected President of Italy

    • May 11, 1949 "By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN"

    • May 11, 1949 First Polaroid camera sold $89.95 (NYC)

    • May 11, 1949 Israel joins the United Nations.

    • May 11, 1949 "Siam officially changes its name to Thailand, a name in use since 1939."

    • May 11, 1950 "Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die"

    • May 11, 1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory

    • May 11, 1953 "The Waco Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114."

    • May 11, 1953 Tornado kills 114 in Waco TX ($39 million damage)

    • May 11, 1953 Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles domino theory

    • May 11, 1955 Israel attacks Gaza

    • May 11, 1956 "Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV"

    • May 11, 1957 Gabriel Paris forms Government of Colombia

    • May 11, 1959 """Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb"" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4"

    • May 11, 1959 "Rodgers & Barer's musical ""Once Upon a Mattress"" premieres in NYC"

    • May 11, 1960 "French liner ""France"" launched"

    • May 11, 1960 "In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, living under the assumed name Ricardo Klement."

    • May 11, 1960 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

    • May 11, 1960 The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market.

    • May 11, 1962 Antonio Segni becomes President of Italy

    • May 11, 1962 "Near the Coast of Mexico a 7.0 quake resulted in four persons killed, and many injured. Extensive property damage in south-central Mexico"

    • May 11, 1962 US sends troops to Thailand

    • May 11, 1963 """Puff (The Magic Dragon)"" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2"

    • May 11, 1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham AL

    • May 11, 1964 Terence Conran opened the first Habitat store on London's Fulham Road.

    • May 11, 1965 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument

    • May 11, 1965 "The first of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)"

    • May 11, 1965 U.S. destroyers deliver first shore bombardment of Vietnam War.

    • May 11, 1965 West Indies becomes first holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy

    • May 11, 1966 "Henry ""Dickie"" Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, N.C.."

    • May 11, 1966 Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I

    • May 11, 1967 """Sing, Israel Sing"" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 performances"

    • May 11, 1967 "100,000,000th US phone connected"

    • May 11, 1967 Andreas Papandreou is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.

    • May 11, 1967 "Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for EG membership"

    • May 11, 1968 "Richard Harris releases ""MacArthur Park"""

    • May 11, 1968 "Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured"

    • May 11, 1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms

    • May 11, 1970 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise

    • May 11, 1970 "The Beatles song ""The Long and Winding Road"" is released as a single in the United States. It becomes the group's last number one single in that country."

    • May 11, 1970 "The Lubbock Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, Texas, killing 26."

    • May 11, 1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by the FBI on Dick Cavett Show

    • May 11, 1973 "Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed."

    • May 11, 1973 Dutch Government of Uyl forms

    • May 11, 1974 """Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"" by Frank Sinatra hits #83"

    • May 11, 1974 """Tubular Bells"" by Mike Oldfield hits #7"

    • May 11, 1974 "Steely Dan releases ""Rikki Don't Lose that Number"""

    • May 11, 1975 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market

    • May 11, 1976 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation

    • May 11, 1976 "Last broadcast of ""Marcus Welby, MD"" on ABC-TV"

    • May 11, 1977 Hamburger SV wins 17th soccer Europe Cup II

    • May 11, 1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game

    • May 11, 1978 Margaret A Brewer is first female general in the US Marine Corps

    • May 11, 1981 "Andrew Lloyd Webber/TS Eliot's musical ""Cats"" premieres in London"

    • May 11, 1981 "Kim Carnes' ""Bette Davis Eyes"" hits #1, stay there 9 weeks"

    • May 11, 1983 """Dance a Little Closer"" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC"

    • May 11, 1983 Aberdeen wins 23rd Europe Cup II

    • May 11, 1983 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth

    • May 11, 1983 In West Pubnico Nova Scotia a mob of 100 fishermen burn and sink two fisheries patrol boats at to protest lobster quotas.

    • May 11, 1984 A transit of Earth from Mars takes place.

    • May 11, 1984 Johan Cruijff quits soccer

    • May 11, 1984 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars

    • May 11, 1985 40 die & 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground

    • May 11, 1985 "56 spectators die when a flash fire strikes a football ground during a match in Bradford, England."

    • May 11, 1985 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India

    • May 11, 1985 "Madonna's ""Crazy For You"" single goes #1"

    • May 11, 1985 Number one hit on UK music charts - Paul Hardcastle - 19

    • May 11, 1987 Corazon Aquino is elected President in the Philippines

    • May 11, 1987 First heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)

    • May 11, 1987 Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.

    • May 11, 1987 The first heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)

    • May 11, 1988 KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II

    • May 11, 1988 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

    • May 11, 1989 "217th & final episode of ""Dynasty"" is aired"

    • May 11, 1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

    • May 11, 1989 "President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama"

    • May 11, 1993 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

    • May 11, 1993 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire

    • May 11, 1994 """Grease"" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances"

    • May 11, 1994 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa

    • May 11, 1994 Inter Milan wins 23rd UEFA Cup

    • May 11, 1995 "In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions."

    • May 11, 1996 "After taking-off from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board."

    • May 11, 1996 Dr.Nnamdi Azikiwe the first president of Nigeria died at the age of 92. - Nigeria

    • May 11, 1996 "Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die"

    • May 11, 1997 "IBM Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player."

    • May 11, 1998 An election is held in the Philippines where actor Joseph Estrada emerged as winner for President.

    • May 11, 1998 "India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device."

    • May 11, 2000 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.

    • May 11, 2001 Kurt Schachner turned 40 YEARS OLD. And boy does he show it.

    • May 11, 2004 The Stockline Plastics factory explosion in Glasgow kills nine people.

    • May 11, 2007 "Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvo."







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