Historical Events on May 11

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  • 330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire

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1189 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
Holy Roman Emperor
Frederick Barbarossa
  • 1310 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.
  • 1421 Jews are expelled from Styria Austria

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1502 Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies"

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1548 Start of great fire in Brielle
  • 1625 Peasants besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper Austria
  • 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam.
  • 1674 Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty
  • 1678 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao
  • 1689 Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle
  • 1690 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 1745 Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
  • 1749 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, which reorganised the Royal Navy

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1751 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1752 1st US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia
  • 1772 Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
  • 1784 Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty
  • 1792 Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray
  • 1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

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1812 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • 1813 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1816 American Bible Society forms (NY)

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

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1833 "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215

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1841 American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • 1850 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
  • 1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • 1862 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA
  • 1864 Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)

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1864 Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart
Confederate General
J.E.B. Stuart
  • 1865 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
  • 1867 Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg
  • 1875 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
  • 1881 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague
  • 1887 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • 1888 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49

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1891 The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

  • 1892 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
  • 1893 Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
  • 1894 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
  • 1897 Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1900 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

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1904 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1907 Bank of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1907 A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.
  • 1910 Montana's Glacier National Park forms
  • 1911 The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
  • 1912 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4

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1917 King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • 1919 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0

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1919 Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1921 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • 1921 The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • 1923 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards
  • 1924 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

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1924 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

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1924 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1925 Communist Party of Holland splits
  • 1925 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR
  • 1926 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • 1927 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • 1927 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • 1928 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardGolf Major

1928 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1928 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • 1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • 1929 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • 1931 Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
  • 1935 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • 1940 65th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
  • 1940 NY World's Fair reopens
  • 1941 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
  • 1942 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa

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

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner

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1943 Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1943 US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)
  • 1944 Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer
  • 1944 Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
  • 1945 US Marines conquer Awatsha Draw, Okinawa
  • 1946 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • 1946 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • 1946 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • 1947 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • 1947 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • 1948 Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa
  • 1948 Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
  • 1949 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • 1949 Siam renames itself Thailand
  • 1950 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • 1950 Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris
  • 1951 American engineer Jay Forrester applys for patent for computer core memory
  • 1953 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

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1953 Winston Churchill criticizes US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1955 Israel attacks Gaza
  • 1956 Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV

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1956 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1957 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • 1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1959 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4
  • 1959 Rodgers & Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress" premieres in NYC

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1959 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1960 French liner "France" launched
  • 1960 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
  • 1960 1st contraceptive pill is made available for sale
  • 1962 Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962 US sends troops to Thailand
  • 1963 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2
  • 1963 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • 1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • 1965 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • 1965 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
  • 1965 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
  • 1965 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1965 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • 1966 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels
  • 1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 1967 100,000,000th US phone connected
  • 1967 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC

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1968 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 1968 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • 1968 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • 1968 The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
  • 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
  • 1970 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1971 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí

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1972 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • 1972 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1973 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • 1973 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
  • 1974 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
  • 1974 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
  • 1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • 1975 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
  • 1976 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
  • 1976 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

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1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1978 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • 1980 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on T. S. Eliot) premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1983 "Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC
  • 1983 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • 1983 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • 1984 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • 1984 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • 1984 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • 1985 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history
  • 1985 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India

Music release#1 in the Charts

1985 Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands, which is marred by violent protest
  • 1985 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno
  • 1986 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 1987 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test
  • 1988 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg

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1988 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1988 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1989 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • 1989 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

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1989 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1989 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • 1990 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
  • 1991 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Mary Chapin Carpenter win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • 1993 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • 1994 Musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
  • 1994 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • 1994 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1995 In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • 1996 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colo Rockies, 11-0
  • 1996 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • 1997 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 1997 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1997 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • 1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
  • 1997 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • 1998 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
  • 2002 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End.
  • 2002 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.

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2007 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2009 An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2010 Imelda Marcos wins election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Ilocos Norte province

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2010 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • 2012 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • 2013 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
  • 2013 Bayern Munich set a new  Bundesliga points record of 91
  • 2013 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • 2014 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China

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2015 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 2015 India's poulation officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby