On This Day in History for May 11

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 133

  • 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

MurderAssassination Attempt

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

  • 1894 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co

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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.

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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
  • 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
  • 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 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1957 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1960 French liner "France" launched

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1960 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires

SS officer Adolf Eichmann
SS officer
Adolf Eichmann
  • 1962 Antonio Segni becomes President of Italy
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962 US sends troops to Thailand
  • 1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • 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
  • 1967 100,000,000th US phone connected
  • 1967 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • 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.
  • 1970 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • 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 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
  • 1975 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market

Birthdays in History

  • 1568 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)
  • 1571 Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637)
  • 1654 Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian
  • 1720 Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
  • 1722 Peter Camper, Leyden Holland, anatomist/professor (Amsterdam)
  • 1733 Victoire of France, daughter of king Louis XV (d. 1799)
  • 1752 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • 1763 János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
  • 1799 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1801 Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875)
  • 1811 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, born in Samutsongkram, Thailand (d. 1874)
  • 1811 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • 1821 [Carlos] Charles John Stolbrand, Swedish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Skåne, Sweden (d. 1894)
  • 1823 Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter
  • 1824 Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1827 Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
  • 1830 John Converse Starkweather, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1838 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • 1852 Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
  • 1854 Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
  • 1858 Carl Hauptmann, writer
  • 1861 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)
  • 1871 Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • 1875 Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)
  • 1878 Jan Machiel Reyskens, oldest male resident of the Netherlands, (d. 1990 aged 111)
  • 1881 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • 1888 P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • 1888 Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
  • 1894 Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
  • 1894 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • 1895 Jan Parandowski, writer
  • 1896 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
  • 1897 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • 1897 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
  • 1902 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
  • 1904 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer

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1904 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), born in Figueres, Spain (d. 1989)

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali
  • 1905 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • 1906 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break the sound barrier, born in Muscogee, Florida (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1909 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
  • 1911 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
  • 1911 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
  • 1913 Robert Jungk, Austrian publicist (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer (Nobel Prize 1989), born in Padrón, La Coruña (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
  • 1918 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Feynman-diagrams/Nobel prize 1965)
  • 1918 Robert Hunt, CEO (Dowty Group)
  • 1921 Ian Percival, British politician (C) and Solicitor General (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
  • 1922 Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1923 Joan Moriarty, Brigadier matron-in-chief/dir (Army Nursing Services)
  • 1923 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
  • 1924 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • 1925 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), born in Haslingden, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
  • 1925 William Glasser, psychiatrist (reality therapy, choice theory), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)
  • 1927 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Zilpha Keatly Snyder, US, sci-fi author (Headless Cupid)
  • 1927 Gene Savoy, American author, explorer, scholar and cleric (d. 2007)
  • 1928 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • 1928 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • 1929 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • 1930 M J Hamlin, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Dundee University)
  • 1930 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1930 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • 1930 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC) born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Stephen Smalley, rev/dean (Chester)
  • 1932 Henriette Santer, clinical Psychologist
  • 1932 Valentino [Garavani], fashion designer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1933 Louis Farrakhan, minister (black islam nation, million man march)
  • 1934 James M Jeffords, (Rep-R-VT, 1975- )
  • 1935 Francisco Umbral, Spanish novelist (d. 2007)
  • 1936 Ulrich Berkes, German writer, born in Salle
  • 1941 Graham Miles, English snooker player
  • 1942 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1946 Robert Jarvik, American scientist and researcher (developed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1948 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1950 John Kelly, American General, President Trump's Chief of Staff (2017-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1955 John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • 1956 Theresa Burke, Canadian journalist
  • 1957 Luca Urbani, MD/astronaut (STS 78-alt), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1963 Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish politician
  • 1964 John Parrott, snooker player
  • 1978 Richard Spencer, American white supremacist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1986 Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, Dutch Professional Gamer

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

1963 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)

17th Prime Minister of Canada John Turner
17th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner
  • 1970 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise
  • 1996 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York

Deaths in History

  • 1304 Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler (b. 1271)
  • 1610 Matteo Ricci, Italian missionary (China), dies
  • 1672 Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, English royalist (b. 1615)
  • 1708 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (b. 1646)
  • 1723 Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
  • 1742 Francesco Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70
  • 1772 Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
  • 1777 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)

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1778 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', dies at 69

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • 1779 John Heart, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at about 68

MurderAssassination

1812 Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • 1849 Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French socialite (b. 1777)
  • 1857 E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
  • 1871 John Herschel, cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
  • 1881 Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
  • 1887 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
  • 1891 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), dies at 71
  • 1916 Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (s-effect), dies
  • 1920 William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • 1927 Henry Martyn Robert, (Robert's Rules of Order), dies at 90
  • 1927 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • 1929 Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
  • 1934 Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)
  • 1935 Edward H Thompson, US archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
  • 1938 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • 1939 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
  • 1944 Henk Hos, resistance fighter, executed at 37
  • 1949 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • 1953 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • 1956 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79

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1960 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, dies of pneumonia at 86

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1962 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), dies at 83
  • 1963 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Ludovicus H "Lode" Baekelmans, Flemish playwright, dies at 86
  • 1965 Roger Vailland, French author, dies at 57
  • 1973 Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
  • 1976 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • 1976 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • 1978 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • 1979 Joan Chandler, dies at 55
  • 1981 Hoyt J Fuller, editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • 1983 Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • 1985 Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • 1985 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer and poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • 1986 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)

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1988 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • 1991 Filip J Field, dies at 67
  • 1991 Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
  • 1992 Carlos Herrera, drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • 1992 Elizabeth McDonald, inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • 1994 Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
  • 1994 Lewis B Puller, US writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • 1995 David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
  • 1996 Joan Thirkettle, journalist, dies at 48
  • 1996 Malcolm MacEwen, writer, dies at 84
  • 1996 Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies

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2001 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • 2002 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
  • 2002 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • 2007 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American author (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64