On This Day

What Happened on June 11, 1949

Historical Events

  • 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
  • Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)

US Golf Open

US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Cary Middlecoff wins the first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of Clayton Heafner and Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead

Famous Birthdays

  • Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist, born in Sovetsky, Kirov Oblast, Russia
  • Frank Beard, American blues-rock drummer (ZZ Top - "Legs"), born in Frankton, Texas
  • George Willig, American stuntman (The Human Fly, Spiderman) who climbed the World Trade Center in 1977, born in Queens, New York City
  • Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)

Famous Weddings

Hattie McDaniel

American Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, Arizona; divorced 1950

Pete Rozelle

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds artist Jane Coupe

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

Famous Deaths

  • Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
1949 Highlights

About June 11, 1949

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 4 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini