On This Day

What Happened on June 11, 1955

Historical Events

  • 1st magnesium jet airplane flies

Sports History

87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29

  • Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)

Famous Birthdays

  • Tony Allcock, English bowls player (World Singles Champion (1986-87, 2002), born in Leicestershire
  • Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 2021)

Famous Deaths

  • Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Marcel Samuel-Rousseau, French organist and opera composer (Le Bon Roi Dagobert), dies at 72
  • Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75
1955 Highlights

About June 11, 1955

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 66 years, 5 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini