On This Day

What Happened on June 11, 1955

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 1st magnesium jet airplane flies
  • 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, Soviet hammer thrower (Olympic Gold 1976, 80), born in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia

Famous Deaths

  • Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 75