What Happened on August 11, 2016

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists
  • American Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada dead heat for the gold medal in coveted 100m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; tie in Olympic record 52.70; Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) takes bronze; her 3rd medal of the Games
  • American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • Fiji wins inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Famous Deaths

  • Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, dies at 81