On This Day

What Happened on May 11

Important Events

  • 330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire
  • 1189 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade
  • 1751 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia
  • 1995 More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons [1]
  • 2000 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
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May 11 in Film & TV

  • 1969 British comedy troupe Monty Python forms, made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

May 11 in Music

May 11 in Sport

  • 1893 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

On May 11, 1812

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

On May 11, 1812

Famous Weddings

  • 1963 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)
  • 1970 American entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. (44) weds American entertainer Altovise Gore (26) in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania courthouse by the Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • 1996 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York
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