What Happened on May 11

Significant 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
  • 1924 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)
  • 1995 In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • 2000 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby
More Historical Events

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 an hour

Did You Know?

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

On May 11, 1812


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 elected to Parliament at the same time.

On May 11, 1812

Famous Weddings

  • 1963 Prime Minister of Canada John Turner (33) weds Geills McCrae Kilgour (25)
  • 1970 Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise
  • 1996 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York
  • 2001 Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall
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