What Happened on May 11

Historical Events

  • 330 Newly built city of Constantinople (Byzantium) dedicated, becomes the capital of the Eastern 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

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

  • 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn, opens at the New London Theatre in the West End, London; runs for 8,949 performances

May 11 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

Waltz introduced into English ballrooms; some observers consider it disgusting and immoral

On May 11, 1812

Would You Believe?

American actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano urges women to go on a "sex strike" after Georgia state passes new abortion law

On May 11, 2019

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, officiated by the Rev. Jesse Jackson:, his third marriage lasts until his death in 1990
  • 1996 Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York

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