On This Day

Historical Events on June 11 (Part 2)

Music Concert

1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert includes Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

French Open Men's Tennis

1989 French Open Men's Tennis: American Michael Chang wins lone career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; at 17 years, 110 days, becomes youngest male to win a Grand Slam singles title

  • 1989 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Orville Moody wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Charles Coody
  • 1990 Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of US flag unconstitutional

Music History

1990 UN appoints British-​Australian singer Olivia Newton-John as environmental ambassador

  • 1990 Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress

Sports History

1990 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

  • 1991 Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

Album Release

1991 Natalie Cole releases "Unforgettable...with Love", covering her father's standards including a "virtual duet" of title track; wins 6 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, 1992

  • 1992 Owners approve sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group

Hall of Fame

1992 Tracy Austin, 29, is youngest inductee of International Tennis Hall of Fame

  • 1992 US Olympic baseball team plays 1st exhibition game, beat Venezuela 20-0

Film Release

1993 "Jurassic Park", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million

  • 1993 "Scattergories" game show last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1993 "Scrabble," second run," TV Game Show; last airs on NBC-TV

Sports History

1994 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8

  • 1994 Drunken police officer shoots 7 people dead in Falun, Sweden
  • 1994 Moshood Abiola becomes President of Nigeria
  • 1994 Cbox is 39'115 long, 20'85 wide, & 8' high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn
  • 1994 "Meet The Flintstones" by The B-52's (stylized for this release as The B.C. 52's) from the 1994 film The Flintstones peaks at #33
  • 1995 Rondell White has six hits & hits for the cycle in 13-innings
  • 1995 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1

Historic Event

1996 Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president

  • 1996 Exxon states that it will begin work on its $15-billion Sakhalin I oil and natural gas development in Russia's Far East
  • 1998 Compaq Computer pays $9.6 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation; largest high-tech acquisition at the time
  • 2000 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins his second French title; beats Sweden's Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
  • 2001 Saudi Arabia seizes ownership, effective June 7, of the 1.6-million-barrels-per-day IPSA pipeline that had carried Iraqi crude oil to the Saudi Red Sea port of Mu'jiz prior to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
  • 2002 Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress

Music History

2002 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

  • 2004 Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe

Historic Event

2004 Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.

  • 2005 137th Belmont: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 2:28.75
  • 2005 WLAF World Bowl 13, LTU arena, Düsseldorf: Amsterdam Admirals beat Berlin Thunder, 27-21

LPGA Championship

2006 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bulle RockGC: Se Ri Pak wins her 3rd title in the event and 5th major; beats Australian Karrie Webb on first play-off hole

  • 2006 60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & The History Boys win

French Open Men's Tennis

2006 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal of Spain wins his 2nd straight French title; beats Roger Federer 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

Historic Event

2008 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century

  • 2009 Texas mother hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen in her Texas home. Witnesses say lightning came through a light fixture, struck her chest and exited her foot. Survived after three days in hospital.
  • 2009 Bulgarian authorities declare the country is officially in recession after dropping 1.6% in the last quarter of 2008

Swine Flu Pandemic

2009 The World Health Organization declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic, the first such incident in over forty years

  • 2011 143rd Belmont: Jose Valdivia Jr aboard Ruler On Ice wins in 2:30.88
  • 2012 Five people are killed after an ambulance hits a roadside bomb in Afghanistan
  • 2012 23 people are killed after two villages are attacked in northern Nigeria
  • 2012 The Nobel Prize is reduced by 20% to prevent any future undermining of capital
  • 2012 Two earthquakes in Afghanistan trigger landslides that kill more than 80 people
  • 2012 Stanley Cup Final, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA : LA Kings defeat New Jersey Devils, 6-1 for 4-2 series win; first SC title in Kings' 45-year history
  • 2012 US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State
  • 2012 French Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Novak Đoković 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5; 3rd straight French title for Nadal
  • 2014 Islamic State of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the northern city of Mosul
  • 2016 148th Belmont Stakes: Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Creator wins in 2:28:51
  • 2017 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6–2, 6–3, 6–1; becomes first man to win French title 10 times

Historic Event

2017 Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

  • 2017 Jailbreak by militants in Beni, DR Congo kills 11 and frees 900 prisoners
  • 2017 71st Tony Awards: "Dear Evan Hansen" best musical; "Oslo" best play
  • 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators, 2-0 for 4-2 series win; Penguins back-to-back champions
  • 2017 Puerto Rico votes overwhelming in favor of statehood in a status referendum with 97% in favor despite a low turnout of 23%
  • 2018 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical; "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play
  • 2018 Net neutrality is officially repealed by The Federal Communications Commission in the US
  • 2018 More than 100 people arrested in Vietnam, after protests against special economic zones at the People's Committee Headquarters in Binh Thuan province and elsewhere
  • 2018 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez accepts migrant rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people on board after Italy refuses it

Historic Event

2018 In landmark ruling, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejects El Salvador woman's asylum request based on domestic abuse

  • 2019 Botswana overturns law criminalizing same-sex relationships from colonial-era in landmark African LGBTQ case

Historic Event

2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces plan to ban single-use plastics by 2021

  • 2019 WHO confirms first case of Ebola virus in Uganda, spread from outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2019 Russian journalist Ivan Golunov released from prison and drug charges dropped after major public outcry with unprecedented joint campaign by Russian news sources

Music History

2019 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

Film Premier

2019 Toy Story 4 directed by Josh Cooley with the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen has its world premiere

  • 2020 Bodies of 46 migrants recovered off the coast of Tunisia after a boat capsized a few days before
  • 2020 Pan-American Health Organisation warns pandemic spreading "exponentially" in many areas of the region, home to nearly half of all cases worldwide

Historic Event

2021 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to Katori Hall for drama, The New York Times for pandemic coverage and special citation for Darnella Frazier for recording the murder of George Floyd

  • 2021 US lobsterman survives being swallowed by a humpback whale of coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts