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On This Day in History for June 11 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1971 US ends ban on China trade
  • 1972 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in June
  • 1972 KPAT-AM in Berkeley, California returns to original call letters KRE, marking 50 years since first on-air broadcxast
  • 1972 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • 1973 Libya nationalizes Bunker Hunt concession; Nigeria acquires 35 percent participation in Shell-BP concession
  • 1974 Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Washington
  • 1975 1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield
  • 1975 Greece adopts constitution
  • 1976 Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
  • 1976 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • 1977 Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland
  • 1978 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop
  • 1978 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • 1980 K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (San Francisco)
  • 1981 Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • 1981 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake in Iran, kills at least 2,000

  • 1982 Israel and Syria stop fighting in Lebanon

BeatificationPapal Visit

1982 Pope John Paul II visits Argentina

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
  • 1984 US Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally
  • 1985 Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
  • 1985 Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRs in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)
  • 1985 WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR

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1987 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1990 Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of US flag unconstitutional
  • 1990 Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress
  • 1991 Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0
  • 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
  • 1995 Rondell White has six hits & hits for the cycle in 13-innings

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

US Senator and Presidential Candidate Bob Dole
US Senator and Presidential Candidate
Bob Dole
  • 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 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • 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

  • 2004 Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe

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

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 2006 60th Tony Awards: Jersey Boys & The History Boys win

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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

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 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

PandemicSwine Flu Pandemic

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

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President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
President Barack Obama receives his flu jab during the 2009 swine flu pandemic
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  • 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 US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State
  • 2014 Islamic State of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the northern city of Mosul

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2017 Japan passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Emperor of Japan Akihito
Emperor of Japan
  • 2017 Jailbreak by militants in Beni, DR Congo kills 11 and frees 900 prisoners
  • 2017 Puerto Rico votes overwhelming in favor of statehood in a status referendum with 97% in favor despite a low turnout of 23%
  • 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

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

US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
US Senator and Attorney General
Jeff Sessions
  • 2019 Botswana overturns law criminalizing same-sex relationships from colonial-era in landmark African LGBTQ case

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

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • 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
  • 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

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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

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • 2021 US lobsterman survives being swallowed by a humpback whale of coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts

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