On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1984 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
  • 1985 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
  • 1985 Pope John Paul II arrival in Netherlands marred by violent protest
  • 1987 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test
  • 1989 217th & final episode of TV soap "Dynasty" is aired
  • 1989 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

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1989 US President George H. W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1993 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • 1994 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • 1994 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • 1995 More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons [1]
  • 1996 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
  • 1998 India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
  • 2000 India's population officially reaches 1 billion - Astha Arora named India's billionth baby

  • 2002 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.


2007 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2009 An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2010 Imelda Marcos wins election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Ilocos Norte province

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2010 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • 2012 Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation
  • 2013 43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey
  • 2013 Bayern Munich set a new  Bundesliga points record of 91
  • 2013 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • 2014 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China

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2015 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

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2016 Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for budgetary violations

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • 2018 Mass murder-suicide in Margaret River, Australia, grandfather shoots six members of his family and himself
  • 2018 Most popular names in the US for 2017 revealed as Emma for girls, Liam for boys
  • 2019 South African parliamentary elections return ruling Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC party to power with reduced majority (58%)
  • 2019 Militants attack Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan killing five, Balochistan Liberation Army claim responsibility
  • 2019 Carbon dioxide levels in the earth's atmosphere hit levels not seen for 3 million years at 415 parts per million, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
  • 2020 Colombian airline Avianca, and world's 2nd oldest, becomes 1st major airline to file for bankruptcy
  • 2020 World Health Organization warns “extreme vigilance” needed as many countries begin easing lockdowns
  • 2021 China census figures show country's population 1.41 billion people, growth at its slowest since 1960s, (+0.53 down from +0.57) [1]
  • 2021 Northern Ireland inquest into 1971 Ballymurphy killing of ten people finds people were innocent and killed (nine by soldiers) using unjustified force [1]

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2021 First major US offshore windfarm off the coast of Massachusetts approved by Biden administration

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

Birthdays in History

Weddings in History

Deaths in History