Events in History on May 11

  • 330 Newly built city of Constantinople (Byzantium) dedicated, becomes the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • 868 "The Diamond Sutra", the world's oldest surviving and dated printed book is printed in Chinese and made into a scroll

Royal Coronation

1068 Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London

Historic Event

1189 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade

  • 1310 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics
  • 1421 Jews are expelled from Styria Austria

Historic Event

1502 Christopher Columbus begins 4th & last trip to the "Indies"

  • 1625 Peasants besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper Austria
  • 1647 Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam
  • 1674 Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty
  • 1678 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' naval fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao, ends French control and ushers in an age of Piracy in the Caribbean
  • 1689 Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle
  • 1690 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 1745 Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
  • 1749 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, to reorganise the Royal Navy

Historic Event

1751 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia

  • 1752 1st US fire insurance policy issued, in Philadelphia
  • 1772 Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed, in Amsterdam, Northern Netherlands
  • 1784 Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty
  • 1792 Columbia River discovered & named by US Captain Robert Gray

Historic Event

1800 French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck give a lecture first outlining his theories of evolution at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris, France

Assassination of a British Prime Minister

1812 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both later stand for the same seat in Parliament at the same time but neither win.

  • 1813 In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1816 American Bible Society forms (NY)

Historic Event

1820 Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that would later take a young Charles Darwin on his famous scientific voyage

  • 1833 "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in North Atlantic; kills 215

Historic Event

1841 American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound

  • 1850 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
  • 1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state
  • 1862 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1864 Battle of Yellow Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)

Historic Event

1864 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

  • 1865 Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas
  • 1867 Treaty of London drawn, granting Luxembourg full independence and neutrality
  • 1875 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout

Assassination Attempt

1891 The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt

  • 1894 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co

Historic Event

1904 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

  • 1907 A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot
  • 1907 Bank of San Francisco incorporated
  • 1910 Montana's Glacier National Park forms
  • 1911 The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty

Historic Event

1917 King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

  • 1921 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
  • 1921 The Allied Supreme Council warns Germany to pay reparations or the entire Ruhr Valley will be occupied; Germany agrees
  • 1924 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election

Historic Event

1924 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

  • 1925 Communist Party of Holland splits
  • 1925 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR
  • 1926 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
  • 1927 Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • 1928 General Electric opens 1st TV-station in Schenectady, New York
  • 1929 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • 1931 Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
  • 1937 Los Glaciares National Park established in Patagonia, Argentina, the country's largest national park (UNESCO World Heritage Site 1981) [1]
  • 1940 NY World's Fair reopens
  • 1941 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
  • 1942 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa

Historic Publication

1942 William Faulkner's collections of short stories, "Go Down, Moses", is published

Victory in Battle

1943 Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders

  • 1943 US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured)
  • 1944 Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer
  • 1945 US Marines conquer Awatsha Draw, Okinawa
  • 1946 United Malays National Organisation is created.
  • 1947 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio)
  • 1947 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • 1948 Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa
  • 1948 Luigi Einaudi elected President of Italy
  • 1949 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN
  • 1949 Siam renames itself Thailand
  • 1950 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
  • 1950 Eugene Ionesco's first play "La Cantatrice Chauve" (The Bald Soprano) premieres in Paris
  • 1951 American engineer Jay Forrester applies for patent for computer core memory
  • 1953 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
  • 1955 Israel attacks Gaza
  • 1957 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
  • 1958 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • 1958 US performs its second atmospheric nuclear test of the day, this one at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands
  • 1960 French liner "France" launched

Historic Event

1962 Antonio Segni becomes President of Italy

  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962 US sends troops to Thailand
  • 1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
  • 1965 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
  • 1965 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000

Statue of Liberty

1965 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument

  • 1965 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1967 100,000,000th US phone connected
  • 1967 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • 1968 Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured
  • 1968 Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, Etobicoke in the west
  • 1970 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1973 Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed
  • 1973 Dutch government of Uyl forms
  • 1975 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
  • 1978 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • 1983 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
  • 1984 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

  • 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

Election 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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 Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years
  • 2014 Thousands protest against the construction of a waste incineration plant in Hangzhou, China

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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
  • 2019 Militants attack Zaver Pearl-Continental Hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan killing five, Balochistan Liberation Army claim responsibility

Election of Interest

2019 South African parliamentary elections return ruling Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC party to power with reduced majority (58%)

  • 2020 Colombian airline Avianca, and world's 2nd oldest, becomes 1st major airline to file for bankruptcy due to COVID-19
  • 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]

Historic Event

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

  • 2021 Northern Ireland inquest into 1971 Ballymurphy killing of ten people finds people were innocent and killed (nine by soldiers) using unjustified force [1]
  • 2022 Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh shot and killed by Israeli forces in city of Jenin, in the West Bank [1]
  • 2022 Costa Rica declares a state of emergency after a ransomware attack infiltrates and cripples several government agencies [1]
  • 2022 First ever US government report into Indian boarding school deaths released (not complete), documents more than 500 deaths across 400 schools and 50 gravesites over 150 years [1]