June 11 Events
1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes. 173 - Marcomannic Wars: The Roman army in Moravia is encircled by the Quadi, who have broken the peace treaty. In a violent thunderstorm emperor Marcus Aurelius defeats and subdues them in the so-called "miracle of the rain". 631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang. 786 - A Hasanid Alid uprising in Mecca is crushed by the Abbasids at the Battle of Fakhkh. 980 - Vladimir the Great consolidates the Kievan realm from Ukraine to the Baltic Sea. He is proclaimed ruler of all Kievan Rus'. 1011 - Lombard Revolt: Greek citizens of Bari rise up against the Lombard rebels led by Melus and deliver the city to Basil Mesardonites, Byzantine governor of the Catepanate of Italy. 1118 - Roger of Salerno, Prince of Antioch, captures Azaz from the Seljuk Turks. 1157 - Albert I of Brandenburg, also called The Bear, becomes the founder of the Margraviate of Brandenburg, Germany and the first margrave. 1345 - The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners. 1429 - Hundred Years' War: Start of the Battle of Jargeau. 1488 - Battle of Sauchieburn: Fought between rebel Lords and James III of Scotland, resulting in the death of the king. 1509 - Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. 1594 - Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the stabilization of the rule of the Principalía. 1748 - Denmark adopts the characteristic Nordic Cross flag later taken up by all other Scandinavian countries. 1770 - British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef. 1775 - The American Revolutionary War's first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel. 1776 - The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence. 1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska. 1805 - A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory. 1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City. 1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish. 1865 - The Naval Battle of the Riachuelo is fought on the rivulet Riachuelo, between the Paraguayan Navy on one side and the Brazilian Navy on the other. The Brazilian victory was crucial for the later success of the Triple Alliance in the Paraguayan War. 1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia. 1895 - Paris–Bordeaux–Paris, sometimes called the first automobile race in history or the "first motor race", takes place. 1898 - The Hundred Days' Reform, a planned movement to reform social, political, and educational institutions in China, is started by the Guangxu Emperor, but is suspended by Empress Dowager Cixi after 104 days. 1901 - The boundaries of the Colony of New Zealand are extended by the UK to include the Cook Islands. 1903 - A group of Serbian officers stormed the royal palace and assassinated King Alexander Obrenović and his wife, Queen Draga. 1917 - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father, Constantine I, abdicates under pressure from allied armies occupying Athens. 1919 - Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown. 1920 - During the U.S. Republican National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Republican Party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the U.S. presidential election, leading the Associated Press to coin the political phrase "smoke-filled room". 1935 - Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey. 1936 - The London International Surrealist Exhibition opens. 1937 - Great Purge: The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin executes eight army leaders. 1938 - Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Wuhan starts. 1940 - World War II: The Siege of Malta begins with a series of Italian air raids. 1942 - World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union. 1942 - Free French Forces retreat from Bir Hakeim after having successfully delayed the Axis advance. 1944 -, the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned. 1955 - Eighty-three spectators are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports. 1956 - Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150. 1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island. 1963 - American Civil Rights Movement: Governor of Alabama George Wallace defiantly stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register. 1963 - Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam. 1963 - John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which would revolutionize American society by guaranteeing equal access to public facilities, ending segregation in education, and guaranteeing federal protection for voting rights. 1964 - World War II veteran Walter Seifert attacks an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance. 1968 - Lloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens that could differentiate among different cell types. 1970 - After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first women to do so. 1971 - The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control. 1978 - Altaf Hussain founds the student political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation in Karachi University. 1981 - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000. 1987 - Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant are elected as the first black MPs in Great Britain. 1998 - Compaq Computer pays US$9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition. 2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. 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 the Saturn moon Phoebe. 2007 - Mudslides in Chittagong, Bangladesh, kill 130 people. 2008 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to abuses at a Canadian Indian residential school. 2008 - The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is launched into orbit. 2010 - The first African FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa. 2012 - More than 80 people die in a landslide triggered by two earthquakes in Afghanistan; an entire village is buried. 2013 - Greece's public broadcaster ERT is shut down by then-prime minister Antonis Samaras. It reopened exactly two years later by then-prime minister Alexis Tsipras. 2018 - 3 World Trade Center officially opens. Births 1403 - John IV, Duke of Brabant 1431 - Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond 1456 - Anne Neville, Princess of Wales and Queen of England 1540 - Barnabe Googe, English poet and translator 1555 - Lodovico Zacconi, Italian composer and theorist 1572 - Ben Jonson, English poet, playwright, and critic 1585 - Evert Horn, Swedish soldier 1588 - George Wither, English poet 1620 - John Moore, English businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of London 1655 - Antonio Cifrondi, Italian painter 1662 - Tokugawa Ienobu, Japanese shōgun 1672 - Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer 1690 - Giovanni Antonio Giay, Italian composer 1696 - James Francis Edward Keith, Scottish-Prussian field marshal 1697 - Francesco Antonio Vallotti, Italian organist and composer 1704 - Carlos Seixas, Portuguese harpsichord player and composer 1709 - Joachim Martin Falbe, German painter 1712 - Benjamin Ingham, American missionary 1723 - Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer 1726 - Infanta Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain 1741 - Joseph Warren, American physician and general 1776 - John Constable, English painter and academic 1797 - José Trinidad Reyes, Honduran philosopher and theorist 1807 - James F. Schenck, American admiral 1815 - Julia Margaret Cameron, Indian-Sri Lankan photographer 1818 - Alexander Bain, Scottish philosopher and academic 1829 - Edward Braddon, English-Australian politician, 18th Premier of Tasmania 1832 - Lucy Pickens, American wife of Francis Wilkinson Pickens 1842 - Carl von Linde, German engineer and academic 1846 - William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer 1847 - Millicent Fawcett, English academic and activist 1861 - Alexander Peacock, Australian politician, 20th Premier of Victoria 1864 - Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor 1867 - Charles Fabry, French physicist and academic 1871 - Stjepan Radić, Croatian lawyer and politician 1876 - Alfred L. Kroeber, American-French anthropologist and ethnologist 1877 - Renée Vivien, English-French poet and author 1879 - Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player and manager 1880 - Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician 1881 - Spiros Xenos, Greek-Swedish painter 1881 - Mordecai Kaplan, Lithuanian rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism 1888 - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian-American anarchist and convicted criminal 1889 - Hugo Wieslander, Swedish decathlete 1894 - Kiichiro Toyoda, Japanese businessman, founded Toyota 1895 - Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet politician 1897 - Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian activist, founded the Hindustan Republican Association 1897 - Reg Latta, Australian rugby league player 1899 - Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist and short story writer Nobel Prize laureate 1901 - Cap Fear, Canadian football player and rower 1901 - Benny Wearing, Australian rugby league player 1902 - Eric Fraser, British illustrator and graphic designer 1903 - Ernie Nevers, American football player and coach 1908 - Karl Hein, German hammer thrower 1908 - Francisco Marto, Portuguese saint 1909 - Natascha Artin Brunswick, German-American mathematician and photographer 1910 - Carmine Coppola, American flute player and composer 1910 - Jacques Cousteau, French biologist, author, and inventor, co-developed the aqua-lung 1912 - James Algar, American director, producer, and screenwriter 1912 - William Baziotes, American painter and academic 1912 - Mohammad Hassan Ganji, Iranian meteorologist and academic 1913 - Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach, and manager 1913 - Risë Stevens, American soprano and actress 1914 - Jan Hendrik van den Berg, Dutch psychiatrist and academic 1915 - Magda Gabor, Hungarian-American actress 1915 - Nicholas Metropolis, American mathematician and physicist 1917 - Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessman and religious leader 1918 - Ruth Aarons, American table tennis player and manager 1919 - Suleiman Mousa, Jordanian historian and author 1919 - Richard Todd, Irish-English actor 1920 - Shelly Manne, American drummer, composer, and bandleader 1920 - Hazel Scott, Trinidadian-American singer, actress, and pianist 1920 - Keith Seaman, Australian lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of South Australia 1922 - Jean Sutherland Boggs, Peruvian-Canadian historian, academic, and civil servant 1922 - Michael Cacoyannis, Greek Cypriot director, producer, and screenwriter 1925 - Johnny Esaw, Canadian sportscaster 1925 - William Styron, American novelist and essayist 1926 - Carlisle Floyd, American composer and educator 1927 - Beryl Grey, English ballerina 1927 - John W. O'Malley, American Catholic historian, academic and Jesuit priest 1927 - Kit Pedler, English parapsychologist and author 1928 - Queen Fabiola of Belgium 1929 - Ayhan Şahenk, Turkish businessman 1930 - Charles Rangel, American soldier, lawyer, and politician 1932 - Athol Fugard, South African-American actor, director, and playwright 1932 - Tim Sainsbury, English businessman and politician, Minister of State for Trade 1933 - Gene Wilder, American actor, director, and screenwriter 1937 - Chad Everett, American actor and director 1937 - Robin Warren, Australian pathologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 1939 - Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Baroness Heyhoe Flint, English cricketer and journalist 1939 - Jackie Stewart, Scottish race car driver and sportscaster 1942 - Parris Glendening, American politician, 59th Governor of Maryland 1943 - Henry Hill, American mobster 1945 - Adrienne Barbeau, American actress 1947 - Richard Palmer-James, English singer-songwriter and guitarist 1948 - Dave Cash, American baseball player and coach 1948 - Lalu Prasad Yadav, Indian politician, 20th Chief Minister of Bihar 1949 - Frank Beard, American drummer and songwriter 1950 - Lynsey de Paul, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, cartoonist and actress 1950 - Graham Russell, English-Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist 1951 - Matthew Engel, English journalist and author 1951 - Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese painter and photographer 1952 - Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Russian runner 1952 - Donnie Van Zant, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1953 - Steve Bassam, Baron Bassam of Brighton, English politician 1953 - José Bové, French farmer and politician 1953 - Barbara Minty, American model 1954 - John Dyson, Australian cricketer 1954 - Johnny Neel, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player 1955 - Yuriy Sedykh, Ukrainian hammer thrower 1955 - Duncan Steel, English-Australian astronomer and author 1956 - Joe Montana, American football player and sportscaster 1956 - Simon Plouffe, Canadian mathematician and academic 1956 - Arthur Porter, Canadian physician and academic 1956 - Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American bass player and bandleader 1958 - Barry Adamson, English singer and bass player 1959 - Hugh Laurie, English actor and screenwriter 1960 - Mehmet Oz, American surgeon, author, and television host 1962 - Mano Menezes, Brazilian footballer and coach 1963 - Gioia Bruno, American singer-songwriter 1963 - Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler and sportscaster 1964 - Jean Alesi, French race car driver 1964 - Kim Gallagher, American runner 1965 - Georgios Bartzokas, Greek former professional basketball player 1965 - Gavin Hill, New Zealand rugby player 1966 - Bruce Robison, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist 1967 - Graeme Bachop, New Zealand rugby player 1967 - João Garcia, Portuguese mountaineer 1968 - Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein 1968 - Manoa Thompson, Fijian rugby player 1969 - Peter Dinklage, American actor and producer 1969 - Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player 1969 - Olaf Kapagiannidis, German footballer 1971 - Vladimir Gaidamașciuc, Moldovan footballer 1971 - Liz Kendall, British politician 1971 - Mark Richardson, New Zealand cricketer 1971 - Kenjiro Tsuda, Japanese voice actor 1972 - Stephen Kearney, New Zealand rugby league player and coach 1973 - José Manuel Abundis, Mexican footballer and coach 1974 - Fragiskos Alvertis, Greek basketball player, coach, and manager 1976 - Reiko Tosa, Japanese runner 1977 - Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer 1978 - Joshua Jackson, Canadian-American actor 1978 - Daryl Tuffey, New Zealand cricketer 1979 - Ali Boussaboun, Moroccan-Dutch footballer 1979 - Amy Duggan, Australian footballer and sportscaster 1980 - Yhency Brazoban, Dominican baseball player 1981 - Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer 1981 - Kristo Tohver, Estonian footballer and referee 1982 - Vanessa Boslak, French pole vaulter 1982 - Jacques Freitag, South African high jumper 1982 - Joey Graham, American basketball player 1982 - Stephen Graham, American basketball player 1982 - Reni Maitua, Australian rugby league player 1982 - Eldar Rønning, Norwegian skier 1982 - Diana Taurasi, American basketball player 1983 - Chuck Hayes, American basketball player 1983 - José Reyes, Dominican baseball player 1984 - Andy Lee, Irish boxer 1984 - Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer 1985 - Tim Hoogland, German footballer 1986 - Sebastian Bayer, German long jumper 1986 - Shia LaBeouf, American actor 1987 - Marsel İlhan, Turkish tennis player 1987 - Didrik Solli-Tangen, Norwegian singer 1988 - Jesús Fernández Collado, Spanish footballer 1988 - Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter, model, radio host 1989 - Maya Moore, American basketball player 1990 - Christophe Lemaitre, French sprinter 1991 - Daniel Howell, English internet celebrity 1993 - Brittany Boyd, American basketball player 1994 - Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress 1996 - Ayaka Sasaki, Japanese singer 1998 - Charlie Tahan, American actor 1999 - Eartha Cumings, Scottish footballer Deaths 323 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian king 573 - Emilian of Cogolla, Iberic saint 840 - Junna, emperor of Japan 884 - Shi Jingsi, general of the Tang Dynasty 888 - Rimbert, archbishop of Bremen 1183 - Henry the Young King of England 1216 - Henry of Flanders, emperor of the Latin Empire 1248 - Adachi Kagemori, Japanese samurai 1253 - Amadeus IV, count of Savoy 1298 - Yolanda of Poland 1323 - Bérenger Fredoli, French lawyer and bishop 1345 - Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire 1347 - Bartholomew of San Concordio, Italian Dominican canonist and man of letters 1446 - Henry de Beauchamp, 1st Duke of Warwick 1479 - John of Sahagun, hermit and saint 1488 - James III of Scotland 1557 - John III of Portugal 1560 - Mary of Guise, queen of James V of Scotland 1683 - Nikita Pustosvyat, a leader of the Russian Old Believers, beheaded 1695 - André Félibien, French historian and author 1712 - Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme 1727 - George I of Great Britain 1748 - Felice Torelli, Italian painter 1796 - Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and politician, founded the Whitbread Company 1847 - John Franklin, English admiral and politician 1852 - Karl Bryullov, Russian painter 1859 - Klemens von Metternich, German-Austrian politician, 1st State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire 1879 - William, Prince of Orange 1882 - Louis Désiré Maigret, French bishop 1885 - Matías Ramos Mejía, Argentinian colonel 1897 - Henry Ayers, English-Australian politician, 8th Premier of South Australia 1903 - Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician and philosopher 1903 - Alexander I of Serbia 1903 - Draga Mašin, Serbian wife of Alexander I of Serbia 1911 - James Curtis Hepburn, American physician and missionary 1913 - Mahmud Shevket Pasha, Ottoman general and politician, 279th Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire 1914 - Adolphus Frederick V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1920 - William F. Halsey, Sr., American captain 1924 - Théodore Dubois, French organist, composer, and educator 1927 - William Attewell, English cricketer 1934 - Lev Vygotsky, Belarusian-Russian psychologist and theorist 1936 - Robert E. Howard, American author and poet 1937 - R. J. Mitchell, English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire 1941 - Daniel Carter Beard, American author and illustrator, founded the Boy Scouts of America 1955 - Pierre Levegh, French race car driver 1962 - Chhabi Biswas, Indian actor and director 1963 - Thích Quảng Đức, Vietnamese monk and martyr 1965 - Paul B. Coremans, Belgian chemist and academic 1965 - José Mendes Cabeçadas, Portuguese admiral and politician, 9th President of Portugal 1970 - Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic 1974 - Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Brazilian general and politician, 16th President of Brazil 1974 - Julius Evola, Italian philosopher and author 1976 - Jim Konstanty, American baseball player 1979 - Alice Dalgliesh, Trinidadian-American author and publisher 1979 - John Wayne, American actor, director, and producer 1983 - Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian businessman and politician 1984 - Enrico Berlinguer, Italian politician 1986 - Chesley Bonestell, American painter and illustrator 1991 - Cromwell Everson, South African composer 1993 - Ray Sharkey, American actor 1994 - A. Thurairajah, Sri Lankan engineer and academic 1995 - Rodel Naval, Filipino singer-songwriter and actor 1996 - George Hees, Canadian politician 1996 - Brigitte Helm, German-Swiss actress 1998 - Catherine Cookson, English author 1999 - DeForest Kelley, American actor and screenwriter 2001 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist 2001 - Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer and actress 2003 - David Brinkley, American journalist and author 2004 - Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer 2005 - Vasco Gonçalves, Portuguese general and politician, 103rd Prime Minister of Portugal 2005 - Anne-Marie Alonzo, Canadian playwright, poet, novelist, critic and publisher 2006 - Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer 2006 - Bruce Shand, English soldier 2007 - Imre Friedmann, American biologist and academic 2007 - Mala Powers, American actress 2008 - Ove Andersson, Swedish race car driver 2008 - Võ Văn Kiệt, Vietnamese soldier and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Vietnam 2011 - Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Israeli physicist and engineer 2011 - Seth Putnam, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 2012 - Ann Rutherford, Canadian-American actress 2012 - Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer and engineer 2013 - Miller Barber, American golfer 2013 - Carl W. Bauer, American lawyer and politician 2013 - Robert Fogel, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate 2013 - James Grimsley, Jr., American general 2013 - Rory Morrison, English journalist 2013 - Kristiāns Pelšs, Latvian ice hockey player 2013 - Vidya Charan Shukla, Indian politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs 2014 - Ruby Dee, American actress 2014 - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor and composer 2014 - Susan B. Horwitz, American computer scientist, engineer, and academic 2014 - Mipham Chokyi Lodro, Tibetan lama and educator 2014 - Benjamin Mophatlane, South African businessman 2014 - Carlton Sherwood, American soldier and journalist 2015 - Jim Ed Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 2015 - Ornette Coleman, American saxophonist, violinist, trumpet player, and composer 2015 - Ian McKechnie, Scottish footballer and manager 2015 - Ron Moody, English actor and singer 2015 - Dusty Rhodes, American wrestler 2016 - Rudi Altig, German track and road racing cyclist 2020 - Stella Pevsner, children's author Holidays and observances American Evacuation Day Brazilian Navy commemorative day Christian feast day: *Barnabas the Apostle *Bartholomew the Apostle *Blessed Ignatius Maloyan *Paula Frassinetti *Riagail of Bangor *June 11 Davis Day Kamehameha Day Student Day
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