YEAR DAY EVENT
1189 May 11 Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders departed Regensburg.
1421 May 11 Jews were expelled from Styria, Austria.
1573 May 11 Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.
1610 May 11 Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary (China), died.
1742 May 11 Francesco Stradivari (70), Italian violin maker, son of Antonius, died.
1745 May 11 French forces defeated an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army at Fontenoy.
1751 May 11 The 1st US hospital was founded in Pennsylvania.
1752 May 11 The 1st US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia.
1792 May 11 The Columbia River was discovered and named by Captain Robert Gray.
1811 May 11 Chang and Eng Bunker, Chinese Siamese twins, were born.
1812 May 11 The Waltz was introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers considered it disgusting and immoral.
1814 May 11 Americans defeated the British at Battle of Plattsburgh.
1857 May 11 Indian mutineers against the British seized Delhi.
1858 May 11 Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union.
1860 May 11 Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily. He began a series of campaigns that politically unified most of the Italian peninsula in 1861.
1862 May 11 The Confederates scuttled the CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia.
1864 May 11 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern.
1889 May 11 Major Joseph Washington Wham took charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was soon stolen in a train robbery.
1904 May 11 Andrew Carnegie donated $1.5M to build a peace palace.
1910 May 11 Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
1912 May 11 Phil Silvers, comedian and actor, was born. He stared on TV’s “Sergeant Bilko.”
1916 May 11 Einstein’s paper “The Basis of the General Theory of Relativity” was published.
1921 May 11 Tel Aviv became the 1st all Jewish municipality.
1941 May 11 The 1st Messerschmidt 109F was shot down above England.
1943 May 11 Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrendered.
1944 May 11 Allied forces launched a major offensive against German lines in Italy.
1945 May 11 Kiyoshi Ogawa, Japanese pilot, crashed his plane into the US carrier Bunker Hill near Okinawa. 496 Americans died with him and the ship was knocked out of the war.
1946 May 11 Robert Jarvik, physician: inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart, was born in Michigan.
1947 May 11 The B.F. Goodrich Company of Akron, Ohio, announced the development of a tubeless tire.
1949 May 11 Siam changed its named to Thailand.
1951 May 11 Jay Forrester patented computer core memory.
1953 May 11 An F5 tornado hit downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people with 597 injured. Damages were estimated at $200 million.
1960 May 11 John D. Rockefeller Jr. (86), philanthropist, died.
1962 May 11 US sent troops to Thailand.
1963 May 11 “Puff The Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary hit #2.
1965 May 11 In East Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.
1967 May 11 The United Kingdom re-applied to join the European Community. It was followed by Ireland and Denmark and, a little later, by Norway. General de Gaulle was still reluctant to accept British accession.
1969 May 11 The Monty Python comedy troupe formed.
1970 May 11 The song “Long & Winding Road” by the Beatles was released in the US. It was their last American release.
1974 May 11 In Argentina leftist liberation theology priest Carlos Mugica (b.1930) was killed by ultra-right groups.
1981 May 11 The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Cats,” based on TS Eliot poems, premiered in London.
1982 May 11 In Massachusetts Michael Donohue (b.1906) and FBI informant Brian Halloran were shot to death in a hit allegedly planned and carried out by gang boss James Bulger.
1985 May 11 56 people died when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
1986 May 11 Fred Markham (US), unpaced and unaided by wind, became 1st to pedal 65 mph on a level course, Big Sand Flat, Calif.
1987 May 11 Former US National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane began testifying at the Iran-Contra hearings.
1988 May 11 Fans of Irving Berlin paid tribute on his 100th birthday with celebrations that included a gala at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1990 May 11 President Bush, on a two-day trip of college commencement speeches, told reporters aboard Air Force One that there were “no conditions” going into a budget summit with Congress.
1991 May 11 President Bush dispatched an amphibious task force with thousands of Marines and dozens of helicopters to help cyclone-ravaged Bangladesh with disaster relief efforts.
1992 May 11 Leaders of 12 European countries recalled their ambassadors from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia to protest Serb involvement in Bosnia’s ethnic war.
1993 May 11 The US Senate approved the so-called “motor voter” bill, designed to make voter registration easier.
1994 May 11 Arkansas put to death two convicted murderers; it was the first time a state executed two people on the same day since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976.
1995 May 11 A United Nations conference indefinitely extended the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which was originally set to expire after 25 years.
1997 May 11 The “Deep Blue” IBM computer demolished an overwhelmed Garry Kasparov and won the six-game chess match between man and machine in New York.
1998 May 11 Re: the Congo a new study reported that James Kabari, Pres. Kabila’s chief of staff, supervised a special Rwandan military unit that killed 2,000 Hutus in 1997 in the Congolese town of Mbandaka with Kabila’s knowledge.
1999 May 11 NATO bombings continued in Serbia with strikes against radio and TV towers, oil storage tanks, bridges and army barracks.
2000 May 11 Gov. Angus King signed a bill that made Maine the 1st state to threaten the pharmaceutical industry with price controls.
2001 May 11 Attorney General John Ashcroft delayed Timothy McVeigh’s execution from May 16 to June 11 due to documents that the FBI had failed to turn over to the defense.
2002 May 11 It was reported that a dead orca whale found off the Washington state coast contained toxic PCBs so high that test equipment needed to be recalibrated. Levels were measured at 1,000 parts-per-million.
2003 May 11 The United States declared Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party dead.
2004 May 11 The Bush administration ordered economic sanctions against Syria for supporting terrorism. Food and medicine were excepted.
2005 May 11 The US Real ID Act of 2005 was signed into law. It was Division B of an act of the United States Congress entitled Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005.
2006 May 11 The Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a plan to blanket the city’s 135 square miles with a high-speed wireless Internet connection, a measure the mayor is expected to sign soon.
2007 May 11 In California the high school graduation rate fell to 67%, a 10-year low, as the exit exam for basic skills was required for the first time.
2008 May 11 In Santa Rosa, Ca., the body of Patricia Barrales (25) was found by her mother in a closet buried under toys in a toy chest. She had been stabbed 68 times. In Dec, 2009, Honorio Pantaleon (32) was convicted of the murder of the mother of his 2 children.
2009 May 11 US Defense Secretary Robert Gates replaced General David McKiernan as the commander of the Afghanistan war, saying the Obama administration needs “fresh thinking” to turn around the war against a resurgent Taliban. Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal was named to replace McKiernan.
2010 May 11 The Obama administration announced a shift in national drug policy that would treat illegal drug use more as a public health issue.
2011 May 11 The United States designated Badruddin Haqqani, a North Waziristan-based leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, to a list of people sanctioned for involvement or support of terrorist organizations.
2012 May 11 In San Diego, Ca., Clyde Thompson Jr. (51), the president of the local Black Sabbath Motorcycle chapter, was killed in a drive-by shooting.
2013 May 11 In Indiana 3 men and a woman were found shot to death in Waynesville.
2014 May 11 A 2nd US case of MERS was diagnosed in Florida in a man visiting from Saudi Arabia.

Source: Timelines of History

 

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