May 11th Events

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May 11th, 2007 (May 11 2007)EventPope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvao.
May 11th, 2002 (May 11 2002)EventHer 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.
May 11th, 2000 (May 11 2000)EventLast performance of the musical Cats in London s West End.
May 11th, 1998 (May 11 1998)EventIndia conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device.
May 11th, 1997 (May 11 1997)EventIBM Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.Garry Kasparov Quotes
May 11th, 1996 (May 11 1996)EventAfter taking-off from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board.
May 11th, 1995 (May 11 1995)EventIn New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
May 11th, 1987 (May 11 1987)EventKlaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.Klaus Barbie Quotes
May 11th, 1987 (May 11 1987)EventIn Baltimore, Maryland, The first heart-lung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz, of Stanford University School of Medicine.
May 11th, 1985 (May 11 1985)EventFifty-six spectators die when a flash fire strikes a football ground during a match in Bradford, England.
May 11th, 1984 (May 11 1984)EventA transit of Earth from Mars takes place.
May 11th, 1973 (May 11 1973)EventCiting government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
May 11th, 1970 (May 11 1970)EventHenry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.Henry Ford Quotes
May 11th, 1970 (May 11 1970)EventThe Lubbock Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, Texas, killing 26.
May 11th, 1969 (May 11 1969)EventVietnam War: Operation Apache Snow - Near the Laos border, American and South Vietnamese forces fight North Vietnamese troops for Ap Bia Mountain (aka Hill 937 or "Hamburger Hill").
May 11th, 1968 (May 11 1968)EventThe Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
May 11th, 1967 (May 11 1967)EventAndreas Papandreou, Greek economist and socialist politician, is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.
May 11th, 1960 (May 11 1960)EventIn Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann, living under the assumed name Ricardo Klement.Adolf Eichmann Quotes
May 11th, 1960 (May 11 1960)EventThe first contraceptive pill is made available on the market.
May 11th, 1953 (May 11 1953)EventThe 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114.
May 11th, 1949 (May 11 1949)EventSiam officially changes its name to Thailand, a name in use since 1939.
May 11th, 1949 (May 11 1949)EventIsrael joins the United Nations.
May 11th, 1946 (May 11 1946)EventUMNO is created.
May 11th, 1944 (May 11 1944)EventWorld War II: The Allies start a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line.
May 11th, 1943 (May 11 1943)EventWorld War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
May 11th, 1942 (May 11 1942)EventWilliam Faulkner s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.William Faulkner Quotes
May 11th, 1934 (May 11 1934)EventDust Bowl: A strong two-day dust storm removes massive amounts of Great Plains topsoil in one of the worst dust storms of the Dust Bowl in North America.
May 11th, 1927 (May 11 1927)EventThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
May 11th, 1924 (May 11 1924)EventMercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.
May 11th, 1918 (May 11 1918)EventThe Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established.
May 11th, 1911 (May 11 1911)EventThe United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
May 11th, 1910 (May 11 1910)EventAn act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
May 11th, 1907 (May 11 1907)EventA derailment outside Lompoc, California kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.
May 11th, 1894 (May 11 1894)EventPullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois.
May 11th, 1891 (May 11 1891)EventThe Otsu Scandal takes place.
May 11th, 1867 (May 11 1867)EventLuxembourg gains its independence.
May 11th, 1864 (May 11 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Yellow Tavern - Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern, Virginia.
May 11th, 1862 (May 11 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: The ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
May 11th, 1858 (May 11 1858)EventMinnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
May 11th, 1857 (May 11 1857)EventIndian Mutiny: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
May 11th, 1841 (May 11 1841)EventLt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.Charles Fort Quotes
May 11th, 1820 (May 11 1820)EventLaunch of HMS Beagle the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.Charles Darwin Quotes
May 11th, 1813 (May 11 1813)EventIn 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.
May 11th, 1812 (May 11 1812)EventPrime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
May 11th, 1792 (May 11 1792)EventCaptain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.
May 11th, 1745 (May 11 1745)EventWar of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy - At Fontenoy, French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army.
May 11th, 1502 (May 11 1502)EventChristopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.Christopher Columbus Quotes
May 11th, 1310 (May 11 1310)EventFifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.
May 11th, 0330 (May 11 0330)EventByzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.

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