This Day in History for 11th May

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 200

330 - Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire
1189 - Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg
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
1502 - Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies"
1548 - Start of great fire in Brielle
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' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao
1689 - Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle
1690 - English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1745 - Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
1749 - British parliament accepts Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization
1751 - 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
1752 - 1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1772 - Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
1784 - Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty
1792 - Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray
1812 - Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers consider it disgusting & immoral. No wonder it caught on!
1812 - British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.
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.
1814 - Americans defeat British at Battle of Plattsburgh
1816 - American Bible Society forms (NY)
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1820 - Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
1833 - "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215
1841 - Lt. 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, VA
1864 - Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)
1864 - Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern
1865 - Jeff Thompson surrenders
Confederate General J.E.B. StuartConfederate General J.E.B. Stuart 1867 - Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg
1875 - George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
1881 - Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague
1887 - 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
1888 - 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
1891 - The Otsu Scandal takes place.
1892 - 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½
1893 - Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
1894 - American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
1897 - Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
1900 - James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title
1904 - Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
1907 - Bank of San Francisco incorporated
1907 - A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot.
1910 - Montana's Glacier National Park forms
1911 - The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1912 - 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
King of the United Kingdom George VKing of the United Kingdom George V 1917 - King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
1918 - 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
1919 - Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0
1919 - Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie
1921 - Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
1923 - 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards
1924 - Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election
1924 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)
1924 - Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies.
Poet Robert FrostPoet Robert Frost 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 - Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
1927 - Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1928 - 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
1928 - 54th Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2
1928 - 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's
Golfer Walter HagenGolfer Walter Hagen 1928 - General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
1929 - 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
1929 - Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin Tx
1931 - Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
1935 - 61st Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
1940 - 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
1940 - NY World's Fair reopens
1941 - 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
1942 - Japanese troops conquer Kalewa
Author and Nobel Laureate William FaulknerAuthor and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner 1942 - William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
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
1944 - Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
1945 - US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa
1946 - 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
1946 - 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
1946 - United Malays National Organisation is created.
Nazi Politician Hermann GoeringNazi Politician Hermann Goering 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 "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris
1951 - Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
1953 - Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
1953 - Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles domino theory
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston ChurchillSoldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 1955 - Israel attacks Gaza
1956 - Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV
1957 - Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
1958 - Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 241

1568 - Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (Battle of White Mountain)
1571 - Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (d. 1637)
1654 - Cornelis van Alkemade, Dutch historian
1720 - Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
1722 - Peter Camper, Leyden Holland, anatomist/professor (Amsterdam)
1731 - Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer
1733 - Victoire of France, daughter of king Louis XV (d. 1799)
1752 - Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
1763 - János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845)
1772 - Henri-Jean Rigel, composer
1791 - Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorisek, composer
1799 - John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
1801 - Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875)
1807 - Ira Aldridge, Great 19th century black Shakespearian actor (Othello)
1811 - Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese Siamese twins
1811 - Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
1817 - Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
1821 - [Carlos] Charles John Stolbrand, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
1823 - Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter
1824 - Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904)
1827 - Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
1830 - John Converse Starkweather, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
1835 - Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer (d. 1905)
1838 - Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
1840 - Filippo Capocci, composer
1841 - Ernst von Possart, German actor/stage manager/reciter
1852 - Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
1854 - John Blackham, cricketer (Australia's 1st wicketkeeper)
1854 - Ottmar Mergenthaler, Hachtel Germany, inventor (linotype)
1855 - Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
1858 - Carl Hauptmann, writer
1861 - Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)
1869 - Francisco Lacerda, composer
1871 - Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
1875 - Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912)
1878 - Jan Machiel Reyskens, oldest male resident of the Netherlands. Died 1990 aged 111.
1881 - Jan van Gilse, composer/resistance fighter (Frau Helga von Staveren)
1881 - Pascual Rogatis, composer
1881 - Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
1881 - Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
1882 - Joseph Marx, Austrian composer/critic
1885 - Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
Composer and Lyricist Irving BerlinComposer and Lyricist Irving Berlin (1888) 1888 - Irving Berlin, [Isadore Balin], Temum Siberia, composer (White Xmas)
1888 - P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
1888 - Willis A. Lee, World War II U.S. naval admiral (d. 1945)
1890 - Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
1891 - Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
1892 - Margaret Rutherford, England, actress (Murder Most Foul)
1894 - Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
1894 - Florimond Cornellie, Belgium, yachting (Olympic-gold-1920)
1894 - Martha Graham, Allegheny Penn, choreographer (Appalachian Spring)
1895 - Jan Parandowski, writer
1895 - William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer (Afro-American)
1896 - Josip Slavenski, composer
1896 - Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
1897 - Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], S Afr writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
1897 - Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
1899 - Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
1901 - Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)
1902 - Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
1903 - Charlie Gehringer, Detroit Tigers' 2nd baseman (1924-42)
1904 - Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio-announcer
Painter Salvador DaliPainter Salvador Dali (1904) 1904 - Salvador Dali, Figueras Spain, surrealist artist (Crucifixion)
1905 - Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
1906 - Kent Taylor, [Louis Weiss], Iowa, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders)
1907 - Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
1907 - Rip Sewell, American baseball player (d. 1989)
1909 - Herbert Murrill, composer
1910 - Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, composer
1911 - Doodles Weaver, Los Angeles California, comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers)
1911 - Edgar Beck, president (John Mowlem)
1911 - Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier
1911 - Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (d. 2004)
1912 - Foster Brooks, Louisville Ky, comedian/actor (Miles-Mork & Mindy)
1912 - Phil Silvers, Brooklyn New York, American comedian (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show)
1913 - Clare Grundman, composer
1913 - Tutti Camarata, Glen Ridge NJ, orchestra leader (Vic Damone Show)
1913 - Robert Jungk, Austrian publicist (d. 1994)
1914 - Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
1916 - C J Cela, writer
1916 - Camilo Jose Cela, Spain, author (La Colmena-1951)
1917 - Hon Montague Woodhouse, Greek resistance organiser
1918 - Richard P Feynman, physicist (Feynman-diagrams/Nobel prize 1965)
1918 - Robert Hunt, CEO (Dowty Group)
1920 - Beryl Bryden, jazz singer
1920 - Denver Pyle, Bethune Colo, actor (Dukes of Hazzard, Tammy, Doris Day)
1921 - Ian Percival, QC/MP
1921 - Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician
1922 - Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
1922 - Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1923 - Joan Moriarty, Brigadier matron-in-chief/dir (Army Nursing Services)
1923 - Lord Gordon "Gordy" White, English industrialist/multi-millionaire
1923 - Vincent Gordon Lindsay White, tycoon
1924 - Antony Hewish, radio astronomer
1924 - Jackie Milburn, English soccer star (Newcastle United)
1924 - Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
1925 - Rhodes Boyson, MP
1925 - Edward J. King, 66th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 2006)
1925 - William Glasser, Cleveland, OH, psychiatrist (reality therapy, choice theory), (d. 2013)
1926 - Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

1970 - Sammy Davis Jr weds Altovise
1996 - Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley (39) weds retail store designer Bill Keenan (43) at Manhattan City Hall in New York
2001 - Actress Suzanne Pleshette (64) weds actor Tom Poston (79) at Manhattan's City Hall

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 106

1304 - Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler (b. 1271)
1610 - Matteo Ricci, Italian missionary (China), dies
1631 - Christoph Buel, composer, dies at 57
1672 - Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, English royalist (b. 1615)
1708 - Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (b. 1646)
1723 - Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
1742 - Francesco Stradivari, Ital violin maker/son of Antonius, dies at 70
1772 - Joseph Kerckhoff, Limburg surgeon/robber captain, hanged
1777 - George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the ElderBritish Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder (1778) 1778 - William Pitt Sr, English premier (1756-61, 66-68), dies at 69
1779 - John Heart, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence), dies at about 68
1812 - Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)
1819 - Caspar Furstenau, composer, dies at 47
1845 - Karoly Filtsch, composer, dies at 14
1848 - Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
1849 - Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, composer and conductor, dies at 38 of a stroke
1849 - Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French socialite (b. 1777)
1857 - E Francois Vidocq, French criminalogist/police officer, dies at 81
1871 - John Herschel, cataloguer of southern hemisphere stars, dies at 79
1881 - Henri-Frederic Amiel, Swiss/French writer (Journal Intime), dies at 59
1885 - Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
1887 - Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
1891 - A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (b. 1820)
1895 - Feliks Jaronski, composer, dies at 71
1907 - John Albert Delany, composer, dies at 54
1916 - Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (s-effect), dies
1916 - Max Reger, German composer/pianist/organist, dies at 43
1917 - Otto Adolf Klauwell, composer, dies at 66
1920 - William D Howells, US author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
1927 - Henry Martyn Robert, (Robert's Rules of Order), dies at 90
1927 - Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
1929 - Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
1934 - Orest Khvolson, Russian physicist (b. 1852)
1935 - Edward H Thompson, US archaeologist (Mayan civilization), dies at 78
1937 - Viliam Figus, composer, dies at 62
1938 - Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
1939 - Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
1944 - Henk Hos, resistance fighter, executed at 37
1947 - Ture Rangstrom, composer, dies at 62
1949 - Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
1952 - Giovanni Tebaldini, composer, dies at 87
1953 - Jean Adair, dies at 80
1955 - G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
1956 - Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller JrFinancier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (1960) 1960 - John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, dies of pneumonia at 86
1963 - Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
1965 - Ludovicus H "Lode" Baekelmans, Flemish playwright, dies at 86
1965 - Roger Vailland, French author, dies at 57
1970 - Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906)
1973 - Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
1973 - Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
1976 - Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
1976 - Camille Schmit, composer, dies at 68
1976 - J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
1978 - John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
1979 - Joan Chandler, dies at 55
1979 - Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
Reggae Musician Bob MarleyReggae Musician Bob Marley (1981) 1981 - Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36
1981 - Hoyt J Fuller, editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
1982 - Leigh Snowden, actress (Hot Rod Rumble), dies at 51 of cancer
1982 - Piet van Egmond, organist/conductor, dies at 70
1983 - Zenna [Chlarson] Henderson, author (Anything Box), dies at 65
1985 - Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
1985 - Garmt Stuiveling, literatrary (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
1985 - Jorja Curtright, actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack
1985 - Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
1986 - Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
1986 - Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
1988 - H A R (Kim) Philby, British double agent, dies
1991 - Filip J Field, dies at 67
1991 - Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
1992 - Carlos Herrera, drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
1992 - Elizabeth McDonald, inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
1994 - Alfred James Broomhall, methodist Missionary, dies at 82
1994 - Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 68
1994 - Leonard Friedman, violinist, dies at 63
1994 - Lewis B Puller, US writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
1994 - Timothy Carey, dies of stroke at 64
1995 - Arthur Lubin, director (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), dies at 96
1995 - David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
1995 - William John Phillips, actor (Nothing but a Man), dies at 80
1996 - Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
1996 - Joan Thirkettle, journalist, dies at 48
1996 - Malcolm MacEwen, writer, dies at 84
1996 - Nnamdi Azikiwe, Pres of Nigeria (1963-66), dies
1996 - Walter Hyatt, #Musician, dies at 46
1996 - Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
1997 - Brenda Carlin, TV producer/wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
2000 - Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
Author Douglas AdamsAuthor Douglas Adams (2001) 2001 - Douglas Adams, English author (b. 1952)
2002 - Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
2002 - Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
2003 - Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (b. 1945)
2004 - John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
2004 - Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
2005 - Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917)
2006 - Floyd Patterson, American boxer (b. 1935)
2006 - Frankie Thomas, American actor (b. 1921)
2006 - Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
2007 - Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)

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