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Today in History - June 11 (1 Viewer)

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June 11
1509 - England's King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

1770 - Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia by running into it.

1776 - The Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

1962 - Three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again.

1963 - Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully enrolled at the University of Alabama following Gov. George Wallace's famous "stand in the schoolhouse door."

1985 - Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, at age 31.

1987 - Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservative Party held onto a reduced majority in Parliament.

1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people who commit hate crimes motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment.

2001 - Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

2009 - With swine flu reported in more than 70 nations, the World Health Organization declared the first global flu pandemic in 41 years.

2018 - The Supreme Court ruled that states can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls.

2020 - Louisville, Kentucky, banned the use of “no-knock” warrants and named the new ordinance for Breonna Taylor, who’d been fatally shot by officers who burst into her home.

Birthdays
21 - Breanna Yde (actress)
23 - Caden Conrique (actor)
25 - Saxon Sharbino (actress)
25 - Katelyn Nacon (actress)
27 - Sadie Robertson (reality star)
32 - Anna Sawai (actress)
36 - Claire Holt (actress)
38 - Shia LaBeouf (actor)
42 - Diana Taurasi (basketball player)
46 - Joshua Jackson (actor)
50 - Lenny Jacobson (actor)
55 - Peter Dinklage (actor)
57 - Clare Carey (actress)
65 - Hugh Laurie (actor)
68 - Joe Montana (football player)
71 - Peter Bergman (actor)
72 - Donnie Van Zant (singer)
75 - Frank Beard (musician)
79 - Adrienne Barbeau (actress)
84 - Joey Dee (singer)
85 - Jackie Stewart (race car driver)

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Today in Sports History - June 11

1919 - Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes and became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.

1938 - Johnny Vander Meer pitched the first of two consecutive no-hitters as he led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bees. (Four days later, Vander Meer refused to give up a hit to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost, 6-0.)

1955 - In motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators.

1972 - Hank Aaron tied the National League record for 14 grand-slam home runs in a career.

1974 - The Kansas City Scouts and Washington Capitals received NHL franchises. (The Scouts moved to Denver before the 1976-77 season to become the Colorado Rockies and later the New Jersey Devils.)

1977 - Seattle Slew won horse racing's Triple Crown.

1990 - Nolan Ryan became the oldest player to throw a no-hitter. It was the sixth of his career.

1992 - Tracy Austin, at age 29, is the youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

1995 - Mark McGwire tied a major league record when he hit home runs in five consecutive games.

2010 - The FIFA World Cup opened in South Africa. It was the first time it was held in Africa.

2012 - Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title when he defeated Novak Djokovic.

2012 - The Los Angeles Kings defeat the New Jersey Devils to win their first Stanley Cup.

2017 - The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Nashville Predators to win the Stanley Cup.

2022 - Charl Schwartzel wins the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at pockets $4.75 million with the victory.

2023 - Novak Djokovic wins the French Open and his record 23rd men's Grand Slam singles title.
 

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1955 - In motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators.
DANG.

Imagine if something like that happened today. The response would be outrage for sure and they'd probably ban spectators
 

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