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This Day in History - August 11

August 11

311 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, as used by the Mayans, officially begins

991 – The Saxons are defeated at Maldon by the Danes

1492 – Rodrigo Borgia is elected as Pope Alexander VI

1718 – Sir Frederick Haldimand, of the American Revolution, is born. He would help bring United Empire Loyalists and Six Nations of Iroquois to safety following the American War for Independence

1792 – Revolutionary Commune formed in Paris, France

1806 – Meriwether Lewis is shot in the leg in the Old West

1856 – A band of settlers kills four Yokut Indians in California due to unproven rumors in the Old West

1856 – An unnamed hurricane kills over 400 people in Louisiana and totally submerges a resort community, Isle Derniere, (eerily meaning Last Island) located near Terrebonne Parish

1861 – Physician who first described sickle-cell anemia, James Bryan Herrick is born

1862 – Singer and songwriter, Carrie James Bond, is born

1864 – Confederate General Early abandons Winchester, Virginia during the Civil War

1890 – English Cardinal, John Henry Newman, dies

1892 – Poet and founder of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Hugh MacDiarmid, is born

1897 – English author, Enid Blyton, is born

1904 – German General Lothar von Trotha defeats the Hereros tribe in South Africa

1906 – Eugene Lauste patents the talking film

1908 – Indian activist, Khudiram Bose, dies

1909 – The SS Arapahoe becomes the first American ship to use the S.O.S. distress signal when it lost its crew near the Diamond Shoals, aka as “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”

1912 – Due to internal dissent, Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicates his throne

1916 – Russian Army takes Stanislau, Poland from Germany in World War I

1919 – Founder of Carnegie Steel, Andrew Carnegie, dies

1921 – Genealogist and author, Alex Haley, is born

1929 – Babe Ruth hits his 500th major league home run

1933 – Founder of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, is born

1934 – A group of prisoners considered to be the “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island

1941 – Soviet bombers raid Berlin during World War II

1942 – One of the world’s first aircraft carriers, the British HMS Eagle, is attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-73 during World War II

1943 – Germany begins to evacuate Sicily in World War II

1943 – 10th President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, is born

1943 – Record producer and songwriter, Kenny Gamble, is born

1944 – Allied troops close in on Florence, Italy, forcing the German troops to abandon it in World War II

1950 – Co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve Wozniak, is born

1950 – Inventor of AN-94 military rifle, Gennady Nikonov, is born

1952 – Prince Hussein is proclaimed the King of Jordan

1953 – Wrestler and actor, Hulk Hogan, is born

1954 – After seven years of fighting in Indochina between the Viet Minh and France, it was formally ended with the cessation of French control

1956 – Jackson Pollock, abstract artist famous for his drip painting, dies

1960 – Chad gained independence from France

1965 – The California Highway Patrol and two black youths clash leading to six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los Angeles

1967 – US pilots are authorized to bomb Hanoi-Haiphong area which had previously been on the restricted list to keep from upsetting China during the Vietnam War

1972 – The last US ground forces withdraw from Vietnam

1973 – “American Graffiti” is released

1973 – Hip Hop is born at a birthday party in an apartment building in the west Bronx, New York

1975 – US vetoes admission of North and South Vietnam to UN

1978 – Funeral is held for Pope Paul VI

1978 – Boxer, Jermain Taylor, is born

1980 – Carol Bundy confesses her connection to the “Sunset Slayer.” Bundy, a nurse, helped Douglas Clark carry out a series of gruesome murders and sexual atrocities against children and young women in Hollywood, California

1984 – Carl Lewis ties the record held by Jesse Owens (1936) by winning four Olympic gold medals

1984 – American publisher Alfred Knopf, Sr., dies

1984 – Reagan makes highly controversial joke about “outlawing” and “bombing” the Soviet Union during the Cold War while testing a microphone before a speech

1989 – Voyager 2 discovers two partial rings around the planet Neptune

1990 – In an international effort to prevent Iraq from invading Saudi Arabia, troops from both Egypt and Morocco arrive

1994 – Major league baseball players strike over salary cap, leading to the 1994 World Series being canceled

1998 – Andrew Golden, 12, and Mitchell Johnson, 14, are found guilty for killing five and wounding 10 in the Jonesboro, Arkansas schoolyard shooting

1999 – One person is killed by a tornado in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah

2003 – Over 140 die from a heat wave with temperatures rising to 112 degrees F in Europe

2003 – In its first major operation outside Europe, NATO takes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan

2003 – President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, leaves for Nigeria, relinquishing his office for Moses Blah

2014 – Beloved Oscar-winning actor, Robin Williams, dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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