This Day In History – May 11th

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Each day of the week we look in the rear view mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 11th in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

1812 – Britain’s Prime Minster Spencer Perceval was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons
1816 – The American Bible Society was formed in New York City

1833 – 265 passengers and crew members died when The Lady of the Lake hit an iceberg and sunk off Newfoundland
1846 – President James K. Polk asked for a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War
1858 – Minnesota became the 32nd state
1910 – Congress created Glacier National Park in Montana

1934 – A two-day dust storm was just the beginning of the “Dust Bowl” era in the Great Plains states of the U.S.

1947 – B.F. Goodrich Company announced the creation of the tubeless tire

1949 – What was once known as Siam became Thailand

1957 – The Everly Brothers made their debut on “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville

1960 – Adolf Eichmann was captured by the Mossad in Argentina
1963 – Federal troops are called in to quell tensions from racists bombing in Birmingham AL.
1965 – The Byrds made their TV debut on NBC’s “Hullabaloo” performing “Mr. Tambourine Man”
1970 – The 1970 Lubbock tornado kills 26 and causes $250 million in damage
1970 – Cotillion Records released a triple album titled “Woodstock” which captured the live performances from the event a year earlier
1973 – Daniel Ellsberg’s charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times are dismissed
1985 – “Crazy For You” by Madonna hit #1 on Billboard’s charts
1987 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II

1990 – With more attention drawn to his talents after the movie “La Bamba”, Ritchie Valens was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes

1995 – Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. The five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash outside East Troy, Wisconsin on August 27, 1990

1996 – A ValuJet flight from Miami to Atlanta crashed into the Everglades shortly after take-off killing all 110 people on board
1997 – Garry Kasparov lost the last game of his rematch to Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer

1998 – The first “Euro” is printed by a French mint

2000 – India’s declared their population was officially 1 billion people

2010 – David Cameron became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


1888 – Composer Irving Berlin, passed in 1971

1911 – Phil Silvers, American actor and comedian, passed in 1985

1912 – The man who played the drunk on all the Dean Martin comedy roasts, Foster Brooks, passed in 2001

1933 – Born Louis Eugene Walcott, Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam leader

1935 – Actor Doug McClure, passed in 1995

1941 – Eric Burdon, singer with The Animals, War and more

1946 – Dr. Robert Jarvik, the inventor of the first permanent artificial heart known as the Jarvik-7

1955 – Country band Alabama’s Mark Herndon

1955 – Visual group Art Of Noise’s J.J. Jeczalik

1959 – One of MTV’s original VJ’s, Martha Quinn

1968 – “Burn Notice” actor Jeffrey Donovan

1976 – Kardinal Offishall, recording artist, producer
1989 – Cam Newton, NFL quarterback