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Events and People Who Made History on May 11

4th Century

330 - Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire

12th Century

1189 - Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg

14th Century

1330 - Constantinople (Istanbul) becomes new capital by Roman Emperor Constantine for Eastern Roman Empire

15th Century

1421 - Jews are expelled from Styria Austria

16th Century

1502 - Columbus begins 4th and last trip to "Indies"
1548 - Great fire in Brielle

17th Century

1625 - Boers besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper-Austria
1674 - Netherlands and Cologne sign peace treaty
1678 - French Admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curaeao
1689 - Battle of Bantry Bay, French and English naval battle
1690 - English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal Nova Scotia

18th Century

1745 - Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
1749 - British parliament accept Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization
1751 - 1st U.S. hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital)
1752 - 1st U.S. fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1772 - Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
1784 - England and Tippu Sahib van Mysore sign peace treaty
1792 - Columbia River discovered and named by U.S. Captain Robert Gray

19th Century

1812 - Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers consider it disgusting and immoral. No wonder it caught on!
1816 - American Bible Society forms in New York
1818 - Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0
1833 - "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg and sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215
1850 - Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
1858 - Minnesota admitted as 32nd U.S. state
1862 - Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Yellow Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)
1864 - General J E B Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern
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
1888 - 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
1892 - 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41
1893 - Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
1894 - American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
1897 - Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers

20th Century

1900 - James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavywgt boxing title
1904 - Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
1907 - Bank of San Francisco incorporated
1910 - Montana's Glacier National Park forms
1912 - 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
1916 - Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
1917 - Britain grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
1918 - 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
1919 - Yankees' Jack Quinn and Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie
1921 - Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
1923 - 10 home runs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St. Louis Cardinals
1924 - Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election
1924 - Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)
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 and 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
1928 - General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, New York)
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 - New York World's Fair reopens
1941 - 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
1942 - Japanese troops conquer Kalewa
1943 - Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders
1943 - U.S. 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st U.S. territory recaptured)
1944 - Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer
1944 - Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
1945 - U.S. 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
1947 - BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire in Akron, Ohio
1947 - Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
1948 - Haganah takes control of Safed and port of Haifa
1948 - Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
1949 - 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 in New York City
1949 - By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of U.N.
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 and causes $39M damage
1953 - Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles domino theory
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
1958 - U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1958 - U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1959 - Elvis Presley's 1st entry on U.K. charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
1959 - "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes and Connie Stevens hits #4
1959 - Rodgers and Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress," premieres in New York City
1959 - Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends
1960 - French liner "France" launched
1960 - Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
1962 - Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
1962 - U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 - U.S. sends troops to Thailand
1963 - Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats New York Giants, 8-0
1963 - "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul and Mary hits #2
1963 - Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
1965 - 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
1965 - Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
1965 - Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
1965 - "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 87 performances
1965 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 - West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1966 - Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I
1967 - 100,000,000th U.S. phone connected
1967 - Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark apply for Common Market membership
1967 - "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City for 14 performances
1968 - Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"
1968 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St. Louis Blues in 4 games
1968 - Students and police battle in Paris, 100s injured
1969 - Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1969 - Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1970 - Sammy Davis, Jr. weds Altovise
1971 - Cleveland's Steve Dunning becomes last AL pitcher to hit grand slam
1972 - Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash
1972 - John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
1972 - Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
1972 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 - Dutch government of Uyl forms
1974 - "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Frank Sinatra hits #83
1974 - Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
1974 - "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
1975 - Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 - Flyers 1-Isles 2-Semifinals-Series tied at 3 games
1975 - Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
1976 - Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
1976 - Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
1977 - Hamburger SV wins 17th soccer Europe Cup II
1977 - Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
1978 - Margaret A. Brewer is 1st female general in the U.S. Marine Corps
1980 - Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1980 - Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, and home in one inning for Phillies
1981 - Andrew Lloyd Webber/T.S. Eliot's musical "Cats", premieres in London
1981 - Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" hits #1, stay there 9 weeks
1982 - Canucks 4-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1983 - Aberdeen wins 23rd Europe Cup II
1983 - Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
1983 - "Dance a Little Closer" opens and closes at Minskoff Theater New York City
1984 - Johan Cruijff quits soccer
1984 - Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
1984 - Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
1985 - 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground
1985 - Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
1985 - Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Cesar Cedeno
1985 - Madonna's "Crazy For You," single goes #1
1985 - Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands
1985 - Soccer stadium in Bradford England catches fire; 53 die
1986 - Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1987 - 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)
1987 - Corazon Aquino is elected president in the Philippines
1988 - France performs nuclear test
1988 - KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II
1988 - Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)
1989 - 217th and final episode of "Dynasty" is aired
1989 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1989 - Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
1989 - President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
1990 - New York Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
1993 - 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1993 - Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
1994 - 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
1994 - "Grease," opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater New York City for 1,503 performances
1994 - Inter Milan wins 23rd UEFA Cup
1994 - "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," released in France
1996 - Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
1996 - Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
1997 - New York Mets C. Everett and Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1997 - Paine Webber Senior Golf Invitational
1997 - "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City after 61 performances
1997 - Sara Lee LPGA Classic
1997 - Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
1997 - Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
1998 - India resumes underground nuclear tests after more than a 20 year gap


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