11 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Baron Munchhausen, 1720
  • Chang and Eng (Siamese Twins), 1811
  • Irving Berlin, 1888
  • Henry Morgenthau, 1891
  • Dame Margaret Rutherford, 1892
  • Martha Graham, 1894
  • Salvador Dalí, 1904
  • Phil Silvers, 1911
  • Doodles Weaver, 1911
  • Richard Feynman, 1918
  • Jack Paar, 1918
  • Denver Pyle, 1920
  • Mort Sahl, 1927
  • Louis Farrakkan, 1933
  • Eric Burdon, 1941
  • Robert Jarvik, 1946
  • Faith Popcorn, 1947
  • Natasha Richardson, 1963

Died On This Day:

  • Jean de La Bruyere, 1696
  • William Pitt the elder, Earl of Chatham, 1778
  • Spencer Perceval assassinated, 1812
  • Sir John Herschel, 1871
  • Max Reger, 1916
  • William Dean Howells, 1920
  • Barbara Hutton, 1979
  • Bob Marley, 1981
  • Chester Gould, 1985
  • Kim Philby, 1988
  • Gene Fowler, Jr., 1998
  • Douglas Adams, 2001
  • Joe Bonanno, 2002
  • Floyd Patterson, 2006

Today's Events:

  • AD 330 - Constantinople founded; Roman emperor Constantine dedicates city as his capital.
  • 1745 - Victory of French over British at Battle of Fontenoy.
  • 1812 - British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval shot and killed in the house of commons by John Bellingham.
  • 1858 - Minnesota becomes 32nd state admitted to Union.
  • 1866 - 'Black Friday' in London causes commercial panic.
  • 1876 - First polo match played in America at Jerome Park, Westchester, NY.
  • 1900 - James Jeffries knocks out James J. Corbett in 23rd round; retains world heavyweight championship.
  • 1920 - Oxford University begins admitting women.
  • 1946 - First CARE packages delivered in Europe (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere).
  • 1947 - B.F. Goodrich Co. announces the development of the tubeless tire.
  • 1949 - Siam changes name to Thailand.
  • 1950 - Kefauver Committee into Interstate dealings of Mafia convenes; 600 witnesses to be heard in first year.
  • 1960 - Israeli Secret Service agents kidnap Nazi killer Adolf Eichmann from Argentina.
  • 1978 - Margaret Ann Brewer sworn in as first woman Brigadier General in the U.S. Marines.
  • 1979 - First computer 'killer app' unveiled by Dan Bricklin and Bob Franston - VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet.
  • 1981 - First recorded Usenet posting by Mark from Arpavax who inquires about changing 'the .ng file'
  • 1993 - Cézanne's 'Still Life With Apples' sells for record $28.6 million at Sotheby's auction in New York.
  • 1996 - Valuejet airplane crash kills 109 in Florida Everglades including first female captain, Candalyn Kubeck.
  • 1997 - Deeper Blue becomes first chess computer to beat world champ; Kasparov accuses IBM of cheating.
  • 2015 - A half hour after Picasso record sale, Giacometti's L'homme au Doight sells for $141.3 million, world record price for a sculpture at auction.
  • 2015 - Picasso's 1955 painting "Les Femmes d'Alger - Version 'O'" sells at Christie's for record $179.4 million, highest ever price for a painting.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Asaph, Comgall, Francis de Girolamo, Illuminatus,
  • James the Less and Philip, Mayeul

Holiday:

  • Parsi Fire Ceremony

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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