Today in History - May 11

330 – Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire

1310 – 54 members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics

1421 – Jews are expelled from Styria Austria

1548 – Start of great fire in Brielle

1573 – Henry of Anjou becomes the 1st elected king of Poland

1689 – Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle

1745 – Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war

1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin

1752 – 1st US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia

1784 – Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty

1792 – Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray

1812 – Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral

1816 – American Bible Society forms (NY)

1820 – Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage

1833 – “Lady-of-the-Lake” strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215

1850 – Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco

1857 – Indian mutineers seize Delhi

1858 – Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state

1893 – Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)

1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated

1910 – Montana’s Glacier National Park forms

1911 – The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty

1917 – King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

1921 – Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality

1924 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Diamler and Karl Benz, merging the two companies



1934 – Dust storm sweeps from Great Plains across Eastern states

1942 – Japanese troops conquer Kalewa

1945 – US Marines conquer Awatsha Draw, Okinawa

1947 – B.F. Goodrich Co. announces development of tubeless tire

1949 – By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN

1949 – Siam renames itself Thailand

1955 – Israel attacks Gaza

1957 – Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia

1960 – 1st contraceptive pill is made available for sale

1965 – Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000

1984 – transit of Earth as seen on Mars

1987 – 1st heart-lung transplant take place in Baltimore

1989 – Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds

1989 – US President George H.W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama

1996 – Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 died

1997 – Deep Bule (Chess-playing computer developed by IBM) defeats grandmaster Garry Kasparov

1998 – India conducts 3 underground nuclear test in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device

2010 – David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2012 – Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation

2013 – Bayern Munich set a new Bundesliga points record of 91

2015 – India’s population officially reaches 1 billion – Astha Arora named India’s billionth baby

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