Today in History - June 11

1184 BC - Trojan War - Troy is sacked and burned

1231 - Harderwijk (Netherlands) becomes a city

1429 - Hundred Years' War - The start of the Battle of Jargeau

1488 - Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland

1578 - England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize North America

1676 - Battle at Oland - Danish & Dutch fleet under CM Tromp beats Sweden

1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents the Franklin stove

1770 - Captain James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia

1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska

1793 - 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1816 - Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded

1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City

1838 - Iowa Territory is organized

1859 - Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada

1864 - Battle of Trevilian Station, VA

1870 - 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam

1891 - Puerto Rican flag adopted

1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's 1st film studios. is officially established in Melbourne, Australia

1895 - Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile



1901 - Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand

1905 - Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)

1911 - The Greek national assembly adopts a more liberal constitution

1924 - Bnei Brak Palestine founded

1927 - Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross

1935 - Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey

1939 - King & Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party

1940 - World War II - British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy

1942 - US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II

1955 - 1st magnesium jet airplane flies

1955 - Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators and race continues without any stop

1959 - Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

1971 - US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan

1971 - US ends ban on China trade

1975 - Greece adopts constitution

1985 - Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus

1987 - Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

2002 - Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United State Congress

2002 - "American Idol" premieres on Fox

2004 - Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral


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