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June 11 Historical Events

The following events took place on June 11. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 59 events. Showing 31 - 59.

  • 1936
    The London International Surrealist Exhibition opens.
  • 1937
    Great Purge: The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin executes eight army leaders.
  • 1938
    Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Wuhan starts.
  • 1942
    World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
  • 1942
    Free French Forces retreat from Bir Hakeim after having successfully delayed the Axis advance.
  • 1944
    USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.
  • 1955
    Eighty-three spectators are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.
  • 1956
    Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
  • 1962
    Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 1963
    American Civil Rights Movement: Governor of Alabama George Wallace defiantly stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
  • 1963
    Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
  • 1963
    John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would revolutionize American society. Proposing equal access to public facilities, end segregation in education and guarantee federal protection for voting rights.
  • 1964
    World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
  • 1968
    Lloyd J. Old identified the first cell surface antigens distinguishing cells of different lineages, introducing the concept of cell surface antigens that could differentiate different cell types.
  • 1970
    After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.
  • 1971
    The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.
  • 1972
    The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126.
  • 1978
    Altaf Hussain founds the students’ political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in Karachi University.
  • 1981
    A Richter scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
  • 1982
    The Sentosa Musical Fountain was officially opened as part of the second phase of construction on the island of Sentosa, Singapore.
  • 1987
    Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng and Bernie Grant are elected as the first black Parliamentarians in Great Britain.
  • 1998
    Compaq Computer pays US$9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • 2001
    Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2002
    Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
  • 2004
    Cassini–Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe.
  • 2007
    Mudslides in Chittagong, Bangladesh, kill 130 people.
  • 2008
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a historic official apology to Canada’s First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children are isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
  • 2012
    More than 80 people die in a landslide triggered by two earthquakes in Afghanistan; an entire village is buried.
  • 2013
    Shenzhou 10, China’s fifth manned spaceflight mission and the second and final one to the Tiangong-1 space laboratory, is launched with 3 taikonauts on a 15-day mission.

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