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May 11 Historical Events

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

Found 50 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 330
    Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
  • 868
    A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.
  • 912
    Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1310
    In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics.
  • 1647
    Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.
  • 1672
    Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
  • 1745
    War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy: French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch–Hanoverian army.
  • 1792
    Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.
  • 1812
    Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
  • 1813
    In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth lead an expedition to cross the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1820
    HMS Beagle, the ship that will take Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage, is launched.
  • 1833
    The Aberdeen-built brig Lady of the Lake struck an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland with the loss of up to 265 passengers and crew.
  • 1846
    President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War
  • 1857
    Indian Rebellion of 1857: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
  • 1858
    Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The ironclad CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1867
    Luxembourg gains its independence.
  • 1880
    Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California.
  • 1889
    An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.
  • 1891
    The Ōtsu incident: Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Imperial Russia (later Nicholas II) suffers a critical head injury during a sword attack by Japanese policeman Tsuda Sanzō. He is rescued by Prince George of Greece and Denmark.
  • 1894
    Pullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois.
  • 1907
    Thirty-two Shriners are killed when their chartered train derails at a switch near Surf Depot in Lompoc, California.
  • 1910
    An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.
  • 1918
    The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established.
  • 1927
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
  • 1942
    William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
  • 1943
    World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Allies begin a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line.
  • 1945
    World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of its crew. Although badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under its own power.
  • 1946
    UMNO is created.

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