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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 11…

May 10, 2012

Friday!  May 11, 2012.  Here’s what we’ve got…

1502 – Christopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.

1792 – Captain Robert Gray becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.

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Denver Pyle

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

1846 – President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War

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.

1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California

1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana.

1924 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.

1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.

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.

1953 – The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: an F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114.

1970 – The Lubbock Tornado, a F5 tornado, hits Lubbock, Texas, killing 26 and causing $250 million in damage.

1973 – Citing government misconductDaniel Ellsberg has charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.

1987 – Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.

1987 – In Baltimore, Maryland, the first heartlung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

1995 – In New York City more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

1996 – After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in theFlorida Everglades killing all 110 on board.

1996 – The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.


1904 – Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989)

1920 – Denver Pyle, American actor (d. 1997)

1957 – Peter North, Canadian pornographic actor


1960 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American philanthropist (b. 1874)

1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945)




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