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Today in History: June 11

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Today in History

June 11

1346 Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.
1509 Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
1770 Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
1798 Napoleon Bonaparte takes the island of Malta.
1861 Union forces under General George B. McClellan repulse a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in western Virginia.
1865 Major General Henry W. Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.
1895 Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
1903 King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade are assassinated by members of the Serbia army.
1915 British troops take Cameroon in Africa.
1927 Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, receives the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded, for his solo trans-Atlantic flight.
1930 William Beebe, of the New York Zoological Society, dives to a record-setting depth of 1,426 feet off the coast of Bermuda, in a diving chamber called a bathysphere.
1934 The Disarmament Conference in Geneva ends in failure.
1940 The Italian Air Force bombs the British fortress at Malta in the Mediterranean.
1943 The Italian island of Pantelleria surrenders after a heavy air bombardment.
1944 U.S. carrier-based planes attack Japanese airfields on Guam , Rota, Saipan and Tinian islands, preparing for the invasion of Saipan.
1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1967 Israel and Syria accept a U. N. cease-fire.
1987 Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as Prime Minister.
Born on June 11
1572 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet.
1769 Anne Newport Royall, American newspaper reporter.
1823 James L. Kemper, Confederate general during the American Civil War.
1880 Jeannette Rankin, U.S. Representative from Montana, the first woman in Congress.
1888 Bartolomeo Vanzetti, anarchist, executed with Nicola Sacco.
1895 Nikolai A. Bulganin, premier of the Soviet Union from 1955 to 1958.
1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French oceanic explorer, filmmaker, author and inventor of the aqualung.
1913 Vince Lombardi, American football coach.
1925 William Styron, American novelist (The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice).
1932 Athol Fugard, South African playwright, director and actor (The Blood Knot, “Master Harold” . . . and the Boys).