Today in History: June 11

Today in History: June 11

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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.