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This Day In History: June 11

This Day in History

1488: King James III of Scotland is murdered; he is succeeded by his son, James IV.
1770: Captain James Cook discovers the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
1864: During the Civil War, the Confederate raider Alabama, responsible for capturing or sinking many Union ships, is sunk near Cherbourg, France by the U.S. warship Kearsarge.
1942: The United States and the USSR sign a lend-lease agreement to aid the Soviets in World War II.
1963: Confronted by federally deployed National Guard troops, Alabama Gov. George Wallace steps aside and allows the University of Alabama to be desegregated.
1994: Russian troops depart from Berlin, Germany, where they have been for 49 years.
1996: Robert Dole (R, KS) resigns his Senate seat to focus on his ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign.
2001: Timothy McVeigh, who had been convicted of building and delivering the bomb that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995, is executed at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN.
2003: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills himself and 17 Israeli civilians on a Jerusalem bus.
2004: A state funeral is held in Washington, DC, for Ronald Reagan, the first since Lyndon Johnson’s in 1973.

Today's Birthdays

1572: Ben Jonson, playwright/poet (London, England; died 1637)
1776: John Constable, landscape painter (East Bergholt, Suffolk, England; died 1837)
1864: Richard Strauss, composer/musician/conductor (Munich, Germany; died 1949)
1880: Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to Congress and reformer/pacifist (Missoula, MT; died 1973)
1910: Jacques Cousteau, undersea explorer, writer/filmmaker, and inventor of the Aqualung (St. Andre-de-Cubzac, France; died 1997)
1913: Rise Stevens, singer (Bronx, NY)
1913: Vince Lombardi, football coach (New York, NY; died 1970)
1919: Richard Todd, actor (Dublin, Ireland)
1920: Irving Howe, literary/social critic (New York, NY; died 1993)
1925: William Styron, novelist (Newport News, VA)
1935: Gene Wilder, actor/director (Milwaukee, WI)
1936: Chad Everett, actor (South Bend, IN)
1939: Jackie Stewart, auto racer (Dunbartonshire, Scotland)
1945: Adrienne Barbeau, actress (Sacramento, CA)
1956: Joe Montana, football quarterback (Monongahela, PA)
1969: Peter Dinklage, actor (Mendham, NJ)
1978: Joshua Jackson, actor (Vancouver, Brit Columbia)
1986: Shia LaBeouf, actor (Los Angeles, CA)

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