What happened on June 11? There are more than 243 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 11

June 11 In HistoryJune 11 is the 163rd day of the year 2020. There are 203 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 24th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Graytown, Ohio 43432 sunrise occured at 05:58 AM and sunset occured at 09:07 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 246 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For June 11

  • 1184 BC
    Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
  • 173
    Marcomannic Wars: The Roman army in Moravia is encircled by the Quadi, who have broken the peace treaty (171). In a violent thunderstorm emperor Marcus Aurelius defeats and subdues them in the so-called “miracle of the rain”.
  • 631
    Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.
  • 1345
    The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.
  • 1429
    Hundred Years’ War: start of the Battle of Jargeau.
  • 1509
    Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
  • 1594
    Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the stabilization of the rule of the Principalía (an elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
  • 1770
    Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 1775
    The American Revolutionary War’s first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.
  • 1776
    The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence.
  • 1788
    Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
  • 1805
    A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory.
  • 1825
    The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
  • 1837
    The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and Irish.
  • 1892
    The Limelight Department, one of the world’s first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: U.S. war ships set sail for Cuba.
  • 1898
    The Hundred Days’ Reform is started by Guangxu Emperor with a plan to change social, political and educational institutions in China, but is suspended by Empress Dowager Cixi after 104 days. The failed reform though led to the abolition of Imperial Examination in 1905.
  • 1901
    New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands.
  • 1903
    Group of Serbian officers stormed royal palace and assassinated King Alexander Obrenović and his wife queen Draga.
  • 1907
    George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket.
  • 1917
    King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicates under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
  • 1919
    Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown.
  • 1920
    During the U.S. Republican National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Republican Party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the U.S. presidential election, leading the Associated Press to first coin the political phrase “smoke-filled room”.
  • 1935
    Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.
  • 1936
    The International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
  • 1937
    Great Purge: The Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin executes eight army leaders.
  • 1938
    Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Wuhan starts.
  • 1938
    Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese Nationalist government creates the 1938 Yellow River flood to halt Japanese forces. 500,000 to 900,000 civilians are killed.
  • 1942
    World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
  • 1944
    USS Missouri the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.
  • 1955
    Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest ever accident in motorsports.
  • 1956
    Start of Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that target minority Sri Lankan Tamils in the Eastern Province. The total number of deaths is reportedly 150.
  • 1962
    Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 1963
    American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
  • 1963
    Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
  • 1964
    World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
  • 1970
    After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.
  • 1972
    The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126.
  • 1978
    Altaf Hussain founds the students’ political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in Karachi University.
  • 1981
    A Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude earthquake at Golbaf, Iran, kills at least 2,000.
  • 1998
    Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.
  • 2001
    Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • 2002
    Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
  • 2004
    Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe.
  • 2008
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an historic official apology to Canada’s First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children are isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.

Who Were Born On June 11?

  • 1403
    John IV, Duke of Brabant (d. 1427)
  • 1456
    Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)
  • 1540
    Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)
  • 1588
    George Wither, English writer (d. 1667)
  • 1672
    Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)
  • 1696
    Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)
  • 1704
    Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742)
  • 1713
    Edward Capell, English critic (d. 1781)
  • 1723
    Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (d. 1788)
  • 1726
    Infanta Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, Spanish-born Dauphine of France (d. 1746)
  • 1741
    Joseph Warren, American doctor and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1776
    John Constable, English painter (d. 1837)
  • 1797
    José Trinidad Reyes, Honduran national hero (d. 1855)
  • 1815
    Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer (d. 1879)
  • 1832
    Lucy Pickens, American and Confederate socialite (d. 1899)
  • 1842
    Carl von Linde, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1934)
  • 1846
    William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)
  • 1847
    Millicent Fawcett, British suffragist and feminist (d. 1929)
  • 1864
    Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)
  • 1867
    Charles Fabry, French physicist (d. 1945)
  • 1871
    Stjepan Radić, Croatian politician (d. 1928)
  • 1876
    Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
  • 1877
    Renée Vivien, English-born French poet (d. 1909)
  • 1879
    Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player (d. 1944)
  • 1880
    Jeannette Rankin, American politician, feminist and pacifist (d. 1973)
  • 1888
    Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1927)
  • 1894
    Dai Vernon, Canadian magician (d. 1992)
  • 1895
    Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet politician (d. 1975)
  • 1897
    Grand Duchess Tatiana of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1897
    Ram Prasad Bismil, Indian Revolutionary, Founder of Hindustan Republican Association (d. 1927)
  • 1903
    Ernie Nevers, American football player (d. 1976)
  • 1910
    Carmine Coppola, American composer, director and songwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1910
    Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French marine biologist and inventor (d. 1997)
  • 1912
    James Algar, American film director (d. 1998)
  • 1913
    Coby Whitmore, American painter and magazine illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1913
    Risë Stevens, American operatic soprano
  • 1913
    Vince Lombardi, American football coach (d. 1970)
  • 1914
    Gerald Mohr, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1915
    Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1917
    Joseph B. Wirthlin, American religious leader (d. 2008)
  • 1919
    Helen Tobias-Duesberg, Estonian-born American composer
  • 1919
    Richard Todd, British actor (d. 2009)
  • 1920
    Hazel Scott, Trinidad and Tobago-born American singer (d. 1981)
  • 1920
    Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (d. 1993)
  • 1920
    Shelly Manne, American jazz drummer (d. 1984)
  • 1922
    John Bromfield, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1922
    Michael Cacoyannis, Cypriot film maker
  • 1925
    William Styron, American novelist and essayist (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Carlisle Floyd, American composer
  • 1928
    Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, Spanish-born Queen consort of the Belgians
  • 1930
    Charles B. Rangel, American politician
  • 1931
    Audrey Schuh, American soprano
  • 1932
    Athol Fugard, South African playwright
  • 1933
    Gene Wilder, American actor
  • 1934
    Henrik, French-born Prince Consort of Denmark
  • 1936
    Chad Everett, American actor
  • 1936
    Jud Strunk, American singer, songwriter and comedian (d. 1981)
  • 1937
    Johnny Brown, American comedian
  • 1937
    Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1939
    Bernard Purdie, American session drummer
  • 1939
    Christina Crawford, American actress and writer
  • 1939
    Sir Jackie Stewart, Scottish race car driver
  • 1940
    Joey Dee, American musician (Joey Dee and the Starliters)
  • 1944
    Roscoe Orman, American actor
  • 1945
    Adrienne Barbeau, American actress
  • 1947
    Bob Evans, British racing driver
  • 1947
    Henry Cisneros, American politician
  • 1947
    Laloo Prasad Yadav, Indian politician
  • 1947
    Richard Palmer-James, British lyricist and guitarist (King Crimson, Supertramp)
  • 1948
    Dave Cash, American baseball player
  • 1948
    Michael Swan, American actor
  • 1948
    Stephen Schnetzer, American actor
  • 1949
    Frank Beard, American drummer (ZZ Top)
  • 1949
    Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)
  • 1950
    Graham Russell, British guitarist and vocalist (Air Supply)
  • 1950
    Lynsey de Paul, British singer and songwriter
  • 1951
    Mark D. Siljander, American politician
  • 1951
    Yasumasa Morimura, Japanese appropriation artist
  • 1952
    Donnie Van Zant, American rock vocalist and guitarist (38 Special, Van Zant)
  • 1953
    Georgios Orfanos, Greek politician
  • 1953
    José Bové, French political activist
  • 1953
    Peter Bergman, American actor
  • 1955
    Duncan Steel, British astronomer and author
  • 1955
    Yuriy Sedykh, Ukrainian hammer thrower
  • 1956
    Joe Montana. American football player
  • 1956
    Steven A. Cohen, American hedge fund manager
  • 1957
    Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American free jazz bassist
  • 1959
    Hugh Laurie, English actor and comedian
  • 1959
    Magnum T.A., American professional wrestler
  • 1960
    Mehmet Oz, American television host, surgeon, inventor
  • 1961
    María Barranco, Spanish actress
  • 1962
    Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist
  • 1963
    Bruce Kimball, American diver
  • 1963
    Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (d. 2000)
  • 1964
    Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver
  • 1965
    Manuel Uribe, Mexican one-time world’s heaviest man
  • 1967
    Clare Carey, American actress
  • 1967
    João Garcia, Portuguese mountaineer
  • 1968
    Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
  • 1969
    Bryan Fogarty, Canadian professional ice hockey player (d. 2002)
  • 1969
    Matt McGrath, American actor
  • 1969
    Olaf Kapagiannidis, German footballer
  • 1969
    Peter Dinklage, American actor
  • 1969
    Steven Drozd, American drummer and guitarist (The Flaming Lips)
  • 1970
    Chris Rice, American singer and songwriter
  • 1970
    Kang Ho Dong, Korean traditional wrestler and MC
  • 1973
    Dana Brunetti, American film producer
  • 1973
    José Manuel Abundis, Mexican footballer
  • 1974
    David Starie, British boxer
  • 1974
    Fragiskos Alvertis, Greek basketball player
  • 1975
    Choi Ji Woo, South Korean actress and model
  • 1975
    Thomas Bimis, Greek diver
  • 1976
    Gran Naniwa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1977
    Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer
  • 1977
    Ryan Dunn, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1977
    Shane Meier, Canadian actor
  • 1978
    Joshua Jackson, Canadian actor
  • 1978
    Ujjwala Raut, Indian supermodel
  • 1979
    Amy Taylor, Australian television presenter and model
  • 1980
    Yhency Brazobán, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981
    Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer
  • 1982
    Diana Taurasi, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1982
    Joey Graham, American basketball player
  • 1982
    Johnny Candido, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Stephen Graham, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Chuck Hayes, American basketball player
  • 1983
    José Reyes, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983
    Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer (Marianas Trench)
  • 1984
    Andy Lee, Irish boxer
  • 1984
    Vágner Love, Brazilian footballer
  • 1985
    Chris Trousdale, American pop singer and dancer
  • 1986
    Chase Clement, American football quarterback
  • 1986
    Shia LaBeouf, American actor
  • 1987
    Didrik Solli-Tangen, Norwegian singer and Eurovision contestant
  • 1987
    TiA, Japanese R&B singer
  • 1988
    Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress and model
  • 1989
    Keith Aulie, Canadian hockey player
  • 1989
    Maya Moore, American basketball player

Who Died On June 11?

  • 1183
    Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)
  • 1216
    Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire
  • 1488
    King James III of Scotland (b. 1451)
  • 1557
    King John III of Portugal (b. 1502)
  • 1695
    André Félibien, French architect (b. 1619)
  • 1712
    Louis Joseph, duc de Vendôme, Marshal of France (b. 1654)
  • 1727
    King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1796
    Samuel Whitbread, English brewer (Whitbread Group PLC) and politician (b. 1720)
  • 1847
    John Franklin, English sea captain and explorer (b. 1786)
  • 1852
    Karl Briullov, Russian painter (b. 1799)
  • 1859
    Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (b. 1773)
  • 1879
    Prince Willem of the Netherlands, disgraced heir apparent to the Dutch throne (b. 1840)
  • 1882
    Louis Maigret, Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1804)
  • 1903
    Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia (b. 1876)
  • 1903
    Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)
  • 1911
    James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (b. 1815)
  • 1914
    Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1848)
  • 1920
    William F. Halsey, Sr., United States Naval Officer (b. 1853)
  • 1924
    Théodore Dubois, French composer and teacher (b. 1837)
  • 1927
    William Attewell, English cricketer (b. 1861)
  • 1934
    Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (b. 1896)
  • 1936
    Robert E. Howard, American writer (b. 1906)
  • 1937
    R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
  • 1941
    Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)
  • 1963
    Thích Quảng Đức, Vietnamese Buddhist monk (b. 1897)
  • 1965
    José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)
  • 1970
    Earl Grant, American pianist, organist and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1970
    Frank Laubach, Christian missionary (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    William ‘Billy Batts’Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • 1974
    Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (b. 1883)
  • 1974
    Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (b. 1898)
  • 1976
    Jim Konstanty, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1979
    John Wayne, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1982
    Al Rinker, American singer (The Rhythm Boys) (b. 1907)
  • 1984
    Enrico Berlinguer, Italian politician (b. 1922)
  • 1985
    Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (b. 1954)
  • 1985
    Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • 1986
    Chesley Bonestell, American engineer, architect and artist (b. 1888)
  • 1991
    Cromwell Everson, South African composer (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Ray Sharkey, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 1995
    Rodel Naval, Filipino Singer (b.1953)
  • 1996
    Brigitte Helm, German actress (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2001
    Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (b. 1923)
  • 2001
    Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (b. 1968)
  • 2003
    David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Vasco Gonçalves, Portuguese general (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Bruce Shand, father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
  • 2006
    Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • 2007
    Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Mala Powers, American film actress (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (b. 1951)
  • 2008
    Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Sumire, Japanese fashion model (b. 1987)
  • 2010
    Zenani Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s great granddaughter (b. 1997)
  • 2011
    Seth Putnam, American musician (b. 1968)

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