May 11 Events in History - May 11 Birthdays - May 11 Deaths
2015 Two art works set world records at a Christie's auction in New York, with Pablo Picasso's painting 'Women of Algiers Version O' selling for $160 million and Alberto Giacometti's sculpture 'Pointing Man' selling for $141.3 million
2014 Electronics manufacturer Samsung is diversifying into the pharmaceutical industry; after besting Apple in the smartphone market, Samsung has now set a goal to become the leader in the growing biotechnology sector
2014 Regions of eastern Ukraine announce that their self-organized elections show most voters to be in favor of secession; the election results aren't recognized by the Ukrainian government or its allies
2013 George Osborne, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, announces that G7 finance ministers and central bankers agree that coordinate action should be taken against tax evaders
2013 Cairo, Egypt conducts a retrial of its former President Hosni Mubarak over his alleged role and complicity in the deaths of protestors during the 2011 Egyptian revolution
2012 A memorial service is held for San Diego chargers' Junior Seau; his #55 will be retired by the team
2012 U.S. researchers report that preventable infections are the leading cause of the world's child mortality rate, where out of 7.6 million children who died before the age of 5 in 21010, 60% died of infections like pneumonia
2011 In Nepal, Sherpa Apa Sherpa achieves a new record by climbing Mount Everest for the 21st time
2011 The Tokyo Electric Power Company together with the Government of Japan will not cap compensation payments resulting from the Fukushima I nuclear accidents
2010 The Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens sensitive marshes and wildlife along the Gulf Coast; Admiral Thad Allan is appointed to lead the Federal response to the spill
1998 India resumes underground nuclear tests after more than a 20 year gap
1997 "Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City after 61 performances
1997 New York Mets C. Everett and Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch home runs
1997 Paine Webber Senior Golf Invitational
1997 Sara Lee LPGA Classic
1997 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
1996 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
1996 Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die
1994 "Grease," opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater New York City for 1,503 performances
1994 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," released in France
1994 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
1994 Inter Milan wins 23rd UEFA Cup
1993 28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins
1993 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
1990 New York Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
1989 217th and final episode of "Dynasty" is aired
1989 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1989 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
1989 President Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
1988 France performs nuclear test
1988 KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II
1988 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)
1987 1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore)
1987 Corazon Aquino is elected president in the Philippines
1986 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1985 40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground
1985 Booby trap bomb kills 86 people in India
1985 Madonna's "Crazy For You," single goes #1
1985 Pope John Paul II arrives in Netherlands
1985 Soccer stadium in Bradford England catches fire; 53 die
1985 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Cesar Cedeno
1984 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
1984 Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4)
1984 Transit of Earth as seen on Mars
1983 "Dance a Little Closer" opens and closes at Minskoff Theater New York City
1983 Aberdeen wins 23rd Europe Cup II
1983 Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth
1982 Canucks 4-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead
1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber/T.S. Eliot's musical "Cats", premieres in London
1981 Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes" hits #1, stay there 9 weeks
1980 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1980 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, and home in one inning for Phillies
1978 Margaret A. Brewer is 1st female general in the U.S. Marine Corps
1977 Hamburger SV wins 17th soccer Europe Cup II
1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
1976 Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation
1976 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV
1975 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
1975 Flyers 1-Isles 2-Semifinals-Series tied at 3 games
1975 Israel signs an agreement with European Economic Market
1974 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Frank Sinatra hits #83
1974 "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
1974 Steely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
1973 Dutch government of Uyl forms
1972 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash
1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
1972 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 Cleveland's Steve Dunning becomes last AL pitcher to hit grand slam
1970 Sammy Davis, Jr. weds Altovise
1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1969 Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1968 Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"
1968 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St. Louis Blues in 4 games
1968 Students and police battle in Paris, 100s injured
1967 "Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater New York City for 14 performances
1967 100,000,000th U.S. phone connected
1967 Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark apply for Common Market membership
1966 Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I
1965 "Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 87 performances
1965 1st of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (India)
1965 Bangladesh windstorm kills 17,000
1965 Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument
1965 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1965 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1963 "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul and Mary hits #2
1963 Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats New York Giants, 8-0
1963 Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama
1962 Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy
1962 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 U.S. sends troops to Thailand
1960 French liner "France" launched
1960 Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires
1959 "Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes and Connie Stevens hits #4
1959 Elvis Presley's 1st entry on U.K. charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
1959 Rodgers and Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress," premieres in New York City
1959 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends
1958 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1958 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1957 Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia
1956 Pinky Lee Show, last airs on NBC-TV
1955 Israel attacks Gaza
1953 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas and causes $39M damage
1953 Winston Churchill criticizes John Foster Dulles domino theory
1951 Jay Forrester patents computer core memory
1950 Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die
1950 Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve," premieres in Paris
1949 1st Polaroid camera sold $89.95 in New York City
1949 By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of U.N.
1949 Siam renames itself Thailand
1948 Haganah takes control of Safed and port of Haifa
1948 Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy
1947 BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire in Akron, Ohio
1947 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
1946 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
1946 72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
1945 U.S. Marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa
1944 Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer
1944 Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison
1943 Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders
1943 U.S. 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st U.S. territory recaptured)
1942 Japanese troops conquer Kalewa
1941 1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England
1940 66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
1940 New York World's Fair reopens
1935 61st Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
1931 Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails beginning financial collapse of Central Europe
1929 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
1929 Dr. Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin Tx
1928 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
1928 54th Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2
1928 63rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St. George's
1928 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, New York)
1927 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
1927 Louis B. Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1926 Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean
1925 Communist Party of Holland splits
1925 Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR
1924 Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election
1924 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)
1923 10 home runs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St. Louis Cardinals
1921 Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality
1919 Yankees' Jack Quinn and Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie
1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
1917 Britain grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
1916 Einstein's Theory of General Relativity presented
1912 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
1910 Montana's Glacier National Park forms
1907 Bank of San Francisco incorporated
1904 Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace
1900 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavywgt boxing title
1897 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
1894 American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co
1893 Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km)
1892 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41
1888 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
1887 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39
1881 Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa," premieres in Prague
1875 George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout
1867 Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg
1864 Battle of Yellow Tavern, Virginia (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge)
1864 General J E B Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern
1862 Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, Virginia
1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd U.S. state
1850 Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco
1833 "Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg and sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215
1818 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0
1816 American Bible Society forms in New York
1812 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Most observers consider it disgusting and immoral. No wonder it caught on!
1792 Columbia River discovered and named by U.S. Captain Robert Gray
1784 England and Tippu Sahib van Mysore sign peace treaty
1772 Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
1752 1st U.S. fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia)
1751 1st U.S. hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital)
1749 British parliament accept Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization
1745 Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war
1690 English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal Nova Scotia
1689 Battle of Bantry Bay, French and English naval battle
1678 French Admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curaeao
1674 Netherlands and Cologne sign peace treaty
1625 Boers besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper-Austria
1548 Great fire in Brielle
1502 Columbus begins 4th and last trip to "Indies"
1421 Jews are expelled from Styria Austria
1330 Constantinople (Istanbul) becomes new capital by Roman Emperor Constantine for Eastern Roman Empire
1189 Emperor Frederik I Barbarossa and 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg
330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire