Famous Events on this Day in History, June 11:1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to persuade the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners who were 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.
758 - Abbasid Arabs and Uyghur Turks arrive simultaneously at Chang'an, the Tang Chinese capital, in order to offer tribute to the imperial court. The Arabs and Turks bicker and fight over diplomatic prominence at the gate, in order to present tribute before the other. A settlement is reached when both are allowed to enter at the same time, but through two different gates to the palace.
1231 - Harderwijk becomes a city
1345 - The megas doux Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.
1429 - Hundred Years' War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.
1488 - Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland
1509 - King Henry VIII marries wife #1 Catharina of Aragon
1517 - Sir Thomas Pert reaches Hudson Bay
1572 - Spanish co-land guardian duke of Medinaceli arrives in Lock
1578 - England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize US
1594 - Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
1644 - Florentine scientist describe invention of barometer
1666 - -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)
1676 - Battle at Öland: Danish & Dutch fleet under CM Tromp beats Sweden
1685 - James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II
1690 - English king Willem III departs to Ireland
1699 - England, France & Neth agree on 2nd Extermination treaty of Spain
1726 - Cardinal Fleury succeeds duke of Bourbon as French premier
1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove
1770 - Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
1774 - Jews of Algiers escape attack of Spanish Army
1776 - Continental Congress create a committee to draft Decl of Independence
1788 - 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
1793 - 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
1816 - Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded
1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
1838 - Iowa Territory is organized
1859 - Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada
1864 - -12] Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)
1864 - 300' (90 m) of Meigg's Wharf washed away in storm
1864 - Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught
1864 - Battle of Laurel Hill, WV
1864 - Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)
1864 - Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg
1866 - The Allahabad High Court (then Agra High Court) is established in India.
1870 - 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam
1876 - Republicans pick Rutherford B Hayes as presidental candidate
1878 - DC is given a new govt by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (change in 1974)
1891 - Puerto Rican flag adopted
1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
1895 - 1st auto race
1895 - Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile
1896 - US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
1898 - 1st US Marines land in Cuba during Spanish-American War
1898 - 23rd Preakness: Willie Simms aboard Sly Fox wins in 1:49.75
1898 - 600 US marines land at Guantanamo Cuba
1898 - Emperor De Zong proclaims reforms in Peking
1900 - -12] Battle at Diamond Hill: British troops chase General Botha
1901 - Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand
1904 - Cub's Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
1904 - German Lt-Gen Lothar von Trotha lands in Swapokmund, SW-Africa
1905 - Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)
1907 - Northants all out for 12 v Gloucestershire
1907 - George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket.
1911 - Tigers trailing White Sox 13-1 come back to win 16-15
1911 - UNIA founded by Garvey
1917 - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicated under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
1919 - 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Mass
1919 - 51st Belmont: J Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown
1920 - Republicans nominate Warren G Harding for president
1921 - 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
1921 - Brazil adopts women suffrage
1924 - Bene Brak Palestine founded
1924 - Koos Vorrink elected President of AJC
1927 - 59th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6
1927 - Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th of 60 HRs
1927 - Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross
1928 - Alfred Hitchcock's 1st film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," is released
1934 - Disarmament conference in Geneva fails
1935 - Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.
1936 - Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia
1936 - International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
1937 - Marx Brothers' "A Day At The Races" released
1938 - 42nd US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 284 at Cherry Hills Denver
1938 - Cin Red Johnny Vander Meer no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0
1938 - Compton scores 1st Test Cricket ton (102 v Aust) aged 20 yrs 19 days
1938 - Earthquake in Belgium
1938 - England declare at 8 for 658 v Australia at Trent Bridge
1939 - King & Queen of England taste 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party
1940 - Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
1940 - Premier Winston Churchill flies to Orleans
1940 - World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
1940 - World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
1941 - 2nd great raid on Jews of Amsterdam
1941 - Vichy-French planes bomb Tel Aviv, killing 20 Jews
1942 - German army defeated at El-Alamein North Africa
1942 - US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II
1943 - British invades Pantelleria (tiny island south of Sicily)
1943 - Heinrich Himmler orders liquidation of Polish ghettos
1944 - 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
1944 - 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC
1944 - KP gang surprise attack on Dome Arnhem jail
1947 - WW II sugar rationing finally endd in US (began May 28, 1942)
1949 - 49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL
1949 - 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2
1949 - Emile Zatopek runs world record 10,000m (29:28.2)
1950 - Ben Hogan wins US Open golf tournament
1951 - Mozambique becomes an oversea province of Portugal
1951 - NY Times reports the NYC subway will auction off things found
1953 - "Amos 'n Andy," TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
1953 - Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge
1955 - 1st magnesium jet airplane flies
1955 - 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29
1955 - Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)
1957 - 12 die in a train crash in Vroman Colo
1958 - UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon
1959 - Postmaster General bans D H Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in Mar 1960)
1960 - 92nd Belmont: Bill Hartack aboard Celtic Ash wins in 2:29.2
1960 - House packed with wedding celebrants collapses killing 30 (Pakistan)
1961 - "Winston Churchill," last airs on ABC-TV
1961 - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
1961 - Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium
1961 - Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs
1962 - President FDR accepted an honorary degree from Yale
1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
1963 - Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at U of Alabama
1963 - Greek govt of Karamanlis resigns
1963 - JFK says segregation is morally wrong & that it is "time to act"
1964 - Chicago police break up Rolling Stones press conference
1964 - Manfred Mann record Do Wah Diddy Diddy
1964 - Queen Elizabeth orders Beatles to her birthday party, they attend
1964 - West Germany seeks talks with Czechoslovakia
1966 - "(I'm A) Road Runner" by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaks at #20
1966 - "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3
1966 - "On A Clear Day You..." closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 280 perfs
1966 - "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1
1966 - "Skyscraper" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 248 perfs
1966 - "Sloop John B" by The Beach Boys hit #1 in UK
1966 - French & German media mistakenly report death of Roger Daltry
1966 - Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (SF)
1967 - A J Foyt & Dan Gurney drove a Ford to victory in Le Mans
1967 - Chicago Cubs (7) & NY Mets (4) tie record of 11 HRs in a game
1967 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1967 - Race riot in Tampa Florida; National Guard mobilizes
1967 - Mexico becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1969 - "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hit #1 in UK
1969 - David Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
1970 - US leaves Wheelus AFB Libya
1971 - US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan
1971 - US ends ban on China trade
1972 - 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
1972 - 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
1972 - KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
1974 - Bundy victim Georgann Hawkins disappears from UW, Seattle, Wash
1974 - Mel Stottlemyre's AL record 272nd consecutive start, without relief
1975 - 1st oil pumped from North Sea oilfield
1975 - Greece adopts constitution
1975 - One-day international cricket debut, Javed Miandad age 17 yrs 364 days
1976 - "Magnificent Marble Machine," last airs on NBC-TV
1976 - Anti-apartheid advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza arrested in South Africa
1976 - Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
1976 - Beatles "Rock & Roll Music" LP is released in USA
1977 - "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Fat Woman)" by Joe Tex hits #12
1977 - "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine" by Universal Robot Band peaks at #93
1977 - "I Need A Man" by Grace Jones peaks at #83
1977 - "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & Sunshine Band peaks at #1
1977 - "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold peaks at #7
1977 - "The Pretender" by Jackson Browne peaks at #58
1977 - "Watch Closely Now" by Kris Kristofferson peaks at #52
1977 - 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6
1977 - Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland
1977 - ELO releases "Telephone Line"
1977 - Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
1978 - "Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens
1978 - 24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
1978 - Bjorn Borg wins French Open Title
1978 - Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop
1978 - Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1979 - Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months
1980 - K-Ingleside streetcar converts to METRO service (SF)
1981 - Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
1981 - Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
1981 - Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake at Iran, killing at least 2,000.
1982 - Israel & Syria stop fighting in Lebanon
1982 - Larry Holmes TKOs Gerry Cooney in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
1982 - Movie "ET the Extra-Terrestrial" released (highest grossing film)
1982 - Pope John Paul II visits Argentina
1983 - "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes peaks at #8
1983 - "Cool Places" by Sparks & Jane Wiedlin peaks at #49
1983 - "Faithfully" by Journey peaks at #12
1983 - "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5
1983 - "Theme From Doctor Detroit" by Devo peaks at #59
1983 - "When I'm With You" by Sheriff peaks at #61
1983 - 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8
1983 - Cards outfielder Lonnie Smith checks into a drug rehab
1983 - Don Genalo needs just 3 of 5 pins to win Southern Calif Open bowling tournament, miscalculates his score & intentionally gutters his ball
1983 - Zhu Jianhua of China set a new world record in high jump at 7-9 14
1984 - Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial of half of his ashes
1984 - Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally
1985 - Russian space probe Vega 1 lands on Venus
1985 - Von Hayes becomes 21st to hit 2 HRS in an inning (Phils-26, Mets-7)
1985 - WJW-AM/TV in Cleveland Ohio change call letters to WRMR
1986 - "Blacke's Magic," last airs on NBC-TV
1986 - Amnesty International megaconcert
1987 - Margaret Thatcher is 1st British PM in 160 years to win 3rd cons term
1988 - "Everything Your Heart Desires" by Daryl Hall & John Oates peaks at #3
1988 - "Rooty Toot Toot" by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #61
1988 - "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher peaks at #14
1988 - 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
1988 - 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
1988 - Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London
1988 - Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
1988 - Yanks' Rick Rhoden becomes 1st pitcher to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI)
1989 - 59th French Mens Tennis: Michael Chang beats S Edberg (61 36 46 64 62)
1989 - 7th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Orville Moody
1989 - Robin Hood 16 wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Points Golf International
1990 - Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of US flag unconstitut
1990 - UN appoints Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador
1990 - Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress
1990 - Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
1991 - Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0
1992 - Owners approve sale of Seattle Mariners to a Japanese group
1992 - Tracy Austin, 29, is youngest inductee of Intl Tennis Hall of Fame
1992 - US Olympic baseball team plays 1st exhibtion game, beat Venez 20-0
1993 - "Jurassic Park" opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million
1993 - "Scattergories," game show; last airs on NBC-TV
1993 - "Scrabble," second run," TV Game Show; last airs on NBC-TV
1994 - "Meet The Flintstones" by The BC 52's peaks to #33
1994 - 126th Belmont: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 2:26.8
1994 - Drunken officer shoots 7 people dead in Falun Sweden
1994 - Moshood Abiola becomes pres of Nigeria
1994 - Cbox is 39'115 long, 20'85 wide, & 8' high in Jacksonville, Fl Largest popcorn container is 6,619.76 cubic feet full of popped corn
1995 - 65th French Mens Tennis: Thomas Muster beats Michael Chang (75 62 64)
1995 - Julie Larsen wins Edina Realty LPGA Golf Classic
1995 - Rondell White has six hits & hits for the cycle in 13-innings
1996 - Bob Dole, (Sen-R-KS), resigns from US senate to run for president
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 Phoebe.
2004 - Ronald Reagan's funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.
2008 - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
2009 - A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.