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1988Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

1985Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cin Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno

1864Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern

192863rd British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Royal St George's

1953Winston Churchill criticizes US Sec of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory

1956Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"

1942William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.

1974"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Frank Sinatra hits #83

1980Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

1919Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

2007Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

1981Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on TS Eliot) premieres in London

1959Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

1985Madonna's "Crazy For You" single goes #1

1943Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders

1975Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic

1820Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.

1904Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace

1968Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park"

1917King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

199328th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins

1189Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade

1900james j jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

1972Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

1924Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

1502Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies"

May 11th Historical Events
Date Event
330
Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes capital of Roman Empire 
1189
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa & 100,000 crusaders depart Regensburg for the Third Crusade 
1310
Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics. 
1421
Jews are expelled from Styria Austria 
1502
Columbus begins 4th & last trip to "Indies" 
1548
Start of great fire in Brielle 
1625
Peasants besiege Frankenburg estate in Upper Austria 
1647
Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam. 
1674
Netherlands & Cologne sign peace treaty 
1678
French admiral Jean d'Estrees' fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao 
1689
Battle of Bantry Bay, French & English naval battle 
1690
English troops of W Phips conquer Port Royal, Nova Scotia 
1745
Battle of Fontenoy (Doornik): Austrian Succession war 
1749
British parliament accepts Consolidation Act: fleet reorganization 
1751
1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America 
1752
1st US fire insurance policy issued (Philadelphia) 
1772
Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed 
1784
Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty 
1792
Columbia River discovered & named by US Capt Robert Gray 
1812
Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting & immoral. 
1812
British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time. 
1813
In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth, lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century. 
1816
American Bible Society forms (NY) 
1820
Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage. 
1833
"Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215 
1841
Lt. Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound. 
1850
Work starts on 1st brick building in San Francisco 
1858
Minnesota admitted as 32nd US state 
1862
Confederates scuttle CSS Virginia off Norfolk, VA 
1864
Battle of Yellow Tavern, VA (Sheridan's Raid, South Anna Bridge) 
1864
Gen J.E.B. Stuart is mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern 
1865
Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson surrenders at Jacksonport, Arkansas 
1867
Treaty of London drawn, concerning Luxembourg 
1875
George "Charmer" Zettlein pitches the 1st 9 inning shutout 
1881
Bedrich Smetana's opera "Libusa" premieres in Prague 
1887
13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25 
1888
16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49 
1891
The Otsu Scandal: While visiting Japan, Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicholas II) survives an assassination attempt 
1892
18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½ 
1893
Henri Desgrange establishes 1st bicycle-world record (35.325 km) 
1894
American RR Union strikes Pullman Sleeping Car Co 
1897
Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers 
1900
james j jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title 
1904
Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace 
1907
Bank of San Francisco incorporated 
1907
A derailment outside Lompoc, California, kills 32 Shriners when their chartered train jumps off the tracks at a switch near Surf Depot. 
1910
Montana's Glacier National Park forms 
1911
The United States becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty. 
1912
38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4 
1917
King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand 
1918
44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8 
1919
Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0 
1919
Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie 
1921
Tel Aviv is 1st all Jewish municipality 
1923
10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards 
1924
Cartel des Gauches wins French parliamentary election 
1924
Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire) 
1924
Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging the two companies. 
1925
Communist Party of Holland splits 
1925
Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region constituted in RSFSR 
1926
Airship Norge leaves Spitsbergen for 1st air crossing of Arctic Ocean 
1927
Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer 
1927
Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences 
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, NY) 
1929
1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week) 
1929
Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin Tx 
1931
Credit-Anstalt, Austria's largest bank, fails, beginning financial collapse of Central Europe 
1935
61st Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4 
1940
66th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6 
1940
NY World's Fair reopens 
1941
1st Messerschmidt 109F shot down above England 
1942
Japanese troops conquer Kalewa 
1942
William Faulkner's collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published. 
1943
Hermann Goering division in Tunisia surrenders 
1943
US 7th div lands on Attu, Aleutian, (1st US territory recaptured) 
1944
Opposition group surprise attack post office Washer 
1944
Slomp Resistance fighter (Frits de Zwerver) freed from Arnhem prison 
1945
US marines conquer Awatsha Draw Okinawa 
1946
1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1) 
1946
72nd Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4 
1946
United Malays National Organisation is created. 
1947
BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron Ohio) 
1947
Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy 
1948
Haganah takes control of Safed & port of Haifa 
1948
Luigi Einaudi elected president of Italy 
1949
By a vote of 37-12, Israel becomes 59th member of UN 
1949
Siam renames itself Thailand 
1950
Belgium mine disaster at Borinage, 39 die 
1950
Eugene Ionesco's "La Cantatrice Chauve" premieres in Paris 
1951
Jay Forrester patents computer core memory 
1953
Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage) 
1953
Winston Churchill criticizes US Sec of State John Foster Dulles' domino theory 
1955
Israel attacks Gaza 
1956
Pinky Lee Show last airs on NBC-TV 
1956
Elvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel" 
1957
Gabriel Paris forms government of Colombia 
1958
Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak 
1958
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island 
1959
"Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb" by Byrnes & Connie Stevens hits #4 
1959
Rodgers & Barer's musical "Once upon a mattress" premieres in NYC 
1959
Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends 
1960
French liner "France" launched 
1960
Israeli soldiers capture Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires 
1960
The first contraceptive pill is made available on the market. 
1962
Antonio Segni becomes president of Italy 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
1962
US sends troops to Thailand 
1963
"Puff (The Magic Dragon)" by Peter, Paul & Mary hits #2 
1963
LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0 
1963
Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama 
1965
"Flora, the Red Menace" opens at Alvin Theater NYC 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
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1965
West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy 
1966
Real Madrid wins 11th Europe Cup I 
1967
"Sing, Israel Sing" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 14 perfs 
1967
100,000,000th US phone connected 
1967
Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for EG membership 
1968
Richard Harris releases "MacArthur Park" 
1968
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games 
1968
Students & police battle in Paris, 100s injured 
1968
The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west. 
1969
Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
1969
Monty Python comedy troupe forms 
1970
Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina. 
1971
Cleveland's Steve Dunning becomes last AL pitcher to hit grand slam 
1972
Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash 
1972
John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show 
1972
Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2 
1972
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1973
Dutch government of Uyl forms 
1973
Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed. 
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" 
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 
1976
Emmy 3rd Daytime Award presentation 
1976
Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV 
1977
Hamburger SV wins 17th soccer Europe Cup II 
1977
Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game 
1978
Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps 
1980
Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
1980
Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies 
1981
Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on TS Eliot) premieres in London 
1982
Canucks 4-Isles 6-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 2-0 lead 
1983
"Dance a Little Closer" opens & closes at Minskoff Theater NYC 
1983
Aberdeen wins 23rd Europe Cup II 
1983
Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth 
1984
Johan Cruijff quits soccer 
1984
Tigers set best 30 game start record (26-4) 
1984
Transit of Earth as seen on Mars 
1985
40 die and 150 injured in fire at Bradford City football ground, England 
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
Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cin Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno 
1986
Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
1987
1st heart-lung transplant take place (Baltimore) 
1988
France performs nuclear test 
1988
KV Mechelen wins 28th Europe Cup II 
1988
Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph) 
1989
217th & 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 
1990
NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt 
1993
28th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks wins 
1993
Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire 
1994
"Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC 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 
1995
In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions. 
1996
Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colo Rockies, 11-0 
1996
Valujet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die 
1997
"Play On!" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 61 performances 
1997
NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs 
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 
1997
Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess 
1998
India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device. 
2002
Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End. 
2002
Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War. 
2007
Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão. 
2009
An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdhad, leaving 5 other US soldiers dead and 3 soldiers wounded. 
2010
Imelda Marcos win election to Philippine House of Representatives representing Ilocos Norte province. 
2012
Chinese scientists break world record by transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation 
2013
43 people are killed in two car bombings in Reyhanlı, Turkey 
2013
Bayern Munich set a new  Bundesliga points record of 91 
2013
Barcelona wins its fourth La Liga title in four years 
2016
Brazil Senate set to vote on Rousseff impeachment 
2016
Budweiser renames itself 'America' to inspire drinkers 
2017
Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Michael Flynn for documents in Russia investigation 
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