History of 11 May
1910 – Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1934 – A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a “Dust Bowl.” The storm was one of many.
1944 – A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.
1947 – The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
1960 – Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
1967 – The siege of Khe Sanh ended.
1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
1997 – Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.
1998 – India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.
1998 – A French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency. The coin is known as the euro.
2000 – India’s population officially reached 1 billion.
2001 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh’s defense team.
2011 – An Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Spain.
2013 – Fifty-two people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.
2014 – Fifteen people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into soccer stands by police officers attempting to defuse a hostile incident.
2016 – More than 120 people are killed in an ISIL bombing in Baghdad.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1982 – Cory Monteith, Canadian actor, and singer
- 1983 – Matt Leinart, American football player
- 1983 – Steven Sotloff, American-Israeli journalist
- 1983 – Holly Valance, Australian actress, singer, and model
- 1984 – Andrés Iniesta, Spanish footballer
- 1986 – Abou Diaby, French footballer
- 1986 – Miguel Veloso, Portuguese footballer
- 1987 – Lim Seul-Ong, South Korean singer and actor
- 1987 – Monica Roșu, Romanian gymnast
- 1988 – Jeremy Maclin, American football player
- 1988 – Brad Marchand, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1989 – Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer
- 1989 – Cam Newton, American football player
- 1992 – Thibaut Courtois, Belgian footballer
- 1992 – Pablo Sarabia, Spanish footballer
- 1993 – Maurice Harkless, American-Puerto Rican basketball player
- 1994 – Hagos Gebrhiwet, Ethiopian runner
- 1995 – Gelson Martins, Portuguese footballer
- 1999 – Sabrina Carpenter, American singer, and actress
- 1999 – Kaitlyn Dias, American actress, and voice artist