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THIS DAY IN HISTORY

JUNE 11
WHAT HAPPENED ON YOUR BDAY?

FEATURED EVENT

Featured Biography

French ocean explorer and engineer
born
June 11, 1910
Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac, France
(Birthday tomorrow)
died
June 25, 1997 (aged 87)
Paris, France

Born on This Day

1960
Mehmet Oz
Turkish American surgeon, educator, and author
1959
Hugh Laurie
British actor
1956
Joe Montana
American football player
1933
Gene Wilder
American actor
1913
Vince Lombardi
American football coach

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Ruby Dee
2014
American actress and activist Ruby Dee, who was known for her pioneering work in African American theatre and film and for her outspoken civil rights activism, died at age 91. Take our quiz about actors and acting
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, S.Af.
2010
The 19th World Cup football (soccer) tournament opened in the host country of South Africa, marking the first time that the event was played on the African continent; Spain won the tournament. Sort fact from fiction in our football (soccer) quiz
Ben Hogan
1950
Capping a dramatic recovery from a near-fatal automobile accident, American golfer Ben Hogan won the U.S. Open. Test your knowledge of golf
Charles Lindbergh
1927
American aviator Charles A. Lindbergh was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. Take our quiz about early aviation
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1898
The Guangxu emperor of China issued his first reform decree initiating the Hundred Days of Reform, an imperial attempt at renovating the Chinese state and social system. Sort fact from fiction in our China quiz
Jeannette Rankin
1880
American politician Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be a member of the U.S. Congress (1917–19, 1941–43), was born. Test your knowledge of famous firsts for women
Maria Theresa
1742
The empress Maria Theresa of Austria decided to make peace with Prussian King Frederick II, ceding almost all of Silesia to him in the Treaty of Breslau, which marked the end of the First Silesian War.
Catherine of Aragon
1509
Henry VIII wed his first wife, Catherine of Aragon; the refusal of Pope Clement VII to later annul the marriage triggered the break between Henry and Rome and led to the English Reformation. How much do you know about Henry VIII and his wives?

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