June 11 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on June 11.

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Events on June 11

1573 In Britain, a Puritan pamphlet calling for the abolition of episcopacy was suppressed in the House of Commons.

1727 George II of England accedes to the throne following the death of his father, George I, the first Hanoverian King of England.

1905 British golfer Harry Vardon wins his fourth Open golf championship at Prestwick.

1940 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini declares war on the Allies.

1946 Italy is proclaimed a republic.

1955 22 years of Liberal rule ended in Canada with Progressive Conservative John G. Diefenbaker’s victory.

1970 Aleksande fyodorovich Kerensky, prime minister of Russia in 1917 until the Bolshevik Revolution, dies in exile in New York.

1990 Right-wing politician and novelist Mario Vargas Llosa is defeated in the second round of the Peruvian elections.

2010 The FIFA Football World Cup opens for the first time on the African continent in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Famous Birthdays on June 11

Ben Jonson 1572, English dramatist and poet whose satirical plays include Volpone, The Alchemist and Bartholomew Fair.

John constable 1776, one of the greatest British landscape artists.

Richard Strauss 1864, German composer and conductor whose operas include Salome, Der Rosenkavalier, and Ariadne auf Naxos.

Jacques Cousteau 1910, French underwater explorer who invented a means of using television underwater and made films such as The Silent World and The Living Sea.

Gene Wilder 1935, American actor best-known for comedy films as The Producers.

Quotes from Legend

The notes I handle are no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.

- Artur Schnabel, Austrian concert pianist, 1958.

Historical News on June 11

80,000 Celebrate Mandela’s Birthday

1988 A crowd of 80,000 packed London’s Wembley Stadium today in what must be the biggest 70th birthday party ever.

The only person unable to attend was the birthday guest himself black South African leader Nelson Mandela, who has been in prison since 1964, serving a life sentence on a conviction of attempting to overthrow the state.

In tribute to him, singers and musicians from all over the world, including South Africa itself, came to join in the day-long concert, which was televised and broadcast live to an estimated audience of 1 billion in 60 countries.

Deputy leader of the banned African National Congress, Mandela has come to epitomize the struggle against apartheid.

Attempts to keep politics out of the affair were thwarted, and many performers made references to South Africa’s “terrorist state” and to the lack of strong British opposition to apartheid.

Exit “The Duke”

exit the duke on June 11
exit the duke

1979 John Wayne veteran Hollywood star, died earlier today Born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa in 1907, after a slow start he made his name as genial lough guy and all American hero in a series of westerns and war films and became one of the best known and most successful actors in Hollywood.

His first major screen appearance was as a Ringo Kid in director John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, a part that set the tone for the rest of his film career.

Nicknamed “The Duke”.

Wayne maintained his on-screen persona off-screen, being a staunch supporter of the law, order, and traditional American values and anti-communism, he also supported the Vietnam War Earlier this month, he was awarded a commemorative gold medal by the US Congress.

England and Spain: Keep it in The Family

1509 At a private ceremony today in the chapel of the Franciscan Observants at Greenwich, near London, King Henry VII finally married his former sister-in-law, Catherine of Aragon, Catherine who is aged 24 and six years Henry’s senior was previously married to Henry’s older brother, Arthur, who died seven years ago.

The couple has been engaged since 1503, but there has been much controversy about the validity of the marriage which, some argued, went directly against the laws of the Church.

According to Biblical teaching.

“If a man shall take his brother’s wife, it is impure. They shall be childless.”

The issue has hinged on a technically if the former marriage was never consummated.

Catherine was never Arthur’s “wife” and would therefore be free to marry his brother.

The real truth may never be revealed and there has been more at stake here than marriage.

Catherine’s mother, Queen Isabella of Spain has been keen to continue the Anglo-Spanish alliance secured by Catherine’s earlier union.

In an attempt to silence any opposition, she persuaded the Pope to issue a dispensation allowing the marriage, conducted today by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Who is the Tennis Championships Winner in United States at 1989?

Michael Chang tennis championships winner in United States on June 11
Michael Chang tennis championships winner on June 11
Michael Chang tennis championships winner

1989 At the tender age of 17 years and 109 days, Michael Chang of the United States today became the youngest-ever winner of the French Open tennis championships.

He beat Stefan Edberg of Sweden.

Merc Goes Beserk

1955 Horrified spectators saw the famous Le Mans racetrack in France become a scene of carriage today.

One of the cars competing in the 24-hours Grand Prix – a Mercedes Benz – ran out of control and plunged into the grandstand killing an estimated 80 people and injuring 100 more.

The news has shocked the motor racing world.

Questions will undoubtedly be asked about the safety of the sport, and tighter restrictions may be imposed.

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