1959 UK Hovercraft
11th June 1959 : A new form of transport which is a cross between an aircraft, a boat and a land vehicle, propelled on a cushion of air created by its own fan power the "Hovercraft", has it's official launch at the Solent on the South Coast of England. The Hovercraft ( SRN-1 ) which is still at the experimental level is just 29ft long, but developers believe the technology will allow the production of full scale Hovercraft capable of speeds 50 knots and up to 300 ft long. The SR-N1 Hovercraft was designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell.
1927 U.S.A. Rum Runners
11th June 1927 : The continued crackdown on Rum Runners has resulted in arrests throughout the country with many of those caught implicating local politicians and local police . During the last week alone over 20,000 cases of liquor have been seized .
1937 U.S.A. Automobile Workers Strikes
11th June 1937 : Union Men from the United Automobile Workers of America wanting to join the Pickets at steel mills in Michigan were turned back today by deputies using tear gas , the Union has now called for mass protests by all members of the Union at Monroe , Michigan
1944 France D-Day Landings
11th June 1944 : Five days after the D-Day landing on June 6th , the five Allied landing groups, made up of some 330,000 troops, converge in Normandy
1955 France 24 Hours Le Mans
11th June 1955 : During the 24 Hours Le Mans race a car looses control and crashes into stands filled with spectators, killing 82 people.
1963 U.S.A. Alabama Governor George Wallace
11th June 1963 : Alabama Governor George Wallace trying to ensure continued segregation is forced to end his blockade of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and allows two African American students to enroll.
1967 Middle East Six Day War Ends
10th June 1967 : Israel and Syria agree to observe the UN mediated cease-fire ending six days of Israeli fighting against Egypt, Jordan and Syrian forces.
1979 U.S.A. John Wayne
11th June 1979 : Film star John Wayne , also known as the "Duke," died of cancer
Tribute To John Wayne
1987 U.S.A. Earthquake Midwest
11th June 1987 : A rare earthquake hit 14 states in the Midwest and parts of Canada stretching down to the South. The quake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale and damaged some highway overpasses, also many thousands lost telephone services . The quake lasted between 3 to 15 seconds at 6:49PM.
1987 UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
11th June 1987 : Margaret Thatcher celebrates her third general election win after another landslide victory over the Labour Party.
1998 Sudan Famine
11th June 1998 : The United Nations World Food Programme has declared an official famine Southern Sudan with estimates that over 1 million people could die from starvation due to extreme food shortages.
1998 UK Minimum Wage
11th June 1998 : The Low Pay Commission has recommended the new minimum wage of £3.60 an hour for people over 20
2001 U.S.A. Timothy McVeigh
11th June 2001 : Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
2003 Ethiopia Oldest Known Human Fossils Found
11th June 2001 : Scientists have found the oldest known human fossilised skulls dated around 160,000 years old in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
United Kingdom 2005 United Kingdom G8 Reaches Debt Deal
11th June, 2005 : The G8 finance ministers reached a debt deal on behalf of their respective countries at a meeting in London. The deal made by the world's eight richest countries would allow eighteen of the poorest countries to completely write off their debt. In an effort to lessen worldwide poverty, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and African Development Bank would completely forgive the debt of those eighteen countries totaling forty billion dollars, and another twenty countries could be eligible for the debt forgiveness if they were to meet certain governmental standards.
Cuba 2007 Cuba First Cuban Female Bishop Ordained
11th June, 2007 : The Episcopal Church of Cuba ordained its first female bishop. Reverend Nerva Cot became only the eighteenth female bishop in the world, and the first female bishop in the developing world. In the consecration ceremony Cot was surrounded by high ranking church officials from Cuba as well as officials from Haiti, Panama, and Miami.
2008 Pakistan US Relations Worsen
11th June 2008 : A US air strike by Afghanistan-based US forces against Taleban militants in Pakistan territory causes the death of 11 Pakistan troops has been condemned in Pakistan as an act of aggression by US forces and has caused anger in Pakistan as this attack and others are widely seen as a violation of its sovereignty.
2008 U.S.A. Twister at Boy Scout Camp kills 4
11th June 2008 : The continued period of strong storms many with tornadoes in the Midwest causes one of the most deadly tornado's so far when a twister strikes a Boy Scout camp in Little Sioux, Iowa. leaving 4 dead and 40 injured.
2009 World H1N1 influenza strain
11th June 2009 : The World Health Organization declares H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as "swine flu", as a global pandemic. Due to it's highly contagious nature spreading from human to human. Most people infected suffer a mild symtons, but the small minority who suffer more severe symptons (less than 0.04% )are hospitalized and end up in an intensive-care unit suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome, which kills in half of all cases. Specific vaccines are developed and released in North America in late October.
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United States 2009 United States US Holocaust Museum Guard Killed
11th June, 2009 : Stephen Tyrone Johns, a guard at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. was shot and killed by an eighty-eight year old man. The man opened fire on a crowd inside the museum before he was shot by police and taken into custody. The attacker was reported to be James von Brunn, a white supremacist who had been convicted of prior violent crimes and served time in prison.
Pakistan 2011 Pakistan Blasts in Pakistani Market
11th June, 2011 : Ninety people were wounded and at least another thirty-four people were killed when explosions blasted through a market in Peshawar, Pakistan. The bomb had been placed in a garbage pile and exploded in the middle of the night in an area that was home to army and political offices. There had been a small explosion followed by a much larger explosion which caused the majority of injuries and damage.
United States 2012 United States Jerry Sandusky Trial Begins
11th June, 2012 : Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse trial began after he was charged with fifty-two counts of abusing ten boys over fifteen years while he was an assistant football coach at Penn State. The scandal shook up the Penn State community after late coach Joe Paterno was accused of improperly handling accusations against Sandusky.
Known For : Daphne
was the daughter of Baron Vivian, and married Henry Thynne in 1926. Thynne
would become sixth Marquess of Bath in 1946. They had two sons and one daughter.
The photograph above is of Daphne and the sixth Marquess. She and Bath divorced
in 1953, and she went on to marry Alexander Fielding in the same year.
She wrote a number of society stories between 1950 and 1980, and was well
known in society as the Marchioness of Bath. Following her divorce she continued
to produce a books of the same genre. She and Fielding divorced in 1978.
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1927 Colonial Desk $32.50 and Wicker Chair $16.50
1927 Enjoy a new Buick Today beautifull in design, coloring and appointment
1937 Porterhouse Steak 3lbs 73 cents, Veal Stew 15 cents lb, Ground Beef 2lbs 27 cents
1987 Pontiac Bonneville $12,160, and Pontiac Sunbird $7,915