1934 U.S.A. Dust Storm 1,500 miles long
11th May 1934 : A huge dust storm is spotted moving from the Midwest. The dust storm was 1,500 miles long, 900 miles across and two miles high, covering almost one-third of the country. Farmers lost large amounts of Topsoil during just a few years the phenomenon was known as ( The Dust bowl Years ).
The combination of large areas of landing becoming dust bowls making food production bad and the depression caused by the 29 crash all contributed to the time in History Known as "The Great Depression"
1920 U.S.A. University of Wisconsin at Madison
11th May 1920 : The number of students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Find More What happened in 1920 far exceeds the number originally budgeted for which was only for 5,000 so the current number of 7,000 are stretching both the buildings and staff available ( in 2007 there are 41,466 enrolled . This just gives an idea for one University but most have seen similar changes in numbers of students over the last 80 years )
1930 England Amy Johnson
11th May 1930 : Amy Johnson 22 year old Aviatrix from England started on her attempted solo flight to Australia some 10,000 miles away in her Gypsy Moth Plane she is trying to beat the record of Bert Hinkler which stands at 16 1/2 days
1942 Russia German Offensive
11th May 1942 : The Nazi's have launched a major spring offensive in the Eastern Crimea , Germany is thought to be prepared to use poison gas in it's advance but England has stated if poison gas is used it will retaliate with the RAF using poison gas against the Third Reich
1952 U.S.A. Seizure of Steel Mills
11th May 1952 : Following President Truman's seizure of Steel Mills last month , the case on the legality is now before the supreme court. Does the president have powers to seize private industries in national emergencies. ( this was due to a strike in the Steel Mills )
1953 U.S.A. F5 Tornado Waco, Texas
11th May 1953 : A F5 tornado struck Waco, Texas where 48 were known dead and
more than 250 injured.
1956 The Gold Coast / Ghana Independence
11th May 1956 : The Gold Coast / Ghana becomes the first black African nation to be granted independence from Britain
1970 Cold War Talks Salt Talks
11th May 1970 : The Salt Talks ( Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ) between the US and the Soviet Union are continuing , this is despite US involvement in Cambodia . It appears both countries are keen to find a compromise on Strategic Arms Limitation to stop the growth and continued arms race.
1970 U.S.A. 100 MPH Tornado Lubbock, Texas
11th May 1970 : A Tornado with winds in excess of 100 mph touched down in Lubbock , Texas, today, killing at least 20 people and injuring hundreds of others.
1971 England Daily Sketch Closes
11th May 1971 : Britain's oldest tabloid Newspaper The Daily Sketch closes and is published for the last time .
1985 England Valley Parade Football Stadium
11th May 1985 : A fire at a Bradford's Valley Parade football stadium in England killed more than 50 people some caused through panic and the ensuing stampede.
1997 U.S.A. The Deep Blue
11th May 1997 : IBM's The Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov to win a six-game chess match between man and computer in New York.
1998 India Underground Nuclear Tests.
11th May 1998 : After more than 20 years back in 1974 when India joined the list of countries with Nuclear Arms, India begins underground nuclear testing.
It is believed this may signal a new nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan who have been involved in three wars since independence in 1947 over the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir.
Within 3 weeks Pakistan also ran Underground Nuclear Tests.
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Iraq 2005 Iraq Suicide Bombers Kill and Injure Many
11th May, 2005 : Suicide bombers set off multiple explosions throughout Iraq. The blasts in various different cities injured over one hundred people and killed over seventy people. These attacks were a part of a violent surge of suicide bombings and attacks throughout the month of May.
China 2006 China Wikipedia-like Website Launched in China
11th May, 2006 : A Chinese version of a wikipedia-like website called Baidupedia was launched in China. The American website Wikipedia had been growing in popularity in China until the government banned it in 2005. Baidupedia was set to feature a similar format of user created encyclopedia, except it will undergo much heavier self-censorship in order to stay in good standing with the Chinese government.
India 2007 India India Celebrates Revolt
11th May, 2007 : India celebrated the 150th anniversary of the country's revolt against the British. The day's celebrations marked the historical event in 1857 when Indian soldiers rebelled against the British setting off other uprisings and rebellions in the country.
United Kingdom 2010 United Kingdom Prime Minister Resigns
11th May, 2010 : Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, announced his resignation. The Labour Party leader had been Prime Minister for three years, but decided to resign after the opposition parties chose to form a coalition government. David Cameron, a conservative leader, was set to take over as Prime Minister.
Puerto Rico 2011 Puerto Rico Bank Robber Arrested by FBI in Puerto Rico
11th May, 2011 : Norberto Gonzalez Claudio, a Puerto Rican nationalist, was arrested by the FBI in Puerto Rico. Gonzales had been wanted since a 1983 raid on a Connecticut bank depot, in which he was involved with a $7 million theft. Gonzales was a member of Los Macheteros, a militant group that was suspected of being involved in bombings, robberies, and murders, while fighting for Puerto Rican independence.
United States 2012 United States Car Designer Carroll Shelby Dies
11th May, 2012 : American sports car designer Carrol Shelby died at the age of eighty-nine in Dallas, Texas. Shelby was known first for being a race car driver who won many races in the 1950s. In the sixties Shelby worked with Ford to create a high-performance Mustang.
Known For : Murdoch
studied philosophy, politics and economics at Worcester College, Oxford.
He is the owner of News Corporation Limited, which owns media and newspaper
in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some of the prominent
media outlets of News Corpration are Fox Broadcasting, BSkyB, 20th Century
Fox, the Times of London, the Sun and multiple Australian newspapers. He
is one of the most influencial media magnates. Originally of socialist inclination,
his media outlets have become somewhat conservative. His rooms at Oxford
contained a bust of Lenin.