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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 during the 1930s).
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 Tuesday, 11th May 1920 : The number of students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Find More 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.

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.





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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 1950's. In the sixties Shelby worked with Ford to create a high-performance Mustang.



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2013 International Space Station Astronauts Replace Pump

11th May, 2013 : Two astronauts from the United States replaced a pump in order to fix an ammonia leak in the International Space Station's cooling system. The astronauts completed the emergency spacewalk an hour ahead of schedule and while the leak posed no immediate threat to the crew managers had wanted to resolve the problem quickly.