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June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining.
1200 BC-AD 1899
1900-1999 1901 - New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands. 1937 - Great Purge: The Soviet Union executes eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin. 1940 - World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin, Italy. 1942 - World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union. 1955 - Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healy and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the Le Mans Grand Prix. 1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin escape from Alcatraz. 1963 - American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students from attending that school. 1963 - Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam. 1964 - World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance. 1967 - Mexico becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. 1977 - Seattle Slew wins the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. 1994 - The Los Angeles radio station KROQ opens the second annual of their live concert Weenie Roast with The Afghan Whigs, Beck, Candlebox, Counting Crows, Frente!, Green Day, James, The Offspring, Oingo Boingo, Pavement, The Pretenders, Rollins Band and The Violent Femmes. 1998 - Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in largest high-tech acquisition.
1500-1899 1519 - Cosimo I de Medici, duke of Florence (d. 1574) 1572 - Ben Jonson, dramatist (d. 1637) 1588 - George Wither, writer (d. 1667) 1672 - Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749) 1776 - John Constable, painter (d. 1837) 1842 - Carl von Linde, engineer and industrialist (d. 1934) 1847 - Millicent Fawcett, British suffragist and feminist (d. 1929) 1864 - Richard Strauss, composer and conductor (d. 1949) 1867 - Charles Fabry, physicist (d. 1945) 1876 - Alfred L. Kroeber, anthropologist 1877 - Renee Vivien, Poet born Pauline Tarn, (d. 1909) 1879 - Max Schreck, actor (d. 1936) 1879 - Roger Bresnahan, baseball Hall of Famer (d. 1944) 1880 - Jeannette Rankin, politician, feminist, pacifist (d. 1973)
1900-1999 1903 - Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia (b. 1876) and Queen Draga 1924 - Théodore Dubois, composer and teacher (b. 1837) 1936 - Robert E. Howard, author (b. 1906) 1937 - R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer, developer of the Spitfire (b. 1895) 1949 - Oton Župančič, Slovenian poet (b. 1878) 1970 - Frank Laubach, Apostle of Literacy and Christian missionary (b. 1884) 1971 - John W. Campbell Jr., science fiction writer, publisher, editor (b. 1910) 1979 - John Wayne, actor (b. 1907) 1986 - Chesley Bonestell, engineer, architect, artist, illustrator (b. 1888) 1993 - Ray Sharkey, actor ("Sonny Steelgrave" on Wiseguy) 1996 - Brigitte Helm, German actress (b. 1908) 1998 - Catherine Cookson, author 1999 - DeForest Kelley, actor (b. 1920)
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