Events, June 11th

June 11th:

1509 – King Henry VIII married his first of six wives, Catherine of Aragon. (and we all know how that turned out)

1770 – Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia when he ran aground. (I guess that’s way to do it)

1776 – In America, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence from Britain.

1895 – Charles E. Duryea received the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1947 – The U.S. government announced an end to sugar rationing.
1950 – Ben Hogan returned to tournament play after a near fatal car accident. He won the U.S. Open.

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.

1982 – Steven Spielberg’s movie “E.T.” opened. (Image: quotesgram.com)

1987 – Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office.

1993 – Steven Spielberg’s movie “Jurassic Park” opened.

1998 – Amazon.com expanded its product line from books only to compact discs as well.

2002 – The television series “American Idol” debuted. The show featured judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell.

(Source: on-the-day-com)

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