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This day in history June 11th

This day in history June 11th

  • 1184BC – The Trojan War: Troy is ransacked and burned, according to the calculations by Eratosthenes.
  • 631 – Emperor Taizong of Tang of China sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk for the release of Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the Northern frontier. It succeeds in freeing 80,000 prisoners.
  • 1776 – Continental Congress creates a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence.
  • 1963 – US President John F Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong and that it is “time to act”.
  • 1987 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term.
  • 2014 – Islamic state of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the city of Mosul.

Today in Film and TV

  • 1993 – “Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Geoff Goldblum opens, and sets box office weekend record of $502 million.
  • 2002 – “American Idol” created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox.

Today in Music

  • 2019 – “The New York Times” reveals an estimated half a million song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in a 2008 warehouse fire on Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles.

Today in Sport

  • 2017 – French Open Men’s Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man to win the French title 10 times.

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