11th May

Born on this Day 11th May
1720 Baron Von Munchausen
1888 Irving Berlin
1892 Dame Margaret Rutherford
1904 Salvador Dali
1912 Phil Silvers
1941 Eric Burdon
1950 Jeremy Paxman
1963 Natasha Richardson
1964 John Parrott
1974 Darren Ward

Died on this Day
1778 William Pitt the Elder
1981 Bob Marley
1988 Kim Philby


1963 The Beatles had their first No.1 album with ‘ Please, Please Me’.

1968 Aretha Franklin performed her first UK show in London.


1984 Mongolia, Bulgaria, East Germany, Vietnam and Laos announced they would also boycott the Los Angeles Olympics just several days after the Soviet Union announced they would stay away from the games.

1997 Garry Kasparov was visibly shaken after his defeat after only 19 moves in the deciding game with the IBM super-computer ‘Deep Blue’ in New York. He then accused the team in charge of the computer of cheating, demanding to see print-outs of the ‘thinking’ behind each of the computer’s moves.

People & Showbiz

1940 Winston Churchill became head of the wartime coalition.

1962 Prince Charles began his first day at Gordonstoun school in Scotland.

1981 The first performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘Cats’ based on T S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’ poems opened in London

General Events

1310 Fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.

1812 Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.

1949 Siam changed its name to Thailand

1983 Australian government figures revealed that the country had more kangaroos than people, with the kangaroo population standing at 19m, compared with just 15m people.

1990 Inflation in Britain reached an 8 year high

1997 A French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency. The coin is now known as the Euro

2007 Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

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