11th June

Born on this Day 11th June
1864 Richard Strauss
1910 Jacques Cousteau
1914 Jackie Mann CBE, DFMl
1919 Richard Todd
1934 Gene Wilder
1936 John Stride
1939 Sir Jackie Stewart
1950 Gemma Craven
1959 Hugh Laurie

Died on this Day
1979 John Wayne


1966 The 200th number 1 on the US singles chart was The Rolling Stones ‘ classic ‘Paint it Black’, their 3rd US no.1.

1983 The Beat, who had achieved 5 Top 20 hits, spent their final week in the top 20 with ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’.

1983 Despite failing to make the UK Top 40, Britain’s Naked Eyes peaked at No.8 Stateside with ‘ Always Something There To Remind Me’.


1988 Princess Anne rode Insular to a 12-length victory in the Queen Mother’s Cup at York.

1995 The West Indies beat England by 9 wickets in the opening Cornhill Test at Headingley.

People & Showbiz

1509 Henry VIII married the first of his 6 wives, Catherine of Aragon.

1982 Steven Spielberg’s ET: The Extraterrestial ‘ opened at a record 1,100 cinemas across America on its way to making $100 million in its first month.

1993 Steven Spielberg’s movie ‘Jurassic Park’ opened at American cinemas and made a record $50 million in its first weekend and over $100 milion in 9 days.

General Events

1770 Britain’s Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running the Endeavor into it.

1925 A gem dealer was thrown from an airplane over England in the first recorded murder in the skies.

1983 Street lights and car headlamps were turned on in Jakarta at noon as the sun was completely eclipsed for about 5 minutes.

1984 2 Greenpeace protesters climbed down the face of Big Ben to display a banner calling for a halt to nuclear testing.

1991 Microsoft released the long-awaited MS DOS 5.0.

1994 The Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke, was reported as driving around with an out of date tax disc displayed on his car.

1995 The Met. Office was asking for more amateur weather watchers to volunteer as the supply of weather reports from around Britain’s coast was drying up.

1997 It was announced that all privately-owned handguns could soon be banned after a 200 majority vote in the Commons.

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