Today's History Trivia for June 11
1993 Gays in the military The Israeli Army bans discrimination against gays and lesbians in the military.
1993 Animal Sacrifice U.S. Supreme Court rules that the religious sacrifice of animals is protected by the First Amendment.
1993 Jurassic Park The movie blockbuster opens nation wide.
1992 Sears auto repair scandal California seeks to revoke Sears' automobile repair license after undercover investigators disclosed "systematic looting of the public."
1987 Margaret Thatcher wins her third consecutive term as British prime minister.
1978 First black priest of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints Joseph Freeman, Jr. is ordained.
1977 Mary Edwards Walker's Medal of Honor is reinstated after it had been revoked in 1916. She was the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor (1865).
1971 Alcatraz A group of Native Americans who had claimed ownership and began occupying the island in 1969 are forcibly removed. Citing the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868), they claimed abandoned or out-of-use federal land should be returned to the Native people from whom it was acquired. The prison had been closed in 1963.
1967 Six-Day War ends with the signing of a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Syria.
1959 Hovercraft First Public Demonstration of a Manned Hovercraft Flight. The seven-ton SR.N1 developed by John Cockerell is demonstrated to the press. It was capable of 60 knots.
1949 Hank Williams makes his first appearance on The Grand Ole Opry. He sang Lovesick Blues.
1938 First major-league pitcher to pitch two consecutive no-hit, no-run games Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds shuts out Boston 3-0. On June 15th he shut out the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-0. Source: Famous First Facts
1936 Presbyterian Church of America is formed at a meeting of Presbyterians in Philadelphia.
1928 First Seeing Eye Dog in the U.S. Blind owner Morris Frank arrives in the U.S. with Buddy, who was trained as a guide dog in Switzerland. Frank then cofounded The Seeing Eye, the first guide dog school in the U.S.
1919 Horse racing's first Triple Crown winner Sir Barton ridden by John Loftus wins the Belmont Stakes. He had already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
1904 First use of bloodstains to convict a murderer, in Berlin, Germany.
1805 Detroit Destroyed by Fire The fire started when a local baker failed to extinguish the ashes when he knocked tobacco out of his pipe.
1776 American Revolution Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston are appointed to prepare a declaration of independence.
1583 First English Colony in North America English explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert sets sail from England in search for a Northwest Passage to the Far East. Instead he landed at St. Johns, Newfoundland in August and established a colony there.
Today's Birthdays for June 11
1956 Joe Montana American football quarterback, two-time NFL MVP and the only three-time Super Bowl MVP (1982, 85, 90).
1953 Peter Bergman American actor. Known for the advertising slogan, "I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV." TV: All My Children (Cliff Warner) and The Young and the Restless (Jack Abbott).
1945 Adrienne Barbeau American actress. Stage: Grease (Rizzo). Film: Escape From New York (1981). TV: Maude (Maude's daughter Carol) and Batman: The Animated Series (voice of Catwoman).
1939 Jackie Stewart Scottish auto racer, Indy 500 Rookie of the Year (1966) and 3-time Formula 1 champion (1969, 71, 73).
1937 Johnny Brown American actor, singer. TV: Good Times (Nathan Bookman the building superintendent).
1937 Chad Everett d. 2012 (Raymond Lee Cramton), American actor. TV: Medical Center (1969-76, Dr. Joe Gannon).
1937 Amalya Lyle Kearse American judge, first black woman judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals (1979, New York City). She is also a five-time U.S. national bridge champion. Source: Famous First Facts
1933 Gene Wilder d. 2016 (Jerome Silberman), American actor. Film: The Producers (1968), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, Wonka), and Stir Crazy (1980).
1913 Vince Lombardi d. 1970 American football coach. He won the first two Super Bowls and led Greenbay to five NFL championships. The Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
1910 Jacques-Yves Cousteau d. 1997 French marine explorer. His 1953 book The Silent World predicted the echolocation abilities of porpoises and contained the first printed use of the word "aqualung," which he helped develop.
1899 Ruth Alice Kistler d. 1982 American mother. She is the oldest woman to give natural birth. She gave birth to a daughter in 1956 when she was 57 years old. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1880 Jeannette Rankin d. 1973 American politician, first U.S. Congresswoman (1917-19, 1941-43, Montana, Republican). She was the only member of the House to oppose the declaration of war against Japan.
1864 Richard Strauss d. 1949 German composer, Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896), the theme of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
1847 Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett d. 1929 English feminist, leader of English women's movement.
Deaths for June 11
2015 Ron Moody b. 1924 (Ronald Moodnick), English actor. Film: Oliver! (1968, Fagin).
2014 Ruby Dee b. 1922 (Ruby Ann Wallace), American Grammy, Emmy, and Obie winning actress, civil rights activist. TV: The Guiding Light (Martha Frazier, 1967) and Peyton Place (Alma Miles, 1968-69).
2003 David Brinkley b. 1920 American Emmy-winning TV news correspondent. "Good night, Chet; Good night, David."
1999 DeForest Kelly b. 1920 American actor. TV: Star Trek (Bones). Film: Fear in the Night (1947) and Night of the Lepus (1972).
1996 Brigitte Helm b. 1906 (Gisele Eva Schittenhelm), German actress. Film: Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926, the female robot Robotrix).
1994 Herbert Anderson b. 1917 American actor. TV: Dennis the Menace (Dennis' father).
1993 Ray Sharkey b. 1952 (Red Hook), American actor. TV: Wiseguy (Sonny Steelgrave). He died of AIDS.
1989 Jack McMahon b. 1928 American basketball player and coach with the NBA.
1979 John Wayne b. 1907 (Marion Michael Morrison), American Oscar-winning actor. Film: True Grit (1969), The Shootist (1976). Some attribute his death to radiation exposure received from an A-bomb test near the filming of a movie in 1953.
1941 Daniel Carter Beard b. 1850 American artist, author. He created and taught the first animal-drawing class (1893, Woman's School of Applied Design), organized the first Boy Scout group in America (1910), and is for whom Mt. Beard is named.
1936 Robert E. Howard b. 1906 Irish-American author, creator of Conan the Barbarian. He is considered the father of the "sword and sorcery" genre. Writings: Conan the Cimmerian (1932).
1903 Alexander I b. 1876 King of Serbia (1889-1903), an unpopular king, he and Queen Draga were assassinated by a military conspiracy.
1825 Daniel D. Tompkins b. 1774 American politician, 6th U.S. Vice-President (1817-25), and governor of New York.
1796 Nathaniel Gorham b. 1738 14th president of the Continental Congress (1786-87).