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Jun
11
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1979
John Wayne dies
On this day in 1979, John Wayne, an iconic American film actor famous for starring in countless westerns, dies at age 72 after battling cancer for more than a decade. The actor was born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, and moved as a child to Glendale, California. A football star... read more »
American Revolution
1776
Congress appoints Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1925
Novelist William Styron is born »
1949
Hank Williams, Sr., makes his Grand Ole Opry debut »
1982
"E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial" released »
1986
"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" released in theaters »
Civil War
1864
Yankees seek to destroy rail line at Trevilian Station »
Cold War
1989
China issues warrant for Tiananmen dissident sheltering in US embassy »
Crime
1943
Mobster Henry Hill, inspiration for "Goodfellas," is born »
Disaster
1955
Race car at Le Mans crashes into spectators, killing 82  »
General Interest
1509
Henry VIII marries his first wife, Catherine of Aragon »
1880
Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress, is born  »
1944
D-Day landing forces converge »
1963
University of Alabama desegregated »
1967
Six-Day War ends »
Sports
1950
Ben Hogan wins U.S. Open with courageous comeback »
Vietnam War
1963
Buddhist immolates himself in protest »
1970
Battle for control of Kampong Speu in Cambodia  »
Westward Expansion
1788
Russian explorer Izmailov arrives at Yakutat Bay, Alaska »
World War I
1918
Allies launch counterattack against Germans in France »
World War II
1940
Britain strikes back at Italy »
1943
Operation Corkscrew is launched by Britain »