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8/11/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 11

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Today in History in 1885 a $100,000 was raised in the United States for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty; in 1919 the Green Bay Packers football club was founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company and in 1956 “Don’t Be Cruel” was released by Elvis Presley.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1860 - US's 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nevada)
  • 1885 - $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
  • 1919 - Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company
  • 1934 - 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in SF Bay
  • 1950 - Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
  • 1968 - Beatles launch "Apple Records" label
  • 1984 - Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, wins 4 Olympic track golds
  • 1989 - Voyager 2 discovers 2 partial rings of Neptune
  • 2003 - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1858 - Christiaan Eijkman, Nijkerk Netherlands, physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1929), (d. 1930)
  • 1862 - Carrie Jacobs Bond, Janesville Wisconsin, songwriter (I Love You Truly)
  • 1897 - Enid Blyton, children's writer and fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure)
  • 1921 - Alex Haley, Ithaca New York, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), (d. 1992)
  • 1925 - Mike Douglas, talk show host (Mike Douglas Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 - Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], Augusta Ga, WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89)

Famous Weddings

  • 1886 - Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio
  • 1925 - Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown
  • 1949 - Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)
  • 1990 - "General Hospital" actor Maurice Benard (27) weds Paula Smith
  • 2007 - U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • 2012 - "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada

Famous Divorces

  • 1993 - Director Oliver Stone files for divorce from Elizabeth

Famous Deaths

  • 1919 - Andrew Carnegie, US steel industrialist/philanthropist, dies of bronchial pneumonia at 83
  • 1937 - Edith Wharton [-Jones], US Pulitzer prize-winning author (House of Mirth), dies at 75
  • 1956 - Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)
  • 1994 - Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2006 - Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • 2009 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
  • 2014 - Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide at 63.

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