"Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
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Today in History in 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented his Franklin stove; in 1928 Alfred Hitchcock's 1st film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," was released; and in 1978 "Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opened.
Today in History Our On This Day In History HistoryOrb.com archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of some of them for June 11:
1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
631 - Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to persuade the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners who were captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.
758 - Abbasid Arabs and Uyghur Turks arrive simultaneously at Chang'an, the Tang Chinese capital, in order to offer tribute to the imperial court. The Arabs and Turks bicker and fight over diplomatic prominence at the gate, in order to present tribute before the other. A settlement is reached when both are allowed to enter at the same time, but through two different gates to the palace.
1231 - Harderwijk (Netherlands) becomes a city
1345 - Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of the Byzantine Empire, is lynched by political prisoners.
1429 - Hundred Years' War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.
1488 - Battle of Sauchieburn, Scotland
1517 - Sir Thomas Pert reaches Hudson Bay
1572 - Spanish co-land guardian Duke of Medinaceli arrives in Lock
1578 - England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize North America
1594 - Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
1644 - Florentine scientist describe invention of barometer
1666 - -14] Vierdaagse Sea battle (Ruyter-Monk vs Prince Ruprecht)
1676 - Battle at Öland: Danish & Dutch fleet under CM Tromp beats Sweden
1685 - James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II
1690 - English king William III departs to Ireland
1699 - England, France & Netherlands agree on 2nd Extermination treaty of Spain
1726 - Cardinal Fleury succeeds Duke of Bourbon as French premier
1742 - Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove
1770 - Capt James Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef off Australia
1774 - Jews of Algiers escape attacking Spanish Army
1776 - Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
1788 - 1st British ship built on Pacific coast begun at Nootka Sound, BC
1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
1793 - 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
1816 - Gas Light Co of Baltimore founded
1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurres in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
1838 - Iowa Territory is organized
1859 - Comstock silver load discovered near Virginia City, Nevada
1864 - -12] Battle of Trevillian Station, VA (Central Railroad)
1864 - 300' (90 m) of Meigg's Wharf washed away in storm
1864 - Battle at Cynthiana Kentucky: Gen Hobsons unit caught
1864 - Battle of Laurel Hill, WV
1864 - Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg
1866 - The Agra High Court (ow the Allahabad High Court) is established in India.
1870 - 1st-stone Amstel Brewery opens in Amsterdam
1876 - Republicans pick Rutherford B Hayes as US presidental candidate
1878 - DC is given a new government by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (change in 1974)
1891 - Puerto Rican flag adopted
1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
1895 - 1st auto race
1895 - Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile
1896 - US Assay Office in Deadwood South Dakota authorized
1898 - 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo Cuba during Spanish-American War
1898 - 23rd Preakness: Willie Simms riding Sly Fox wins in 1:49.75
1898 - Emperor De Zong proclaims reforms in Peking
1900 - -12] Battle at Diamond Hill: British troops chase General Botha
1901 - Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand
1904 - Cubs' Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
1904 - German Lt-Gen Lothar von Trotha lands in Swapokmund, SW-Africa
1905 - Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hrs)
1907 - Northants all out for 12 v Gloucestershire
1907 - George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket.
1911 - Tigers trailing White Sox 13-1 come back to win 16-15
1911 - Universal Negro Improvement Association founded by Marcus Garvey
1917 - King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicated under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
1919 - 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Mass
1919 - 51st Belmont: J Loftus riding Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown
1920 - Republicans nominate Warren G Harding for president
1921 - 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande riding Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8