July 11 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1405 Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail on his first major expedition, to the Spice Islands, leading 208 vessels, including 62 treasure ships with 27,800 sailors

1533 Pope Clement VII excommunicates England’s King Henry VIII

1818 English poet John Keats writes “In the Cottage Where Burns is Born”, “Lines Written in the Highlands”, and “Gadfly”

1877 Kate Edger becomes New Zealand’s first woman graduate and first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts

1944 Franklin Roosevelt announces that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States

1995 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN ‘safe haven’ of Srebrenica

Today’s Historical Events

138 Antoninus Pius succeeds Hadrian as Emperor of Rome

911 Signing of the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte between Charles the Simple and Rollo of Normandy

1156 Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan

1244 Khwarezmian Tatars sack Jerusalem, decimating the city’s Christian population and driving out Jews

1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) near Kortrijk, Belgium. Flemish coalition defeat French army

1346 Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire

1347 Heir to the Bohemian throne elected German anti-king Charles IV

1405 Chinese fleet commander Zheng He sets sail on his first major expedition, to the Spice Islands, leading 208 vessels, including 62 treasure ships with 27,800 sailors

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1895 Auguste and Louis Lumière show film for scientists

1922 The Hollywood Bowl opens.

1967 “The Newlywed Game” premieres in the US on ABC TV

1983 Lorraine Elizabeth Downes, 19, of NZ, crowned 32nd Miss Universe

2007 “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released

2013 “Orange Is the New Black” premieres on Netflix starring Taylor Schilling, first series to be nominated for comedy and drama Emmy awards

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1967 Kenny Rogers forms 1st Edition

1969 David Bowie releases the single “Space Oddity” 9 days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon

1969 Rolling Stones release “Honky Tonk Woman”

1982 “7 Brides for 7 Brothers” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 5 performances

1984 Britain’s MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

1987 Heart’s “Alone” single goes #1 for 3 weeks

1995 Shaggy releases his third studio album “Bombastic” (Grammy Award Best Reggae Album)

  • 2021 Billionaire Richard Branson flies to the edge of space on his Virgin Galactic rocket plane in space tourism test

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1900 Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport

1912 There are 6 medallists in the Stockholm Olympic pole vault; American Harry Babcock takes gold (3.95m); countrymen Frank Nelson and Marc Wright dead-heat for silver; 3-man dead-heat for bronze

1914 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park

1923 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M

1930 21 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman is 105 at lunch, 220 at tea, and 309 at stumps on the first day in 3rd Test vs England at Leeds; goes on to 334

1931 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8

1939 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees

1944 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh