A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on August 11th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On August 10th or 11th, 991, a Viking invasion of England resulted in The Battle of Maldon, fought in Essex near the River Blackwater.
On August 11, 1492, Rodrigo de Borgia was elected Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Alexander VI.
On August 11, 1929, George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 500th home run at Cleveland’s League Park, the first major league baseball player to achieve that lofty status.
On August 11, 1934, the Federal Penitentiary located on the island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay opened for civilian prisoners.
On August 11, 1942, sexy Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil patented frequency hopping radio signals, the science that became WiFi, Bluetooth, and Cell Phone technology.
On August 11, 1984, President Reagan caused the Soviet Union to raise their security and defense levels by joking about bombing Russia.
On August 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan said perhaps the stupidest lines of his Presidency, which we commemorated in our August 11 article, “10 Incredibly Stupid Things Said by Politicians”.
On August 11, 2019, the world of the rich and famous were still reeling from the allegations revealed in the release of court records on August 9, 2019, in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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