June 11, car disaster in Le Mans – The Durango Herald

Today in History

Today is Saturday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2022. There are 203 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On June 11, 1955, in motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and rammed spectators.

To this date :

In 1509, King Henry VIII of England married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, “discovered” the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running across it.

In 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain.

In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first winner of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

In 1938, Johnny Vander Meer threw the first of two straight hits as he led the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the Boston Bees. (Four days later, Vander Meer refused to give a hit to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost 6-0.)

In 1962, three prisoners from Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from.

In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case led to a landmark court ruling on the right to die, died in Morris Plains, New Jersey, at the age of 31.

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term as her Conservatives retained a slim majority in Parliament.

In 1993, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people who commit “hate crimes” motivated by bigotry can face additional penalties.

In 2001, 33-year-old Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

In 2009, with swine flu reported in more than 70 countries, the World Health Organization declared the first global flu pandemic in 41 years.

In 2020, Louisville, Ky., banned the use of no-knock warrants and named the new order for Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by police officers who broke into her home. San Francisco’s mayor said city police officers would stop responding to non-criminal activity such as disputes between neighbors and reports of homelessness; they would be replaced during these calls by trained and unarmed professionals.

Ten years ago: Testimony began in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, accused of sexually abusing 10 boys in 15 years. (Sandusky was later convicted and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison). vich) 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. The Los Angeles Kings won their first NHL championship by defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Five years ago: LGBT rights supporters marched and rallied in the nation’s capital and dozens of other US cities, celebrating gains but angry at threats posed by President Donald Trump’s administration . “Dear Evan Hansen,” the heartfelt musical about young foreigners, won the Best New Music trophy at the Tony Awards along with five other statuettes. The Stanley Cup returned to Pittsburgh after the Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6. Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) won his record 10th French Open title in dominating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

A year ago: Group of Seven leaders gathered for a seaside summit in England, pledging to share at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccines with struggling countries; half would come from the United States. Novelist Louise Erdrich won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for ‘The Night Watchman’; winners for the books also included the late Les Payne and his daughter Tamara Payne for their biography of Malcolm X “The Dead Are Arising”. Darnella Frazier, the teenager who pulled out her cell phone and started recording when she saw George Floyd pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer, received a special Pulitzer Prize citation for her video.

Today’s birthdays: Former U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, DN.Y., turns 92. Jackie Stewart, a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is 83. Singer Joey Dee is 82 years old. Actor Roscoe Orman is 78 years old. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 77 years old. Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 73 years old. Animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk is 73. Singer Graham Russell (Air Supply) is 72 years old. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant is 70 years old. Actor Peter Bergman is 69 years old. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 66 years old. Actor Hugh Laurie is 63 years old. TV personality Mehmet Oz, MD, is 62 years old. Singer Gioia (JOY’-ah) Bruno (Expose) is 59 years old. Rock musician Dan Lavery (Tonic) is 56 years old. Actor Clare Carey is 55 years old. Actor Peter Dinklage is 53 years old. Actor Lenny Jacobson is 48 years old. Actor Joshua Jackson is 44 years old. American musician Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers) is 44 years old. (SHY’-uh luh-BUF’) is 36 years old.

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