On This Day In History, 11 August


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World Events Today

  • The first batch of 137 prisoners arrived at Alcatraz prison today in 1934
  • The HMS Eagle, an early aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy, was torpedoed and sunk by a Nazi Germany submarine today in 1942, it was escorting a convoy to Malta during World War II
  • The notorious London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, sentenced to life in 1969, were allowed out of prison to attend their mother’s funeral today in 1982

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first ever baseball game televised in color was broadcast today in 1951, the Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1
  • Dreamgirls, the Broadway musical with music by Henry Krieger, closed today in 1985 after 1,521 performances

Family Events Today

  • The English children’s writer Enid Mary Blyton, whose most famous works include The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Noddy, was born today in 1897 in London
  • The American technology entrepreneur Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc, was born today in 1950 in California
  • The American actor and comedian Robin Williams, who rose to fame as the alien Mork in the sitcom Mork and Mindy, died today in 2014 aged 63, he had committed suicide

Main Event Today

  • Airbnb, as Airbedandbreakfast, was officially launched today in 2008

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sons and Daughters Day

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