On This Day In History, 11 June

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World Events Today

  • During World War II, Italy and Germany began the Siege of Malta today in 1940, it was a battle between their air forces and navies against the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and the will of the Maltese people
  • The Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection today in 1963, it was a protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the government
  • Margaret Thatcher won the United Kingdom general election which was held today in 1987, it meant she would serve a third term as Prime Minister

Entertainment Events Today

  • The science fiction movie E T. the Extra-Terrestrial, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, went on general release today in 1982 in the United States
  • The 19th FIFA World Cup started today in 2010 in South Africa, it was the first time the competition was held in Africa
  • The computer-animated movie Toy Story 4 premiered today in 2019 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles

Family Events Today

  • The American mobster Henry Hill, who became an FBI informant, was born today in 1943 in New York, his life was the basis of the hit movie Goodfellas
  • The legendary American football player Joe Montana, also known as “Joe Cool” and the “Comeback Kid”, was born today in 1956 in Pennsylvania
  • Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known as the legendary American actor John Wayne, “The Duke”, died today in 1979 aged 72

Main Event Today

  • English explorer and naval officer Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef today in 1770

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Corn on the Cob Day

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