On This Day In History, 11 May

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World Events Today

  • Pennsylvania Hospital, one of the earliest established public hospitals in the United States, was founded by Benjamin Franklin and Doctor Thomas Bond, today in 1751
  • Whilst in office, the British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was killed today in 1812, he remains the only British prime minister to have been assassinated
  • David Cameron and Nick Clegg, formed the Cameron–Clegg coalition today in 2010

Entertainment Events Today

  • The surreal British comedy group Monty Python was formed today in 1969, it was made up of Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin
  • Cats, the musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, premiered today in 1981 at the New London Theatre in London, it is one of the longest running West End shows ever
  • The final episode of the original version of the American television soap opera Dynasty, was aired today in 1989 on the ABC network

Family Events Today

  • The British journalist and television presenter Jeremy Paxman, host of many shows including University Challenge, was born today in 1950 in Leeds
  • The Jamaican singer-songwriter and reggae music pioneer Bob Marley, died today in 1981 aged 36
  • The British intelligence officer Kim Philby, who was also a double agent for the Soviet Union, member of “The Cambridge Five”, died today in 1988 aged 76

Main Event Today

  • HMS Beagle, the ship that would later take Charles Darwin on his famous scientific voyage around the world, was launched today in 1818

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Eat What You Want Day

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