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This Day in History - May 11

Saturday, May 11, 2013    

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Today is the 131st day of 2013. There are 234 days left in the year.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

1981: Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley

dies at age 36 of complications related to

melanoma in a Miami hospital.

OTHER EVENTS

1824: British forces take Rangoon in Burma — now Myanmar — during the first Anglo-Burmese war.

1949: Israel is admitted to the UN; Siam changes its name to Thailand.

1973: Lower House of West German legislature ratifies treaty establishing formal relations between the two halves of divided Germany.

1975: Laos Premier Souvanna Phouma concedes communist victory in his country.

1988: Guatemalan army says it quashed military coup attempt on President Vinicio Cerezo's civilian government.

1993: Fire in a Thailand doll factory kills at least 188.

1995: A global conference at the UN decides to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely.

1996: A tornado rips through northern Bangladesh, killing more than 600 villagers and injuring at least 34,000.

1998: A French mint produces the first coins of Europe's single currency, the euro.

2000: With the birth of a baby girl named Astha — “Faith” in Hindi — India's population officially hits 1 billion.

2001: A Dutch court convicts seven men in the deaths of 58 Chinese migrants who suffocated in a truck container while seeking a better life in Britain.

2005: South American and Arab leaders endorse a declaration calling for free trade rules that benefit the poor and closer political and economic ties between the two far-flung regions at the end of a two-day summit held in Brazil.

2007: North and South Korea adopt a military agreement enabling the first train crossing of their heavily armed border in more than half-a-century.

2008: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hails his party's election victory in the country's tense Eastern Province as a mandate to push ahead with his war against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north.

2011: Conservative leader David Cameron becomes Britain's youngest prime minister in almost 200 years after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

Baron Munchhausen, German storyteller (1720-1797); Irving Berlin, US songwriter (1888-1989); Paul Nash, British artist (1889-1946); Salvador Dali, Spanish artist (1904-1989); Richard P Feynman, US physicist (1918-1988); Natasha Richardson,

actress (1963-2009); Mort Sahl, US comedian (1927-); Mark Herndon, drummer with country group Alabama (1955-).

—AP & Observer

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