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.


1981: Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley dies at age 36 of complications related to melanoma in a Miami hospital.


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.


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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