On June 11…

1509 – King Henry VIII of England married the first of his 6 wives, Catherine of Aragon.

 

1776 – The Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence.

 

1776 – Artist John Constable (The White Horse, The Hay-Wain, The Cornfield, Stoke-by-Nayland, Arundel Mill and Castle) was born in East Bergholt, England.

 

1864 – Composer Richard Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, Till Eulenspiegel) was born in Munich, Germany.

 

1880 – Jeannette Rankin, first U.S. Congresswoman, was born in Missoula, MT.

 

1910 – Ocean explorer Jacques – Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France.

 

1925 – Author William Styron (Sophie’s Choice, The Long March) was born in Newport News, VA.

 

1927 – Charles A. Lindbergh was presented the first Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

1936 – The Presbyterian Church of America was formed in Philadelphia, PA.

1962 – Three men, John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Lee Morris, escaped from Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay.  They were never seen again.

 

1963 – President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order that the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa be desegregated.

 

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