2021 May

May 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 11

May 11th is World Ego Awareness Day and Eat What You Want Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 131st day of the year! We still have 234 days left of this year.

People who were born on May 11th share the Taurus zodiac sign.

If you’re thirsty for knowledge about this day, you’re in the right place! Today we are going to cover historical events, film and TV, musicals, celebrity news and much more that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1965, Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument? Lady Liberty herself had already been a US national monument since 1924.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 11th in history!

What Happened On May 11 In History?

2021

A nine-year-old boy died after being struck by lightning during a football coaching session in Blackpool, England.

The boy was taking part in a private coaching session when the lightning struck. He was taken to hospital but did not survive.
Source BBC
2009

Justin Bieber made his first tweet at 8:27 pm, promoting his single “One Time”.

1995

Following the Sega Saturn’s success in Japan, the console was released in North America on this day.

1994

The “Grease” musical production opened at the Eugene O’ Neill Theater in New York City, running for 1,503 performances.

1981

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats,” which was based on poetry by T. S. Eliot, first premiered in the West End, London.

1978

Margaret A Brewer became the first female general in the US Marine Corps.

OTD in 1978: Margaret A Brewer became the first female general in the US Marine Corps.
Back then, the Marine Corp did not let women achieve a general ranking. However, President Carter made a special nomination to the grade of brigadier general that was approved by both houses of Congress. Margaret A Brewer was appointed the Director of Information, making her the first female general officer.
1975

Natalie Cole released her debut album titled “Inseparable,” which went on to win two Grammys.

1969

Monty Python was formed.

OTD in 1969: Monty Python was formed.
A taping of "Do Not Adjust Your Set" brought together comedians Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. It was the first time they had all been together at the same time, and went back to Cleese's nearby apartment to discuss working together in the future.
1965

Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument.

1893

Henri Desgrange made the world’s first world record for a bicycle, reaching a speed of 21.95 miles per hour.

1846

US President James K. Polk asked Congress to declare war on Mexico.

The US Congress approved the declaration of war on May 13.
1765

A fire broke out in Montreal, Canada, after an English merchant put fireplace ashes in his attic for soap-making – not knowing that the cinders were still hot.

Did you know that on this day, May 11th 1965, Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument?