Today in India and World History: May 11

May is the fifth month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. In older versions of the ancient Roman calendar, May was the third month of the year. It became the fifth month when January and February were added to the calendar.

According to Gregory calendar, the day number 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. May 11 has its own special significance in India and world history.

May’s birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.

Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world History on May 11. Read on to know more about this day.

List of Important Historical events of 11 May:

  • 1745: Battle of Fontenoy (Doronic): Austrian war started for succession.
  • 1749: British Parliament accepts the Consolidation Act, which reorganizes the Royal Navy.
  • 1751: Pennsylvania Hospital established by Dr.Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1752: First fire insurance policy started in Philadelphia, US.
  • 1772: Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, killing 18 people and injuring many others.
  • 1784: Signs of peace treaty between Britain and Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.
  • 1818: The Old Vic Theater is established in London (as Royal Coburg Hall).
  • 1820: HMS Beagle (the ship that would later take its Charles Darwin on its scientific voyage) embarked at the Woolwich dockyard.
  • 1833: 215 people were killed when a ship going from England to Quebec crashed into the Atlantic Sea after hitting the Lady-of-the-Lake iceberg.
  • 1871: The first trial in the Tichborne case begins in London Court of Common Pleas.
  • 1928: American Walter Hagen wins the Open Championship Golf Tournament in England.
  • 1940: The Battle of Gribborg begins in the central Netherlands.
  • 1949: Israel joins the United Nations as its 59th member.
  • 1955: Israel invades Gaza.
  • 1960: First contraceptive pill made available in the market.
  • 1961: Italiano Solar won the 1961 Vilata a Spana Cycle race.
  • 1964: Terence Conran launches the first housing store on Fulham Road, London.
  • 1965: 17 thousand people killed in cyclone in Bangladesh.
  • 1998: India conducted three nuclear tests at Pokaran in Rajasthan.
  • 1998: Europe’s first currency became the euro’s first coin.
  • 1998: India conducted 3 underground nuclear tests at Pokhran, including 1 thermonuclear device.
  • 2000: According to Population Watch, India’s population reached one billion. Born in Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, ‘Aastha’ became an Arab child of India
  • 2002: 378 people died in a ferry accident in Bangladesh.
  • 2003: Lithuania approved joining the European Union in a referendum.
  • 2008: Scientists at Cornell University in New York created the world’s first genetically modified human embryo.

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