August 11


1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.

1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by astronomer Asaph Hall. He named the moons Phobos and Deimos.

1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.

1909 – The S.O.S. distress signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC.

1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. Presidential candidates for the first time.

1929 – Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, OH.

1934 – The first Federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, CA.

1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a frequency hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and wi-fi.

1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Boston Braves 8-1.

1965 – Race riots (the Watts Riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA.

1965 – The U.S. conducted a second launch of “Surveyor-SD 2” for a landing on the Moon surface test.

1972 – The last United States ground combat unit left South Vietnam.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan was preparing for his weekly radio broadcast when, while testing of the microphone, the President said of the Soviet Union, “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

1988 – Dick Thornburgh was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next Attorney General. He succeeded Edwin Meese III.

1991 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis ended its nine-day journey by landing safely.

1992 – The Mall of America opened in Bloomington, MN. It was the largest shopping mall in the U.S.

1994 – A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Bill Clinton.

1998 – British Petroleum purchased Amoco for $49 billion. In doing so, BP became No. 3 among oil companies.

1999 – The band KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2002 – US Airways files for bankruptcy.

2002 – Jason Priestly crashed his car during practice for a race in the Infiniti Pro Series. He suffered a spinal fracture, a moderate concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and broken bones in both feet.



Mike Hugg 1942 – Musician (Manfred Mann)

Jim Kale 1943 – Musician (The Guess Who)

Eric Carmen 1949 – Singer (The Raspberries)

Steve Wozniak 1950 – Apple Computers co-founder.

Bob Mothersbaugh 1952 – Musician (Devo)

Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea 1953 – Ex-wrestler/reality show star (TV’s “Hogan Knows Best”)

Joe Jackson 1954 – Singer, songwriter (“Is She Really Going Out With Him?”, “Steppin’ Out”)

Richard Reinhardt 1957 – Musician (The Ramones)

Viola Davis 1965 – Actress (“The Help”, “Doubt”, TV’s “City of Angels”, “Century City”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”)

Anna Gunn 1968 – Actress (TV’s “Gracepoint”, “Breaking Bad”)

Will Friedle 1976 – Actor (Played Eric Matthews on TV’s “Boy Meets World”)

Chris Hemsworth 1983 – Actor (“Thor”, “Rush”, “The Avengers”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”)



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