ON THIS DAY: May 11, 2017

May 11th is

Eat What You Want Day

Hostess CupCake Day *

Twilight Zone Day

MORE! Laskarina Bouboulina, Irving Berlin and Martha Graham, click



Indonesia – Magelang: Waisak
(Buddha birth/enlightenment festival)

Scotland – Glasgow:
Braehea Film Festival

Thailand – Surat Thani: Full Moon Fest

On This Day in HISTORY

330 – Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly called Constantinople

Emperor Constantine I, called ‘the Great’ – emperor from 306 to 337 AD

868 – A copy of the Diamond Sūtra is printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book; it is a Buddhist sūtra from the Prajñāpāramitā (Perfection of Wisdom) concerning the practices of non-binding and non-attachment

1092 – Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated; it will be the tallest building in the world from 1311 until 1549, the second building to hold the tallest title after the Great Pyramid of Giza (in 1549, the central spire collapsed and was not rebuilt)

1310 – King Philip IV of France orders fifty-four members of the Knights Templar burned at the stake as heretics

1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement (present-day New York City); appoints a nine-man advisory council to represent the colonists


Peter Stuyvesant on left, artist not credited

1720 – Baron Munchhausen born, German story-teller; his tales became The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

1771 – Laskarina Bouboulina born, Greek naval commander, heroine of the Greek War of Independence in 1821; when her second husband was killed fighting Algerian pirates, she took over his fortune and his trading business and had four more ships built at her own expense, including the large warship Agamemnon. When the Turks tried to confiscate her property because her husband had fought with the Russians in the Turko-Russian wars, she met with Russian Ambassador Pavel Stroganov, and gained Russian protection. The Agamemnon was one of the largest warships in the hands of Greek rebels, and she spent much of her fortune on arms and food for the men under her command, taking part in naval blockades and capturing cities held by the Turks, including Tripolis, where she saved most of the female members of the sultan’s household. After her death, Emperor Alexander I of Russia granted her the honorary Admiral of the Imperial Russian Navy, making her the only woman in world naval history to hold that rank until the 20th Century

Oil painting of Bouboulina, the National Historical Museum, Athens

1792 – Robert Gray, an American merchant sea captain, becomes the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River

1812 – Spencer Perceval becomes the only British Prime Minister to be assassinated, by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, who was demanding compensation from the British Government for being imprisoned in Russia for a year, while on business there for his employers, at the order of a Russian Governor-General over an alleged debt

1817 – Fanny Cerrito born, Italian prima ballerina and choreographer of Rosida; one of the few women in the 19th Century to be acclaimed as a choreographer

1846 – President James K. Polk asks for and receives from Congress a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War

1857 – Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British East India Company; the uprising is put down after 18 months, but the British Government takes control from the East India Company, forming the British Indian Empire under the Government of India Act 1858

1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State

1875 – Harriet Quimby born, American pilot and screenwriter, first woman granted a U.S. pilot’s license, first woman to fly across the English Channel

1884 – Alma Gluck born in Romania, American operatic soprano and concert singer, one of the most famous singers of her generation in the world

1888 – Irving Berlin born in Russia, American composer and lyricist for stage and screen musicals, one of America’s greatest songwriters

1894 – 4,000 Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on strike in Illinois, which spreads, crippling nationwide rail service until the federal government intervenes

1894 – Martha Graham born, American dancer and choreographer, had tremendous impact on modern dance over her 70 year career, founder of the oldest dance company in the U.S., recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

1895 – William Grant Still born, American composer of five symphonies and eight operas; the “Dean of African-American composers”

1904 – Salvador Dali born, prominent Spanish surrealist artist

1905 – Catherine Bauer Wurster born, influential American urban planner, author and public housing advocate; Modern Housing

1907 – Rose Ausländer born in Cernauti, Austria-Hungary, lived in the U.S and Germany, Jewish poet who wrote in both German and English, editor of the U.S. German language newspaper Westlicher Herold; most copies of her first books of poems were destroyed when the Nazis occupied Cernauti in 1941

1910 – The U.S. Congress establishes Glacier National Park in Montana

1918 – Sheila Burnford born, British author; The Incredible Journey

1919 – Jeff Cup begins selling his Chocolate Cup Cakes, * the first commercially produced cupcake, but now known as the Hostess CupCake *

1921 – Hildegard Hamm-Brücher born, German liberal politician, chemist and science journalist; served as Minister of State in the Foreign Office and as Secretary of the Ministry of Education; German presidential candidate in 1993

1924 – Robert Frost is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

1936 – Carla Bley born, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader; composed jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill

1940 – The New York World’s Fair opens

1942 – William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published

1949 – Israel joins the United Nations

1950 – Eugene Ionesco’s La Cantatrice Chauve (“The Bald Soprano”) premieres in Paris

1956 – Elvis Presley’s first hit on the UK charts:“Heartbreak Hotel”


1960 –In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement

1963 – Racist bombings in Birmingham, Alabama disrupt the nonviolence of the Birmingham campaign and precipitate a crisis involving federal troops

1963 – “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul & Mary is #2 on the charts

1965 – Ellis Island becomes part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument

1968 – Richard Harris releases “MacArthur Park”

1973 – Citing government misconduct, Judge William M. Byrne dismisses charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times

1974 – Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” reaches #7 on the charts

1981 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats, based on T.S. Eliot, premieres
in London

1985 – Madonna’s “Crazy for You” is #1 on the charts

1987 – Klaus Barbie’s trial begins in Lyon for war crimes committed during WWII

1989 – U.S President George H.W. Bush orders almost 2,000 troops to Panama

1995 – More than 170 countries extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format

1998 – French mint produces the first coins of the Euro, Europe’s new single currency

2002 – HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa, (its twin was unveiled in Apeldoorn May 2) symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout WWII

Man with Two Hats, ©2015 by Ruth Lor Malloy

2010 – Imelda Marcos wins election to the Philippines House of Representatives, for the Ilocos Norte province

2012 – Chinese scientists break world record, transferring photons over 97 kilometers using quantum teleportation

2014 – Thousands protest waste incineration plant construction in Hangzhou, China

2015 – Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for $179.3 million at Christies NY


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6 Responses to ON THIS DAY: May 11, 2017

  1. Submitted for your approval. It seems to me that every day has become Twilight Zone Day.

    • wordcloud9 says:

      Gene – Ain’t that the truth?!

    • The Lizard is coming, says John Schindler. This morning Schindler says the Lizard has been delayed whilst talking with lawyers. However, the Lizard is coming. Things will become more weird before they get better. When one is trying to save one’s country, intelligence is everything.

      • wordcloud9 says:

        I wish Captain Jean-Luc Picard could order: “Make it so.”

        • Done and done.
          Claude Taylor is a Democratic insider who has all kinds of sources. He says “Legal Shock & Awe” is underway. Multiple warrants being served.

          Based on my 45 years of experience in this business, when an investigation reaches this point, arrests are inevitable.

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