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This Day in History for June 11

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove.

1776 – Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence.

1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.

1878 – DC is given a new government by Congress, 3 commissioners appointed by president (changed in 1974)

1905 – Penns Railroad debuts fastest train in world (NY-Chicago in 18 hours)

1927 – Charles Lindbergh is awarded the 1st Distinguished Flying Cross.

1936 – Presbyterian Church of America founded in Philadelphia.

1939 – King and Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FDR’s party.

1942 – US and USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II.

1947 – WW II sugar rationing finally ends in US (began May 28, 1942)

1959 – Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence’s book, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (overruled by US Court of Appeals in March 1960)

1962 – Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island prison, the only ones to do so.

1963 – Gov. George Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama.

1971 – US & Japan sign accord to return Okinawa to Japan.

1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months.

1984 – US Supreme Court declares illegally obtained evidence may be admitted at trial if it could be proved that it would have been discovered legally.

1990 – Federal judge sentenced former national security adviser John M. Poindexter to 6 months for making false statements to Congress.

1998 – Compaq Computers pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in the largest high-tech acquisition.

2009 – The World Health Organization declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic, the first such incident in over forty years.

2012 – US territory Puerto Rico votes to become a US State.

2018 – Net neutrality is officially repealed by The Federal Communications Commission in the US.

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