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This Day in History for June 11

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

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

1895 – Charles Duryea patents a gas driven automobile.

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

1927 – 59th Belmont Earl Sande riding Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6.

1936 – Presbyterian Church of America founded at Philadelphia.

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

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

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

1953 – “Amos ‘n Andy” TV Comedy, also radio from ’29, last aired on CBS.

1959 – Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open.

1963 – US President JFK says segregation is morally wrong and that it is “time to act”

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

1982 – Larry Holmes TKOs Gerry Cooney in 13 for heavyweight boxing title.

1990 – Supreme Court says law prohibiting desecration of US flag unconstitutional.

1993 – “Jurassic Park”, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum opens, sets box office record weekend record of $502 million.

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

2002 – “American Idol” created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox.

2009 – Texas mother hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen in her Texas home. Witnesses say lightning came through a light fixture, struck her chest and exited her foot….survived after three days in hospital.

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

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