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This Day in History for May 11

1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin.

1752 – First US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia.

1850 – Work starts on first brick building in San Francisco.

1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace.

1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated.

1924 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Robert Frost (New Hampshire)

1928 – General Electric opens first TV station (Schenectady, NY)

1942 – William Faulkner’s collection of short stories, “Go Down, Moses”, is published.

1947 – BF Goodrich announced the development of tubeless tire (Akron, Ohio)

1951 – American engineer Jay Forester applies for computer core memory.

1953 – Tornado kills 114 in Waco, Texas ($39M damage)

1965 – Ellis Island added to Statue of Liberty National monument.

1967 – 100,000,000th US phone connected.

1973 – Citing governmental misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has his charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.

1989 – 217th & final episode of TV soar “Dynasty” is aired.

1989 – US President George H.W. Bush orders nearly 2,000 troops to Panama.

1996 – ValuJet DC-9 crashes in Miami, 109 die.

2009 – An American soldier in Iraq opened fire on a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Bagdad, leaving five other US soldiers dead and three soldiers wounded.

2015 – Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version ‘0’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

2018 – Most popular names in the US for 2018 revealed as Emma for girls, Liam for boys.

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