June 11th

Islamic State of Iraq forces seize control of government offices and other important buildings in the northern city of Mosul.
Fall of Mosul
Rafael Nadal won his record seventh French Open title, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
2012 French Open – Men's singles final
Africa hosts the FIFA World Cup for the first time. The 19th association football world cup was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. The winner of this historic edition was Spain.
2010 FIFA World Cup
The World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak a pandemic.
2009 flu pandemic
Rock musician Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in a remote Irish castle. (The couple divorced in 2008.).
Chronology of Provisional Irish Republican Army actions (1980–89 ...
Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
Timothy McVeigh
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who commit "hate crimes" motivated by bigotry may be sentenced to extra punishment.
Hate crime laws in the United States
The Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting desecration of the American flag.
Texas v. Johnson
Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term.
Premiership of Margaret Thatcher
Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown.
Seattle Slew
Gov. George Wallace confronted federal troops at the University of Alabama in an effort to defy a federal court order to allow two black students to enroll at the school.
Stand in the Schoolhouse Door
Christopher Cockerell first presents the hovercraft. The amphibious air-cushion vehicle first crossed the English Channel just weeks after Cockerell first demonstrated his prototype, the SR.N1. The scheduled “flights” between Dover (U.K.) and Calais (France) were discontinued in 2000.
Christopher Cockerell
More than 80 people die in the Le Mans car race disaster. In one of history's worst car racing accidents, Pierre Levegh's Mercedes crashed into a crowd of spectators and burst into flames.
1955 Le Mans disaster
The United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II.
China launches the 1938 Yellow River flood. In what Steven Dutch, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, called “the world's largest act of environmental warfare in history”, the Chinese government created the flood to halt invading Japanese forces.
1938 Yellow River flood
Sir Barton became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner by winning the Belmont Stakes.
Sir Barton
Football coach Vince Lombardi was born in New York City.
Vince Lombardi
The first predecessor of the bicycle is demonstrated. Using his revolutionary Laufmaschine, also known as Draisine, a two-wheeler without pedals, German inventor Karl Drais completed a 14 km test run in less than an hour, presenting a viable alternative to transportation by horse.
History of the bicycle
Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence.
Committee of Five
Capt. James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia .
First voyage of James Cook
King Henry VIII married his first wife, Katharine of Aragon.
Catherine of Aragon