What Happened on August 11


Historical Events

1949 – Gaston Eyskens forms Belgian government
1952 – Hussein Ibn Talal I, proclaimed King of Jordan
1965 – “Help!” a musical comedy film featuring the Beatles released in the US
1984 – A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging teammate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title
2015 – Greek Debt crisis: European Commission announces a bailout with Greece and its creditors has been agreed “in principle”
2016 – A Greenland shark declared oldest vertebrate animal in the world at 392 years by international team of scientists

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Famous Birthdays

1904 – Jess Stacy, American jazz pianist (Benny Goodman, 1935-39; the Great Gatsby), born in Bird’s Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
1912 – Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)
1928 – Richard Barratt, former Chief Inspector of Constabulary
1947 – Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1993)
1961 – Craig Ehlo, American NBA basketball guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and 2 other teams), born in Lubbock, Texas
1968 – Alan Kelly, England-born Irish footballer

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Famous Deaths

1857 – Marshall Hall, English physician, physiologist and early neurologist (physiology of reflex function), dies of a throat infection at 67
1868 – Thaddeus Stevens, US Radical Republican congressional leader (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 1849-53 1859-68), dies at 76
1954 – Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-American mobster, dies at 68
1975 – Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67
1991 – Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
2015 – Harald Nielsen, Danish soccer forward (14 caps; Olympic silver 1960; Frederikshavn fI, Bologna FC), dies at 73

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