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06-11-2012, 03:06 PM
Lead Story
John Wayne dies, 1979
American Revolution
Congress appoints Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence, 1776
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" released; features 1961 Ferrari, 1986
Civil War
Yankees seek to destroy rail line at Trevilian Station, 1864
Cold War
China issues warrant for Tiananmen dissident, 1989
Alcatraz proves escapable for three men, 1962
Tragedy at Le Mans, 1955
General Interest
Henry VIII marries first wife, 1509
Jeannette Rankin born, 1880
D-Day landing forces converge, 1944
University of Alabama desegregated, 1963
Six-Day War ends, 1967
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial released, 1982
William Styron is born, 1925
Hank Williams, Sr., makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, 1949
Old West
Russian explorer Izmailov arrives at Yakutat Bay, Alaska, 1788
JFK faces down defiant governor, 1963
Ben Hogan wins U.S. Open with courageous comeback, 1950
Vietnam War
Buddhist immolates himself in protest, 1963
Battle for control of Kompong Speu in Cambodia, 1970
World War I
Allies launch counterattack against Germans in France, 1918
World War II
Britain strikes back at Italy, 1940
Operation Corkscrew is launched by Britain, 1943


06-11-2012, 06:26 PM
1865 - The Texas State Treasury in Austin was robbed. The thieves stole about $17,000 and fled to Mt. Bonnell. Only one robber was captured.

1936 - President Franklin Roosevelt and Governor James Allred officiated the groundbreaking of the Texas Memorial Museum. The museum opened on January 15, 1939.

06-11-2012, 09:33 PM
Saturday June 11 1864
In the Shenandoah Valley

U.S. Gen. David Hunter was in the middle of a campaign in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that would make Shermanís March Through Georgia pale in comparison. While Phil Sheridan was busy fighting the Battle of Trevilian Station, claimed by some to be the biggest cavalry battle of the War, Hunter was busy in Lexington. First he burned the Virginia Military Institute, most of whose faculty, staff and students were off serving the Confederacy. He then committed depredations on historic Washington College including, allegedly, stabling his menís horses in the main building. The major military consequence of this was that Hunterís delay allowed Jubal Early to join forces with Breckinridge at Lynchburg.