May 11: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 11, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s 131st day is May 11th. On this day, Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer, defeated world champion Gerry Kasparov; 56 soccer fans perished in a fire at Bradford City stadium in England; and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives us the Oscars, was created.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 11th. Salvador Dali and American player Cam Newton are both born on May 11th. It’s National Eat Whatever You Want Day today.


(May 11, 1910)
Glacier National Park was established in the northwestern Montana Rocky Mountain wilderness.


(May 11, 1918)
Richard Feynman, an American theoretical physicist, was born in New York City.

(May 11, 1981)
Bob Marley, a Jamaican reggae singer, died of cancer.

(May 11, 1997)
Deep Blue, IBM's chess-playing computer, beat Garry Kasparov in the final game of a six-game match, 3.5–2.5 (it won two games and drew three); it was the first time a current world champion had lost a match to a computer under tournament conditions.

(May 11, 2010)
Gordon Brown, a Scottish-born British politician, has formally resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, bringing an end to the Labour Party's 13-year dominance. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats create the country's first coalition administration since World War II, with David Cameron as Prime Minister.

(Died on May 11, 2021)
Norman Lloyd, American actor, producer and director (b. 1914).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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