June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining.
- 1184 BC - Trojan War: Troy was sacked and burned, according to the calculations of Eratosthenes.
- 1429 - Hundred Years' War: The start of the Battle of Jargeau.
- 1509 - Marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon.
- 1580 - Juan de Garay founds Buenos Aires.
- 1594 - Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paved way to the creation of the Principalía [i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines].
- 1770 - Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
- 1774 - Jews in Algiers escape the attacks of the Spanish army.
- 1776 - Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to a committee to draft a declaration of independence.
- 1788 - Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
- 1825 - The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
- 1837 - The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
- 1866 - The Allahabad High Court (then Agra High Court) is established in India.
- 1892 - The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
- 1898 - Spanish-American War: U.S. war ships start to sail for Cuba.
- 1901 - New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands.
- 1907 - George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket.
- 1932 - William Forgan Smith becomes QLD Premier
- 1935 - Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey.
- 1936 - International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
- 1937 - Great Purge: The Soviet Union executes eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.
- 1940 - World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
- 1940 - World War II: First attack of the Italian Airforce on the island of Malta.
- 1942 - World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
- 1945 - William Lyon Mackenzie King is re-elected as Canadian prime minister.
- 1955 - Eighty-three are killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collide at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- 1956 - First Puerto Rican Parade was held in Harlem, New York.
- 1962 - Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
- 1963 - American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students from attending that school.
- 1963 - Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
- 1964 - World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
- 1967 - Mexico becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
- 1970 - After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.
- 1972 - Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126
- 1977 - Seattle Slew wins the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
- 1978 - Altaf Hussain founded students' political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation a.k.a (APMSO) in Karachi University
- 1985 - A Fabergé Egg was sold for £1,375,00 in New York.
- 1988 - Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Wembley Stadium, London.
- 1988 - The name of the General Public License (GPL) is mentioned for the first time.
- 1998 - Compaq Computer pays $9 billion for Digital Equipment Corporation in largest high-tech acquisition.
- 2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.
- 2002 - Antonio Meucci was recognised as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
- 2004 - Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
- 2004 - Ronald Reagan's funeral held at Washington National Cathedral.
- 2005 - G8 finance ministers agree to cancel the debt owed by 18 of the poorest countries.
- 1403 - John IV, Duke of Brabant (d. 1427)
- 1456 - Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)
- 1540 - Barnabe Googe, English poet (d. 1594)
- 1572 - Ben Jonson, English dramatist (d. 1637)
- 1588 - George Wither, English writer (d. 1667)
- 1672 - Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Italian priest and composer (d. 1749)
- 1696 - Francis Edward James Keith, Scottish soldier and Prussian field marshal (d. 1758)
- 1704 - Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742)
- 1713 - Edward Capell, English critic (d. 1781)
- 1723 - Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (d. 1788)
- 1776 - John Constable, English painter (d. 1837)
- 1815 - Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer (d. 1879)
- 1842 - Carl von Linde, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1934)
- 1846 - William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (d. 1920)
- 1847 - Millicent Fawcett, British suffragist and feminist (d. 1929)
- 1864 - Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor (d. 1949)
- 1867 - Charles Fabry, French physicist (d. 1945)
- 1876 - Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
- 1877 - Renee Vivien, English-born poet (d. 1909)
- 1879 - Roger Bresnahan, baseball player (d. 1944)
- 1879 - Max Schreck, German actor (d. 1936)
- 1880 - Jeannette Rankin, American politician, feminist, and pacifist (d. 1973)
- 1888 - Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1927)
- 1895 - Nikolai Bulganin, Soviet politician (d. 1975)
- 1903 - Ernie Nevers, American football player (d. 1976)
- 1910 - Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French explorer and inventor (d. 1997)
- 1910 - Carmine Coppola, American composer, director and songwriter (d. 1991)
- 1913 - Vince Lombardi, American football coach (d. 1970)
- 1915 - Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist (d. 1999)
- 1919 - Richard Todd, British actor
- 1920 - Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (d. 1981)
- 1920 - Irving Howe, American literary and social critic (d. 1993)
- 1922 - John Bromfield, American actor (d. 2005)
- 1922 - Michael Cacoyannis, Greek Cypriot film maker
- 1924 - Ed Farhat, American professional wrestler
- 1925 - William Styron, American author (d. 2006)
- 1928 - Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, Queen of the Belgians
- 1932 - Athol Fugard, South African playwright
- 1933 - Gene Wilder, American actor
- 1936 - Jud Strunk, American musician and comedian (d. 1981)
- 1936 - Chad Everett, American actor
- 1937 - Robin Warren, Australian pathologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
- 1937 - Johnny Brown, American comic
- 1939 - Jackie Stewart, Scottish race car driver
- 1945 - Adrienne Barbeau, American actress
- 1947 - Laloo Prasad Yadav, Indian politician
- 1947 - Henry Cisneros, American politician, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- 1947 - Richard Palmer-James, British lyricist and guitarist (King Crimson and Supertramp)
- 1948 - Dave Cash, Major league baseball player
- 1949 - Frank Beard, member of rock group ZZ Top
- 1949 - Benjamin Vasserman, Estonian graphic artist
- 1950 - Lynsey De Paul, British singer and songwriter
- 1952 - Donnie Van Zant, American rock musician
- 1953 - Peter Bergman, American actor
- 1956 - Joe Montana. American football player
- 1957 - Jamaaladeen Tacuma, American musician
- 1959 - Hugh Laurie, English actor and comedian
- 1962 - Erika Salumäe, Estonian cyclist, Olympian
- 1964 - Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver
- 1965 - Joey Santiago, Filipino guitarist (Pixies)
- 1968 - Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
- 1969 - Peter Dinklage, American actor
- 1969 - Steven Drozd, American drummer
- 1969 - Bryan Fogarty, professional ice hockey player (d. 2002)
- 1974 - David Starie, British boxer
- 1975 - Choi Ji Woo, South Korean actress and model
- 1975 - Thomas Bimis, Greek diver
- 1978 - Joshua Jackson, Canadian actor
- 1981 - Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer
- 1982 - Diana Taurasi, American basketball player
- 1982 - Eldar Rønning, Norwegian cross-country skier
- 1982 - Johnny Candido, American professional wrestler
- 1982 - Joey Graham, American basketball player
- 1983 - Jose Reyes, American baseball player
- 1984 - Vagner Love, Brazilian footballer
- 1985 - Anja Rubik, Polish supermodel
- 1986 - Ben Stewart, American Idol finalist
- 1988 - Yui Aragaki, Japanese actress and model
- 1994 - Ivana Baquero, Spanish actress
- 323 BC - Alexander the Great , King of Macedon (b. 356 BC)
- 1183 - Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)
- 1216 - Henry of Flanders, Emperor of the Latin Empire
- 1488 - King James III of Scotland
- 1557 - King John III of Portugal (b. 1502)
- 1695 - André Félibien, French architect (b. 1619)
- 1712 - Louis Joseph, duc de Vendôme, Marshal of France (b. 1654)
- 1727 - King George I of Great Britain (b. 1668)
- 1796 - Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and politician (b. 1720)
- 1847 - John Franklin, English sea captain and explorer (b. 1786)
- 1852 - Karl Briullov, Russian painter (b. 1799)
- 1858 - Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (b. 1773)
- 1879 - Prince Willem of the Netherlands, disgraced heir apparent to the Dutch throne (b. 1840)
- 1882 - Louis Maigret, Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1804)
- 1903 - Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (b. 1837)
- 1903 - Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia (b. 1876)
- 1911 - James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (b. 1815)
- 1924 - Théodore Dubois, French composer and teacher (b. 1837)
- 1927 - William Attewell, English cricketer (b. 1861)
- 1934 - Lev Vygotsky, Russian psychologist (b. 1896)
- 1936 - Robert E. Howard, American author (b. 1906)
- 1937 - R. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (b. 1895)
- 1941 - Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)
- 1963 - Thích Quảng Đức, Vietnamese monk, self-immolation (b. 1897)
- 1970 - Frank Laubach, Christian missionary (b. 1884)
- 1970 - William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
- 1974 - Julius Evola, Italian philosopher (b. 1898)
- 1974 - Eurico Gaspar Dutra, President of Brazil (b. 1883)
- 1976 - Jim Konstanty, American baseball player (b. 1917)
- 1979 - John Wayne (born Marion Morrison), American actor (b. 1907)
- 1984 - Enrico Berlinguer, Italian politician (b. 1922)
- 1985 - Karen Ann Quinlan, American right-to-die cause célèbre (b. 1954)
- 1985 - Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
- 1986 - Alistair Neil Brice.
- 1986 - Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
- 1993 - Ray Sharkey, American actor (b. 1952)
- 1996 - Brigitte Helm, German actress (b. 1908)
- 1998 - Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
- 1999 - DeForest Kelley, American actor (b. 1920)
- 2001 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (executed) (b. 1968)
- 2003 - David Brinkley, American television reporter (b. 1920)
- 2004 - Egon von Furstenberg, Swiss fashion designer (b. 1946)
- 2004 - Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1904)
- 2005 - Vasco Gonçalves, Portuguese general (b. 1922)
- 2006 - Major Bruce Shand, Father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (b. 1917)
- 2006 - Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
Holidays and Observances
- Kamehameha Day, official state holiday of Hawaii, United States, in honor of its first monarch, celebrated with floral parades, hula competition, and festivals
- Davis Day, in remembrance of William Davis, observed in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Roman Empire, Matralia in honor of Mater Matuta
- Roman Empire, fifth day of the Vestalia in honor of Vesta
- National Puerto Rican Day, Started in 1956, Festivals and Parades will be held
- Saint Barnabas, apostle, martyr in 62 AD [common; PCP (Paris), WTS (Bruges), 6082, in red]
- Saint Eskil, medieval patron saint of the Diocese of Strängnäs in Sweden (later moved to June 12 outside that diocese in order not to collide with the Feast of Barnabas)
- Saint Onuphrius, hermit, confessor [GTZ: Basel, Freising, Worms]
- Saint Reimbert, bishop of Bremen, confessor
- Saint Aleidis of Schaarbeek (died 1250)
- Blessed Flora (died 1347)
- Blessed Tochumra, virgin [BLS: Kilmore, Ireland]
- Blessed Tochumra, virgin [BLS: Tochumra in Munster]
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