On This Day in History, May 11

On this day in history, the earliest surviving printed book was produced in China. The “Diamond Sutra” is an important text in Mahayana Buddhism. The British Library in London still houses a copy.

Read more to find out the significant events of May 11, in history.

  • 868-The earliest surviving dated printed book was produced in China.
  • 1816-The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.
  • 1841-American Charles Wilkes lands at Fort Nisqually in Puget Sound.
  • 1889-Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory.
  • 1924-Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Robert Frost.
  • 1927-The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
  • 1947-The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
  • 1949-Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • 1960-Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
  • 1965-Ellis Island was added to the Statue of Liberty National monument.
  • 1967-The Siege of Khe Sanh ended.
  • 1977-Ted Turner managed an Atlanta Braves game.
  • 1981-The musical Cats was premiered.
  • 1985-56 football fans died in a stadium fire.
  • 1989-US President George H. W. Bush ordered nearly 2,000 troops to Panama
  • 1996-ValuJet flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades shortly after takeoff.
  • 1998India executed a series of nuclear weapons tests.
  • 1998-A French mint produced the first coins of Europe’s single currency.
  • 2000-India’s population officially reached 1 billion.
  • 2007Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.

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