May 11 in Pop Culture History

May 11 in Pop Culture History

868 – The first known dated printed book was the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture. A citation included : “printed on 11 May 868, by Wang Chieh, for free general distribution”.

1811 – The famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, were born of Chinese parents in Siam (now Thailand).

1942 – Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner, was published

1947 – B.F. Goodrich Co. announced the development of tubeless tire.

1949 – The first Polaroid cameras were sold for $89.95.

1950 – Evelyn and Paul Trent took the McMinnville UFO photographs

1953 (Tornado) Waco, Texas

1959 # 1 Hit May 11, 1959 – May 17, 1959: Dave “Baby” CortezThe Happy Organ

1980 – Bob Marley died from lung cancer

1981 – Cats (East End Musical) Opened on May 11, 1981 and Closed: May 11, 2002

1985 # 1 Hit May 11, 1985 – May 17, 1985: MadonnaCrazy for You

1991 # 1 Hit May 11, 1991 – May 17, 1991: RoxetteJoyride

1994 – Grease (Broadway Musical) Opened on May 11, 1994 and Closed: January 25, 1998 (revival)

1996 – Captain Planet and The Planeteer cartoon series came to an end.

1997 – IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov.

2005 – Billy Elliot the Musical (East End Musical) Opened on May 11, 2005 and Closed: April 9, 2016
 

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