May 11, 2024 at 1:05 a.m.
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Today In History – May 11

May 11 is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar
World chess champion Garry Kasparov (left) playing against IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 during the ACM Chess Challenge in Philadelphia.
World chess champion Garry Kasparov (left) playing against IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 during the ACM Chess Challenge in Philadelphia.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few more of them:

May 11 is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 234 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1068 – Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, is crowned Queen of England.

1880 – Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California.

1889 – An attack upon a U.S. Army paymaster and escort results in the theft of over $28,000 and the award of two Medals of Honor.

1970 – The 1970 Lubbock tornado kills 26 and causes $250 million in damage.[16]

1996 – After the aircraft's departure from Miami, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 on board.

1997 – Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.

2011 – An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hits Lorca, Spain.

2013 – Fifty-two people are killed in a bombing in Reyhanlı, Turkey.

2014 – Fifteen people are killed and 46 injured in Kinshasa, DRC, in a stampede caused by tear gas being thrown into soccer stands by police officers.

2016 – One hundred and ten people are killed in an ISIL bombing in Baghdad.



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