June 11

1910 Undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau is born. He dies in 1997.

1919 Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first Triple Crown winner.

1938 Johnny Vander Meer pitched the first of his two consecutive no-hitters as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 3-0.

1959 The U.S. Postmaster General banned the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover from the mail. His edict was overruled by the Court of Appeals in 1960.

1963 Buddhist monk Quang Duc set himself on fire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.

1966 “Paint It, Black” by the Rolling Stones hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1966 “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” by the Lovin’ Spoonful peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks. That same day, Daydream peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.

1966 “I Am A Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1972 The controversial X-rated film Deep Throat opened.

1977 Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.

1977 The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl by the Beatles peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978 The John Travolta – Olivia Newton-John film Grease opened in movie theaters.

1979 Actor John Wayne (The Quiet ManHow The West Was WonThe Sons Of Katie ElderThe Green BeretsTrue Grit) dies at age 72.

1982 Steven Spielberg’s ET – The Extraterrestrial opened.

1986 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Pennsylvania law restricting abortion and reaffirmed its 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion.

1990 The U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a federal law prohibiting desecration of the American flag.

1999 Actor DeForest Kelley (Star Trek‘s Dr. McCoy) dies at age 79.

2001 Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed.

2002 Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are married at Ireland’s Castle Lesliein Glaslough, County Monaghan. They later divorce.

2002 American Idol premieres.

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