Today in history

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On June 11 in …

1184 B.C. –- The city-state of Troy, located in a portion of Asia Minor that today is part of Turkey,  is sacked and burned during the Trojan War, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, the Greek scholar, librarian, poet, and inventor.

1895 –- The Paris–Bordeaux–Paris Run, widely acknowledged as the first automobile race in history, is completed. The curiosity of it is that the car finishing first is not declared the winner. Paul Koechlin, who arrives third in his four-seat Peugeot, is declared the winner even though he is 11 hours behind two other finishers. The reason: the race is for four-seaters, and the first two finishers were two-seaters.

1919 –- The thoroughbred race horse Sir Barton becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown by taking the Belmont Stakes  at Belmont Park in Elmwood, Queens, New York, after having won the Kentucky Derby in Lousiville, KY, and the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD.

1944 –- The USS Missouri, the last battleship built by the U.S. Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese “Instrument of Surrender” in World War II, is commissioned.

2001 –- Domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection in the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, IN, for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995. The attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, carried out by McVeigh and Terry Nichols, destroyed one-third of the building, killed 168 people, injured more than 680 others, destroyed or damaged 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius, shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings, and destroyed or burned 86 cars, causing an estimated $652 million worth of damage.

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