1770: Captain James Cook runs his ship aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
1775: A small British ship is captured by American forces at the Battle of Machias. This battle was the first official naval engagement for American forces during the Revolutionary War.
1776: The Continental Congress creates the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of Independence. Appointed to this committee are: Robert R. Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
1788: Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
1825: The first cornerstone for Fort Hamilton in New York is laid on this day.
1837: The Broad Street Riot flares up in Boston.
1892: One of the first film studios in the world, the Limelight Department, opens up in Melbourne, Australia.
1935: The first public demonstration of FM broadcasting is held at Alpine, New Jersey by inventor Edwin Armstrong.
1937: 8 Army leaders are executed by Joseph Stalin during the Great Purge of the Soviet Union.
1942: The U.S agrees to supply the Soviet Union with Lend-Lease aid during World War 2.
1944: The USS Missouri is commissioned on this day. It would be the future site of the signing of the Japanese instruments of surrender.
1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama to try and block 2 black students from entering.
1963: Thích Quảng Đức, a Buddhist monk, covers himself in gasoline and sets himself ablaze at a Saigon intersection to protect the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
1963:S President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Famous Birthdays on June 11
American social worker and 1st woman elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin is born in 1880.
American actor, screenwriter and director, Gene Wilder is born in 1933.
American actress Adrienne Barbeau is born in 1945.
American football player and sportscaster, Joe Montana is born in 1956.