1846: U.S President asks Congress for a Declaration of War against Mexico. His request is approved on May 13th and starts the Mexican-American War.
1857: Indian rebels seize the city of Delhi from British forces during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
1858: Minnesota becomes the United States’ 32nd
1862: The CSS Virginia is scuttled in the James River just north of Norfolk, Virginia.
1910: Glacier National Park in the state of Montana is established by an act of the United States Congress.
1927: On this day, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is officially established.
1942: “Go Down, Moses”, a collection of short storied by William Faulkner is published.
1943: In an attempt to drive out Imperial Japanese Forces in the Aleutian Islands, American forces invade Attu Island during World War 2.
1944: A major offensive on the Gustav Line is made by the Allies against Axis forces.
1945: Over 340 crew members are killed when the USS Bunker Hill is hit by 2 dive-bombing kamikaze planes off the coast of Okinawa. The damaged vessel was still able to return to the United States under its own power, however.
1995: More than a hundred and seventy countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. And they do so indefinitely and without any conditions placed on the deal.
1997: Garry Kasparov is defeated in a rematch between him and the chess-playing supercomputer known as Deep Blue.
2011: A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Lorca, Spain.
2016: An ISIL bombing in the city of Baghdad ends up killing more than 100 people.
Famous Birthdays on May 11
Belarusian-American composer, Irving Berlin is born in 1888.
British painter Paul Nash is born in 1889.
English actress Margaret Rutherford is born in 1892.
American painter Gladys Rockmore Davis is born in 1901.
Spanish painter and illustrator, Salvador Dali is born in 1904.
English-American actress Natasha Richardson is born in 1963.
American actor Jeffrey Donovan is born in 1968.
American actress and singer, Sabrina Carpenter is born in 1999.