Thursday, November 11, 2010
1035 – Canute the Great, King of England, Denmark, and Norway, dies at Shaftesbury in Dorset. Quarrels between his sons will cause his Anglo-Scandinavian empire fall to pieces within a decade of his death.
1595 – Sir John Hawkins, the father of the English slave trade (and the man who introduced the potato to Ireland), dies at sea off the coast of Puerto Rico.
1815 – Future abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born at Johnstown, New York.
1840 – François-Auguste-René Rodin, the self-taught sculptor man who will show modern artists how to use art to get wealthy and hang out on equal terms with the rich and famous, is born the son of a police clerk at Paris.
1892 – Three-time All-American William "Pudge" Heffelfinger—whose Yale teams were 54-2 during his time there—becomes the first professional American football player when the Allegheny Athletic Association pays him $500 for a game against archrival Pittsburgh A.A. Allegheny wins 4-0 as Heffelfinger scores the only points..
1908 – Future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun is born at Nashville, Illinois.
1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to remove a dead Sperm whale from the beach using explosives. Below, this turns out to be a bad idea.
1998 – Speaking of bad ideas, Germany’s Daimler-Benz completes a merger with America’s Chrysler to form Daimler-Chrysler.