This day in history, July 11

This day in history, July 11

Each of the historical events below happened on the same day of the month, July 11:

1767: President John Quincy Adams is born in Braintree, Massachusetts.

1804: Vice-President Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey.

1914: Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.

1921: Former president William H. Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the only man to hold both titles.

1956: Actress Sela Ward is born in Meridian, Mississippi.

1961: Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book To Kill a Mockingbird is published.

1973: Varig Flight 820 crashes during approach to Orly Airport in Paris. Eleven people survive, but 123 others are killed. The accident leads the FAA to ban smoking on all flights.

1989: Actor Laurence Olivier dies in West Sussex, England at age 82.

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