Time travel is something that’s fascinated humanity for centuries. But the first work to envision a way to travel through time didn’t happen until the publication of H.G. Wells’ famous book, The Time Machine in 1895. While we can’t give you a time machine or an entire book that can take you back in time, we can give you a rundown of what happened on this day, that age in history. Who was born, who died, and what unprecedented historical events happened on this day, July 11? Keep on reading and journey with us through time.
Famous Events on This Day in History
- 1405: Zheng He, Chinese fleet commander, sets sail for world exploration and domination
- 1533: Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII for his divorce and remarriage shenanigans and ambitions
- 1804: Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel and life-long fuel comes to an end with Hamilton’s death
- 1818: John Keats wrote several of his most famous poems on this day in history
- 1877: New Zealander Kate Edger became the first female graduate and the first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree
- 1877: Alexander Graham Bell married Mabel Hubbard in Cambridge, Massachusetts on this day
- 1914: Babe Ruth makes his debut
- 1944: FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt) announces he is running for a fourth presidential term
- 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird is published
- 1969: David Bowie released “Space Oddity” 9 days before the Apollo 11 landing on the moon
- 1995: The UN haven of Srebrenica is overrun and the Bosnian Serbs massacre more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men
- 2006: More than 700 people are injured and 200 killed in the Mumbai train bombings
- 2013: Orange is the New Black premieres on Netflix – the first series ever nominated for a comedy and drama Emmy award
- 2015: El Chapo escaped from the Altiplano maximum-security prison via a tunnel
1274: Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce is revered in Scottish history as a hero and national legend of Scotland. King of the Scots from 1306 to 1329, Robert the Bruce led the First War of Scottish Independence against England. A series of intense battles against England rendered him one of the most sought-after and famous warrior kings of his time. His efforts eventually led the English monarchy to renounce all claims to the Scottish throne, effectively freeing Scotland and giving the tiny nation its hard-won independence.
1767: John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams was the 6th president of the United States and was the son of John and Abigail Adams, the founders of the U.S. Quincy Adams lost the popular vote in the election of 1824, but won the office of president thanks to the electoral college. He lived to the ripe old age of 80 before suffering a stroke and dying in 1848.
1989: Lawrence Olivier
The star of Wuthering Heights and The Marathon Man, Lawrence Olivier was a famous British actor who married actress Vivien Leigh of Gone with the Wind fame. He died on this day in history after living to age 82.
What will the future bring? Check back on this day that age in history next year on July 11 for more unforgettable historical events.