June 11 in Pop Culture History

June 11 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 11 History Highlights

  • 1895 – Paris-Bordeaux-Paris, the “first motor race”, took place.
  • June 11, 1934 – Mandrake the Magician, Comic Strip debuted
  • 1935 – The London International Surrealist Exhibition opened.
  • June 11, 2001 – Game Boy Advance released, Video Game Console
  • 2018 – 3 World Trade Center officially opened.
  • If you were born on June 11th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 18th (prior year)

Mandrake The Magician.

Mandrake the Magician was a syndicated newspaper comic strip that debuted in 1934. Lee Falk’s creation, Mandrake is considered one of America’s first superheroes. The character has been around since before he created his famous Phantom series and it all started on June 11th, 1934! Phil Davis soon took over for illustration duties while Falk continued to script until 1955 when they parted ways amicably with their collaboration coming out weekly in 300 newspapers at its peak.

The real-life magician, Leon Mandrake had been performing for well over ten years before Lee Falk introduced the comic strip character. Some people believe that he was also a source of inspiration for the fictional Mandrake as they share many similarities such as their top hat and pencil-line mustache which are both iconic to them. Although there no official connection, the real-life Mandrake took advantage of the popular comic strip to enhance his career.

June 11 is…

Corn on the Cob Day
German Chocolate Day

June 11 Birthday Quotes

“I waited a long time out in the world before I gave myself permission to fail. Please don’t even bother asking. Don’t bother telling the world you are ready. Show it. Do it.”
– Peter Dinklage

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
– Hugh Laurie

“Don’t complain about not getting a chance and then be unprepared when you finally do.”
– Joe Montana

“You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful.”
– Shia LaBeouf

“Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”
– Vince Lombardi

“Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn’t make sense not to use both.”
– Jeannette Rankin

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
– Jacques Yves Cousteau

June 11 Birthdays

1880 – Jeannette Rankin, American social worker and politician (died in 1973)
1910 – Jacques Cousteau, French biologist, author, and inventor, co-developed the aqua-lung (died in 1997)
1913 – Vince Lombardi, American football player, coach, and manager (died in 1970)
1919 – Richard Todd, Irish-English actor (died in 2009)
1933 – Gene Wilder, American comedic actor (died in 2016)
1956 – Joe Montana, American football player
1959 – Hugh Laurie, English actor
1969 – Peter Dinklage, American actor
1986 – Shia LaBeouf, American actor
1991 – Daniel Howell, English YouTuber

June 11 History

323 BC – Alexander the Great died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon.

1509 – Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon.

1742 – Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin stove. He chose not to patent it.

1793 – Robert Heterick was issued the patent (#X000063) for a stove design of cast iron

1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between Yankees and the Irish.

1895 – Charles E. Duryea was granted the first US patent (#540,648) for a gasoline-driven automobile.

1895 – Paris–Bordeaux–Paris, the first automobile race in history or the “first motor race”, took place.

1919 – Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the U.S. Triple Crown.

June 11, 1934 – Mandrake the Magician, Comic Strip began

1949 – Hank Williams, Sr. debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.

1955 – Eighty-three spectators were killed and at least 100 are injured after an Austin-Healey and a Mercedes-Benz collided at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the deadliest accident to date in motorsports.

1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin (allegedly) became the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island. They were never seen again after escaping on an inflatable raft.

1963 – Faget, Meyer, Chilton, Blanchard, Kehlet, Hammack, and Johnson were granted the patent (#3,093,346), for NASA, for the Mercury space capsule.

1963 – Alabama Governor George Wallace (D) stood at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending the school.

1963 – Buddhist monk Thích Quang Ðuc burned himself alive with gasoline in a Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.

1966 #1 Hit June 11, 1966 – June 24, 1966: The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

1970 – After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as the first female US Army Generals.

1977 #1 Hit June 11, 1977 – June 17, 1977: KC and the Sunshine Band – I’m Your Boogie Man

1979 – Actor John Wayne died afrer a decade-long fight with cancer.

1982E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was released in theaters.

1986 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in theaters. The rare Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California was not really destroyed in the film.

2001 – Timothy McVeigh was executed for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

2002 – American Idol premiered on FOX

2002 – Antonio Meucci was acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress. His 1871 patent was not as detailed as Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 patent.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The Capital of Singapore is Singapore

“I’ll see you in hell” should be followed with “and I won’t even stop to say hi”. Otherwise, you’re just making plans with someone you hate.

“If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it’s that a male model’s life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.”
– Derek Zoolander

The serial killer “Ghost face” from the Scream film franchise was based on The Scream painting by Edvard Munch.

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca, 1942

Showgirls still holds the record for most Razzie nominations with 13.

According to a CDC definition, someone who smoked fewer than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime would be considered a “Never Smoker”.

“I think you’re the opposite of a paranoid. I think you go around with the insane delusion that people like you.” – Harry Block in Deconstructing Harry  #moviequotes

Roulette Odds: Even: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37

Bruce Jenner turned down Superman (1978) to star in a Village People movie Can’t Stop the Music. Valerie Perrine was in both.

The voice of the Kool-Aid Man is Frank Simms, a New York City-based voice actor.

There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth. #big

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