11 July It Happened Today
1690 The Battle of the Boyne takes place in Ireland between the deposed catholic King of England, James II and the current King William III.
1776 Captain James Cook sets sail from Plymouth on his third voyage of discovery.
1915 Birth of Russian born American film star Yul Brynner.
1935 Death of French soldier Alfred Dreyfus.
1937 Death of American composer George Gershwin.
1953 Birth of American boxer Leon Spinks.
1960 The Telstar communication satellite is launched.
1977 A fine of £1000 is levied against British magazine Gay Times for blasphemy, for a poem suggesting Jesus was gay.
1979 The US Skylab space station burns up on re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
1989 Death of English actor Sir Laurence Olivier.