Today In History, June 11: 'Jurassic Park' Jun 11, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Tuesday, June 11.Today's Highlight in History: 1770: Great Barrier Reef In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, "discovered" the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. AP 1955: France Le Mans In 1955, in motor racing's worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators. AP 1962: Alcatraz Escape In 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again. AP 1987: Margaret Thatcher In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament. David Caulkin 1993: Jurassic Park In 1993, the Steven Spielberg science-fiction film "Jurassic Park" opened in wide release two days after its world premiere in Washington, D.C. AP 2001: Timothy McVeigh On June 11, 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. AP 2009: Swine Flu Ten years ago: With swine flu reported in more than 70 nations, the World Health Organization declared the first global flu pandemic in 41 years. AP 2014: Chuck Hagel Five years ago: During a Capitol Hill hearing, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel aggressively defended the secret prisoner exchange of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, telling Congress that the risks were too great and the situation too uncertain for the administration to tell lawmakers about the plan. AP 2014: Ruby Dee Five years ago: Acclaimed actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, 91, died in New Rochelle, New York. AP 2018: North Korea Summit One year ago: U.S. and North Korean officials met at a hotel in Singapore to negotiate on the eve of the first summit between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader. AP Tags Trending Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Please keep it clean, turn off CAPS LOCK and don't threaten anyone. Be truthful, nice and proactive. And share with us - we love to hear eyewitness accounts. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Most Popular UPDATE: Pennsylvania man dead after RV catches fire at Statesville campground; cause yet to be determined Concord teacher accidentally killed herself in restaurant Sheriff: Three arrested in highway traffic stop on multiple drug trafficking charges Statesville man arrested on 10 counts of drug trafficking One man stabbed, teen girl arrested in Alexander County promotion Explore NC Travel Guide Check out the all new North Carolina Travel Guide. promotion JS Linens Tent Sale Sweepstakes Ten lucky winners will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used at JS Linens! Enter through May 15th! promotion E-Edition View the Statesville E-Edition More Latest Local Offers STUMP GRINDING SERVICE KELLER'S STUMP GRINDING SERVICE FREE ESTIMATE No Job Too Big or Small!! 109 KELLER AVE. MORGANTON, NC 28655 CALL 828-430-0643 We buy junk cars WE BUY JUNK CARS Pay in CASH by Landshapes Call 828-320-4239 Chapman Construction Chapman Construction New construction/remodeling We build to suit. Land/ home pkgs. avail. Lic. General Contractor David Chapman. 828-403-0502, 828-403-0438 Contests & Events promotion JS Linens Tent Sale Sweepstakes Ten lucky winners will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used at JS Linens! Enter through May 15th! Wooten's Jeweler's Mother's Day Sweepstakes Enter today for a chance to win a 14K gold charm!