On This Day — May 11th


May 11th is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 234 days remaining until the end of the year.


1792 – Merchant sea captain Robert Gray (pictured) became the first recorded European to navigate the Columbia River in what is now the Pacific Northwest United States.

1813 – William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth departed westward from Sydney on an expedition to become the first Europeans confirmed to cross the Blue Mountains.

1910 – Glacier National Park, located in the U.S. state of Montana, was designated a national park.

1998 – India began conducting the Pokhran-II nuclear weapons test, its first since the Smiling Buddha test 24 years earlier.

2010 – David Cameron took office as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom as the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed the country’s first coalition government since the Second World War.

Celebrity Birthdays

Actress Holly Valance turns 35

Footballer Andres Iniesta turns 34

Singer Prince Royce turns 29

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois turns 26