Once Upon A Time – August 11 – 1951 – First Televised Baseball Game In Colour On WCBS, New York City

3114 BC The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins

1945 Allies refuse Japan’s offer to surrender on the condition that Emperor Hirohito retains his status

1954 Formal peace treaty ends over 7 yrs of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Viet Minh

1988 Al-Qaeda formed at a meeting between Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Dr Fadl in Peshawar, Pakistan

2003 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

1937 “The Life of Emile Zola” directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)

TODAY IN MUSIC

1978 “C’est Chic” second studio album by Chic is released featuring single “Le Freak” (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)

TODAY IN SPORT

1929 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 500 home runs (off Willis Hudlin) in 6-5 loss to Indians at League Park, Cleveland

MORE FACTS

1951 First televised baseball game in colour on WCBS in New York City; Boston Braves beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-1

1984 During a radio voice test, US President Reagan jokes he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes.”

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1886 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (30) weds Olivia Davidson (32) Athens, Ohio

1925 Physicist James Chadwick (33) weds Aileen Stewart-Brown

1949 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)

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