THIS DAY IN HISTORY- 11TH JUNE

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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened on 11th June!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 11th June”.

1742: Benjamin Franklin invents Franklin stove

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A Franklin stove is a type of wood-burning stove that was used to warm frontier dwellings, farmhouses, and urban homes for more than 200 years. It was invented by the American scientist, Benjamin Franklin, in 1742.

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Franklin stove
Franklin stove

1770: Great Barrier Reef is discovered

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The English explorer and naval officer Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific ocean on this day in 1770. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure in the world made of living organisms and even today remains a site of great environmental importance.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

1987: Margaret Thatcher becomes the British Prime Minister for a third consecutive term

Margaret Thatcher was a British Conservative Party politician and also Europe’s first woman prime minister. On this day in 1987, at the age of 61, she became the first prime minister since the early 1800s to win a third straight term.

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

2009: WHO declares H1N1 swine flu to be a global pandemic

In the spring of 2009, a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus emerged in the United States and spread quickly across the globe. On 11th June 2009, the world health organization declared swine flu to be a global pandemic. CDC estimates that around 151,700-575,400 people worldwide died from H1N1 virus infection during the first year the virus circulated.

Travellers with masks walk on a railway platform in Pune on August 18, 2009. Source: Time

 

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