On this day, October 11

By Ray Kaiser
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This date does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain due to their adoption of the Gregorian Calendar that year.

1634

A massive stormtide shattered the northern coastline, flooding Denmark and northern Germany. Called the Burchardi flood, it killed approximately 15,000 people.

1811

The first steam-powered ferry, inventor John Stevens’ ship, the Juliana, began taking passengers between New York City, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey.

1862

The Morant Bay rebellion, protesting injustices and widespread poverty, began in Jamaica when preacher Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march and demonstration.

1910

Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane.

1954

CBS’s mechanical colour system became the first color television technology to be licensed for broadcast in the U.S.

1984

Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first woman to perform a space walk while aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1987

The AIDS memorial quilt was put on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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