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On This Day in History - 11th May


1803Hector Berlioz, French composer
1880Irving Berlin, American composer
1892Margaret Rutherford, English actress
1912Phil Silvers, Actor; played Sgt Bilko in TV series
1931Rupert Murdoch, Media tycoon
1950Jeremy Paxton, Television broadcaster
1963Natasha Richardson, Actress
1964John Parrott, Snooker player


1709Large numbers of Germans began emigrating to North America
1812The prime minister, Spencer Perceval, was assassignated in the House of Commons
1931Martial Law was announced in several Spanish cities
1949Siam changed its name to Thailand
1949Israel became a member of the United Nations
1960'France', the worlds longest ocean liner, was launched
1985A fire at Bradford City FC caused the death of 56 fans
1988Kim Philby, the English born Soviet spy, died in the USSR
1989'Cats' became the longest running musical in the West End