spotlight Highlights from history: July 11 Jul 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1798: U.S. Marine Corps In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band. AP 1804: Aaron Burr & Alexander Hamilton In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Hamilton died the next day.) AP 1859: Big Ben In 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time. AP 1914: Babe Ruth In 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League baseball debut, pitching the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland. AP 1937: George Gershwin In 1937, American composer and pianist George Gershwin died at a Los Angeles hospital of a brain tumor; he was 38. AP 1952: Dwight Eisenhower In 1952, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president. AP 1960: Harper Lee In 1960, the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co. AP 1972: World Chess Championship On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.) AP 1979: Skylab In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia. AP 1995: Srebrenica In 1995, the U.N.-designated "safe haven" of Srebrenica (sreh-breh-NEET'-sah) in Bosnia-Herzegovina fell to Bosnian Serb forces, who then carried out the killings of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. AP 1995: United States & Vietnam In 1995, the United States normalized relations with Vietnam. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ghana Ten years ago: During a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, President Barack Obama addressed Ghana's Parliament, where he challenged the continent of his ancestors to shed corruption and conflict in favor of peace. AP 2009: Steve McNair Funeral Ten years ago: Funeral services were held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for former NFL star Steve McNair, who had been shot to death in Nashville a week earlier by Sahel Kazemi (sah-HEHL' kah-ZEE'-mee), who then took her own life. AP 2014: Hal Rogers Five years ago: House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said that President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border was too big to get through the House, as a growing number of Democrats rejected policy changes Republicans were demanding as their price for approving any money. AP 2014: Tommy Ramone Five years ago: Tommy Ramone, 65, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, died in New York. AP 2017: Joe Scarborough In 2017, MSNBC "Morning Joe" host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough announced that he was leaving the Republican party, partly because of its loyalty to President Donald Trump. AP 2017: Trump Russia Probe In 2017, emails released by Donald Trump Jr. revealed that he'd been told before meeting with a Russian attorney during the presidential campaign that the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Hillary Clinton. AP 2018: Brussels NATO Summit One year ago: At a NATO summit in Brussels, President Donald Trump declared that a gas pipeline venture had left Germany's government "captive to Russia," and questioned the necessity of the NATO alliance. AP 2018: Papa John's, One year ago: John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John's, resigned as chairman of the board of the pizza chain, and apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. AP 2018: Stormy Daniels One year ago: Porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club, accused of touching and being touched by patrons in violation of state law; prosecutors dropped the charges hours later, saying the law had been improperly applied. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP What's your Halloween costume style? promotion spotlight AP How much coffee trivia do you know?