These things happened on this date in history….
Family Watching TV, 1950s
First Regularly-Scheduled U.S. TV Broadcasts
May 11, 1928
By General Electric station WGY of Schenectady, New York. Programs are broadcast Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
May 11, 1659
Celebration of the Christmas holiday is made illegal in Massachusetts. The Puritans associated such celebrations with paganism and idolatry. Violators were fined. This remained in effect until 1681.
Columbus’ Fourth Voyage
May 11, 1502
The explorer Christopher Columbus sets sail on his fourth voyage to the “New World.” He was searching for a westward passage to the Indian Ocean mainland. It was on this trip in 1504 that Columbus frightened the natives into thinking he made the Moon go out by correctly predicting a lunar eclipse.
Obsessed Letterman Fan
May 11, 1992
Margaret Ray is arrested for the 7th time after trespassing on David Letterman‘s property. She had previously been arrested for breaking into his home, sleeping in his bedroom, and stealing his Porsche.
First Woman to Head an FBI Field Office
May 11, 1992
Burdena Pasenelli is selected to head the field office in Anchorage, Alaska.
First U.S. Planetarium
May 11, 1930
The Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum of Chicago opens.
Youngest Jockey to Win the Kentucky Derby
May 11, 1892
May 11, 1862
The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia is blown up by her commander to prevent capture by Union forces. It had participated in the Battle of the Ironclads.
May 11, 1858
Minnesota becomes the 32nd state.
Mary Dyer being led to the gallows in Boston
May 11, 1682
First Newborn to Receive Gene Therapy
Born May 11, 1993
American medical first. He was the first newborn to receive gene therapy, which he was given four days after his birth. His genes were altered to correct ADA enzyme deficiency – an inherited condition known as “bubble boy” disease. After treatment, his stem cells produced T cells (white blood cells) that were able to make ADA enzymes using the ADA gene. At four years old, he needed more treatment. Hopefully, he will be able to avoid the current standard treatment of regular injections of white blood cells, costing over $100,000 a year.