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There are many reasons to celebrate June!  June 11 is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 203 days remaining until the end of the year. Follow our list below for some great reasons to celebrate this day.
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  • National German Chocolate Cake Day: June 11
  • German chocolate cake is the common name of an American cake that was originally known as German's chocolate cake. The cake is a layered, chocolate cake filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting. It owes its name to an American chocolate maker named Sam German, who developed a formulation of dark baking chocolate that came to be used in the cake recipe. Sweet baking chocolate is traditionally used for the chocolate flavor in the actual cake, but few recipes call for it today. The filling and/or topping is a caramel made with egg yolks and evaporated milk; once the caramel is cooked, coconut and pecans are stirred in. Occasionally, a chocolate frosting is spread on the sides of the cake and piped around the circumference of the layers to hold in the filling. Maraschino cherries are occasionally added as a garnish.
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  •  Holidays Around the World
 
  • Birthday of Prince Henrik (Denmark)
  • Davis Day (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Kamehameha Day, official state holiday of Hawaii, United States - on June 11, is a state holiday in Hawaii, US, honoring the first ruler of the one-time kingdom.
  • Matralia, in honor of Mater Matuta. (Roman Empire)

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  • Is it your Birthday Today?  See who shares your birthday.

  • Happy Birthday! Adrienne Barbeau, Peter Dinklage, Joshua Jackson, Hugh Laurie, Joe Montana, Jackie Stewart, Gene Wilder

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  • Christian Feast Day:

  •   Barnabas the Apostle (Anglicanism)
  •   Bartholomew the Apostle (Eastern Christianity)
  •   June 11 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)

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  • On This Day

  • 1184 BC – Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.
  • 173 – Marcomannic Wars: The Roman army in Moravia is encircled by the Quadi, who have broken the peace treaty (171). In a violent thunderstorm emperor Marcus Aurelius defeats and subdues them in the so-called "miracle of the rain".
  • 631 – Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.
  • 1429 – Hundred Years' War: start of the Battle of Jargeau.
  • 1488 – Battle of Sauchieburn: fought between rebel Lords and James III of Scotland, resulting in the death of the King.
  • 1509 – Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.
  • 1770 – British explorer Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 1775 – The American Revolutionary War's first naval engagement, the Battle of Machias, results in the capture of a small British naval vessel.
  • 1776 – The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence.
  • 1788 – Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska.
  • 1825 – The first cornerstone is laid for Fort Hamilton in New York City.
  • 1892 – The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 1898 – Spanish-American War: U.S. war ships set sail for Cuba.
  • 1901 – New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands.
  • 1903 – Group of Serbian officers stormed royal palace and assassinated King Alexander Obrenović and his wife queen Draga.
  • 1907 – George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket.
  • 1917 – King Alexander assumes the throne of Greece after his father Constantine I abdicates under pressure by allied armies occupying Athens.
  • 1919 – Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown.
  • 1920 – During the U.S. Republican National Convention in Chicago, U.S. Republican Party leaders gathered in a room at the Blackstone Hotel to come to a consensus on their candidate for the U.S. presidential election, leading the Associated Press to first coin the political phrase "smoke-filled room".
  • 1935 – Inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey.
  • 1936 – The International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
  • 1938 – Second Sino-Japanese War: The Chinese Nationalist government creates the 1938 Yellow River flood to halt Japanese forces. 500,000 to 900,000 civilians are killed.
  • 1942 – World War II: The United States agrees to send Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
  • 1944 – USS Missouri (BB-63) the last battleship built by the United States Navy and future site of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, is commissioned.
  • 1962 – Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 1963 – American Civil Rights Movement: Alabama Governor George Wallace stands at the door of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in an attempt to block two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending that school. Later in the day, accompanied by federalized National Guard troops, they are able to register.
  • 1963 – Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc burns himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest the lack of religious freedom in South Vietnam.
  • 1963 – John F. Kennedy addresses Americans from the Oval Office proposing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would revolutionise American society. Proposing equal access to public facilities, end segragation in education and guarantee federal protection for voting rights.
  • 1964 – World War II veteran Walter Seifert runs amok in an elementary school in Cologne, Germany, killing at least eight children and two teachers and seriously injuring several more with a home-made flamethrower and a lance.
  • 1970 – After being appointed on May 15, Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington officially receive their ranks as U.S. Army Generals, becoming the first females to do so.
  • 1971 – The U.S. Government forcibly removes the last holdouts to the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, ending 19 months of control.
  • 1972 – The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126.
  • 1978 – Altaf Hussain founds the students' political movement All Pakistan Muhajir Students Organisation (APMSO) in Karachi University.
  • 1982 – The Sentosa Musical Fountain was officially opened as part of the second phase of construction on the island of Sentosa, Singapore.
  • 2002 – Antonio Meucci is acknowledged as the first inventor of the telephone by the United States Congress.
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Note: Movable June holidays may or may not be on this list due to the fact the dates always change each year:  
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