Famous People Who Died On May 11Th In History

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Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1846 – President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War

1858 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32ndUS State

1945 – World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Although badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power

1987 – In Baltimore, Maryland, the first heart-lung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of the Stanford University School of Medicine

1996 – After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board

1996 – The 1996 Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest


1552-1610 – Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China mission

1711-1779 – John Hart, delegate from New Jersey to the Continental Congress and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence

1837-1920 – William Dean Howells, American writer

1874-1960 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American philanthropist from the prominent Rockefeller family

1897-1966 – Alfred Wintle, British WW1 & WW2 soldier; author of “The Last Englishman”

1945-1981 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician

1900-1985 – Chester Gould, American cartoonist and the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip

1894-1986 – Fritz Pollard, American football player, Hall of Famer and first African-American NFL coach

1945-2003 – Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

1935-2006 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer, at 21, he was the youngest man to win the Heavyweight Championship, he won the Gold medal in the 1952 Olympic Games, lost the belt to Sonny Liston

1953-2008 – John Rutsey, Canadian drummer for the popular group Rush

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing,




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