August 11 is the 223rd day of the year. There are 142 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).
+ 1929 – Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
+ 1934 – The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
+ 1965 – Race riots (the Watts Riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
+ 1984 – "We begin bombing in five minutes": United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
( Births )
+ 1921 – Alex Haley, American historian and author (d. 1992)
+ 1933 – Jerry Falwell, American minister and television host (d. 2007)
+ 1946 – John Conlee, American singer-songwriter
+ 1953 – Hulk Hogan, American wrestler