MAY 11 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1824 ~ JEAN-LéON GéRôME the French painter and sculptor was born on the 11th day of May in 1824 (d. 1904).

"Phrynerevealed before the Areopagus" 1861 oil painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (Hamburger Kunsthalle Gallery)
“Phrynerevealed before the Areopagus” 1861 oil painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (Hamburger Kunsthalle Gallery)

1838 ~ WALTER GOODMAN the British painter, illustrator and author was born on the 11th day of May in 1838 (d. 1912).

"The Printseller's Window" by Walter Goodman ~ 1883 oil painting on canvas (Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York, USA)
“The Printseller’s Window” by Walter Goodman ~ 1883 oil painting on canvas (Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York, USA)

1904 ~ SALVADOR DALí the sensational Spanish surrealist painter was born Salvador Domènec Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marquis de Púbolon the 11th day of May in 1904 (died in 1989 aged 84). Dalí was a draftsman, with an amazing artistic repertoire including film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with other artists in a variety of media. Dalí was one of the highly imaginative, grandiose and eccentric artists of all time.

Salvador Dali with Babou his pet ocelot wild cat, aka Dwarf Leopard (photo by Roger Higgins)
Salvador Dali with Babou his pet Ocelot wild cat, aka Dwarf Leopard ~ 1965 (photo by Roger Higgins)
Salvador Dalí's most recognizable works "The Persistence of Memory" aka "La Persistencia de La Memoria" 1931 surrealist oil painting (Museum of Modern Art ~ New York )
Salvador Dalí’s most recognizable works “The Persistence of Memory” aka “La Persistencia de La Memoria” 1931 surrealist oil painting (Museum of Modern Art ~ New York )

1924 ~ MERCEDES-BENZ was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies on the 11th day of May in 1924.

1927 ~ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was founded on the 11th day of May in 1927.

1938 ~ JEANNE LiTTLE the Australian entertainer and TV personality was born Jeanne Mitchell on the 11th day of May in 1938.

1941 ~ ERiC BURDON the British singer from The ANiMALS was born on the 11th day of May in 1941.

1950 ~ GARY FOLEY the Australian Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer and actor was born on the 11th day of May in 1950. He is best known for his role in establishing the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972 and for establishing an Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern in the 1970s.

1981BOB MARLEY the Jamaican singer died on the 11th day of May in 1981 (b. 1945).

1982CORY MONTEiTH the Canadian actor and singer was born on the 11th May 1982 (died 2013 aged 31). Cory Monteith was best known for his role as Finn Hudson in the Glee television series from 2009 until he died in 2013.

1983HOLLY VALANCE the Australian born actress and singer was born on the 11th day of May in 1983.

1997 ~ DEEP BLUE the chess-playing supercomputer, defeated Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format on the 11th day of May in 1997.

TODAY iN HiSTORY for MAY 11th video presented by the Associated Press

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