1573: Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland
Henry III, also called Henry of Valois now, called Henry of Anjou before 1574; was chosen as the first elected monarch of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Henry III was the king of France after his older brother, King Charles IX died
1689: French and English navies battle at Bantry Bay
Battle of Bantry was a naval engagement fought on 11 May 1689, a week before the declaration of the Nine Years’ War. The French won this battle at last.
1792: The Columbia River is discovered by Captain Robert Gray
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, which rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Colombia, Canada. This river is 2,000 kilometers long. Robert Gray was an American merchant sea captain who is known for his achievements in connection with two trading voyages to the northern Pacific coast of North America, between 1790 and 1793, which pioneered the American maritime fur trade in that region.
1858: Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state
Minnesota was created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. It has many lakes, and is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Minnesota is the 12th largest state in the U.S. and the 22nd most populous state.
1893: Henri Desgrange establishes the world’s 1st bicycle world record
Henri Desgrange was a cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France. He was born on January 31, 1865. He traveled 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour.
1924: Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie begin their first joint venture (later merge into Mercedes-Benz)
The merger was symbolized by the new brand logo of Mercedes-Benz, which was registered as a new trademark in February 1925. It connected the Mercedes star of Daimler with the laurel wreath of Benz. The two original trademarks originated in the year 1909 and were continuously further developed until 1926. This was how the two companies began to hone up their presence in the signs system of the automobile industry at an early stage. Shortly after the merger, the stronger company structure proved its merit during the Great Depression and the world economic crisis at the end of the 1920s.
1995: The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty extended indefinitely
In New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions. The Treaty represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States. Opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty entered into force in 1970. On 11 May 1995, the Treaty was extended indefinitely.
2000: India’s population officially reaches 1 billion
The birth of the billionth child—a girl called Aastha was symbolically selected—was born at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. On May 11, 2020, India’s population officially reached 1 Billion.