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Today In History – Babe Ruth 1st to hit 500 homers

TODAY IN HISTORY – August 11th

1885 - $100,000 raised in US for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
1929 - Babe Ruth becomes 1st to hit 500 homers
1951 - 1st color baseball game (Braves vs Dodgers) telecast (WCBS-NYC)
1984 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he “signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1921 - Alex Haley, Ithaca New York, writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), (d. 1992)
1953 - Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], Augusta Ga, WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89)

GOODBYE TO:

1994 - Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81
2009 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)

For more historical events that happened this date, visit: http://www.historyorb.com/day/august/11

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