spotlight Today In History, June 11: "Jurassic Park" Jun 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Tuesday, June 11.Today's Highlight in History: 1770: Great Barrier Reef In 1770, Captain James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, "discovered" the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. AP 1955: France Le Mans In 1955, in motor racing's worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators. AP 1962: Alcatraz Escape In 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay staged an escape, leaving the island on a makeshift raft; they were never found or heard from again. AP 1987: Margaret Thatcher In 1987, Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term of office as her Conservatives held onto a reduced majority in Parliament. David Caulkin 1993: Jurassic Park In 1993, the Steven Spielberg science-fiction film "Jurassic Park" opened in wide release two days after its world premiere in Washington, D.C. AP 2001: Timothy McVeigh On June 11, 2001, Timothy McVeigh, 33, was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. AP 2009: Swine Flu Ten years ago: With swine flu reported in more than 70 nations, the World Health Organization declared the first global flu pandemic in 41 years. AP 2014: Chuck Hagel Five years ago: During a Capitol Hill hearing, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel aggressively defended the secret prisoner exchange of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, telling Congress that the risks were too great and the situation too uncertain for the administration to tell lawmakers about the plan. AP 2014: Ruby Dee Five years ago: Acclaimed actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, 91, died in New Rochelle, New York. AP 2018: North Korea Summit One year ago: U.S. and North Korean officials met at a hotel in Singapore to negotiate on the eve of the first summit between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion Research decades of articles the easy way! promotion spotlight How much do you know about Mother's Day?