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On this day: June 11

Published On: Jun 09 2013 01:41:01 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sir Barton becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown, George Wallace blocks the door at the University of Alabama, John Wayne dies, and the swine flu is declared a global pandemic, all on this day.

OTD June 11 - James Cook
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1770: Captain James Cook discovers the Great Barrier Reef off Australia when he runs aground. The ship was badly damaged and his voyage was delayed almost seven weeks while repairs were carried out on the beach at the mouth of what's now known as the Endeavour River near modern-day Cooktown, Queensland.

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