On this day: April 11

Published On: Apr 08 2013 03:27:16 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

Napoleon abdicates, Bob Dylan makes his professional debut, the Apple I is created, Idi Amin is deposed, and Halley's Comet does a cosmic drive-by of the Earth, all on this day.

OTD April 11 - Joseph Merrick
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1890: Joseph Merrick, an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the "Elephant Man," dies of asphyxia, caused by the weight of his head as he lay down, at the age of 27 in London, England. Merrick became well known in London society after he went to live at London Hospital in 1886. His life would become the subject of the play "The Elephant Man" in 1979 and a movie adaptation of the same name in 1980.

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