On this day: June 11

Published On: Jun 09 2013 01:41:01 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2014 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 - John Wayne
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1979: Actor, director and producer John Wayne, a top box office draw for decades and an enduring American film legend, dies of stomach cancer at the age of 72 in Los Angeles, California. Wayne was best known for his westerns, including "The Big Trail," "Stagecoach," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "The Searchers," "The Alamo," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," "Rio Bravo," "True Grit" and "The Shootist." He also starred in movies like "The Quiet Man," "Sands of Iwo Jima," "The High and the Mighty" and "The Green Berets."

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