On this day: June 11

Published On: Jun 09 2013 01:41:01 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2016 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 - Alcatraz
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1962: Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island. The three fabricated dummy heads and left them in their beds to fool guards and then escaped from their cells through holes they had dug in the walls with spoons over the course of a year. Once out of the prison, they left the island in a raft they assembled from the prison's standard-issue raincoats and contact cement. The FBI's investigation was unable to determine whether the three men successfully escaped or died in the attempt.

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