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 - Jacques Cousteau
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1910: Marine explorer, conservationist and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau, who popularized underwater exploration and pioneered marine conservation, is born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, France. Cousteau, who co-developed the Aqua-Lung, also filmed more than 120 television documentaries, wrote more than 50 books, and created an environmental protection foundation with 300,000 members. He died of a heart attack at the age of 87 on June 25, 1997.

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