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 - Detroit fire
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Detroit city flag

1805: A fire consumes large portions of Detroit in the Michigan Territory. A river warehouse and brick chimneys of the wooden homes were the sole structures to survive. Detroit's motto and state seal reference the fire.

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