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 - ET the Extra-Terrestrial
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1982: Steven Spielberg's science-fiction film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" premieres in theaters. The movie became a box office hit, breaking records by surpassing the $100-million mark of ticket sales in the first 31 days of its opening. It also surpassed "Star Wars" to become the highest-grossing film of all time -- a record it held for 10 years until "Jurassic Park," another Spielberg-directed film, surpassed it in 1993.

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