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    This day in history

    Saturday, May 11, is the 131st day of 2013. There are 234 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 86. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is 80. Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is 61. Actress Frances Fisher is 61. Actor Tim Blake Nelson is 49. Actor Jeffrey Donovan is 45.

    In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland.


    In 1858, Minnesota became the 32d state of the Union.

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    In 1862, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was scuttled by its crew off Craney Island, Va., to prevent it from falling into Union hands.

    In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

    In 1950, President Truman formally dedicated the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.

    In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.


    In 1973, the ‘‘Pentagon Papers’’ espionage trial of Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo came to an end as Judge William M. Byrne dismissed all charges, citing government misconduct.

    In 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at age 36. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘‘Cats’’ opened in London.

    In 1996, a ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly
    after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.

    In 2012, a Chicago jury convicted Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law, William Balfour, of murdering her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew. (Balfour was later sentenced to life in prison.)