On August 11 in
1909 The liner Araphoe, its engines disabled in the waters off Cape Hatteras, sent out the first radio SOS in history.
1919 Andrew Carnegie died, leaving a will that provided annuities for the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Lloyd George, former President William Howard Taft, and for the widows of former presidents Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt.
1954 A formal announcement of peace ended the conflict in Indochina between Vietminh forces and the French.
In The Star
75 years ago, Aug. 11, 1939, in The Star: Federal aid for school systems in all states of the union was advocated today by Alabama Sen. Lister Hill in his baccalaureate address at Jacksonville State Teachers College. Degrees were conferred upon 105 and two-year course diplomas were awarded to 108. Sen. Hill acknowledged that many other states pay more per student than Alabama does to educate their children, but noted Alabama is trying to use its resources equitably, to provide equal opportunity whether a child lives in an industrial section or in a poor rural county. Also this date: The number of telephones now operated through the Anniston exchange currently numbers 3,169. The next edition of the local telephone book will have its own classified business directory listing, according to Drayton Bernhard Jr., manager of the local office of the Southern Bell Telephone Company. The company has extended a rural telephone line to Weaver and is in the process of constructing one to Dearmanville and Chocccolocco. Lines are also being extended into the Golden Springs and Eastaboga communities.
25 years ago, Aug. 11, 1989, in The Star: Football season at Jacksonville will kick off this year with a moment of silence and other schools in Calhoun County will likely follow with their own alternatives to the pre-game prayer. Although several school administrators once said they intended to ignore a Supreme Court ruling against organized, pre-game prayer, most in Calhoun County now say they are leaning toward changing their policies. Jacksonville's school board led the way last night with a resolution that prohibits prayer before all school-related events. The decisions to comply may have resulted from advice given at the recent conference of the Alabama Association of School Boards and Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys. Board members were told they could be sued personally, said Jacksonville's Board President Jadie M. Boozer. “After talking with other attorneys and other schools that have spent close to $200,000 to try to fight this, it was decided that the reasonable thing is just to follow the law, which is what we're supposed to do anyway even though we disagree with it,” Boozer said.
Birthdays for August 11
Steve Wozniak, one of the Apple gods, is 64. “Rassler” Hulk Hogan is 61. Acclaimed Broadway actress Viola Davis is 49. Actress Anna Gunn (Skyler White on Breaking Bad) is 46. Boy meets age: Actor Will Friedle is 38. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor, the Red Dawn remake) is 31. Georgia-born baseball player Colby Rasmus, who in 1999 made it to the Little League World Series finals with a team from Phenix City, is 28. Anti-bullying rapper TJ Prodigy is 14.