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On this day: June 11

Published On: Jun 09 2013 02:41:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 11 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Henry VIII and Catherine
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1509: Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. She would end up being the first of his six wives. Upset that his first marriage had not led to any male heirs and unable to secure an annulment from the Roman Catholic Church, Henry declared the supreme head of the Church of England and ruled the marriage invalid, instead marrying his mistress, Anne Boleyn.


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