1911 in the United States
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|1911 in the United States|
|Years:||1908 1909 1910 – 1911 – 1912 1913 1914|
46 stars (1908–12)
Events from the year 1911 in the United States.
- President: William Howard Taft (Republican)
- Vice President: James S. Sherman (Republican)
- Chief Justice: Edward Douglass White
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Joseph Gurney Cannon (R-Illinois) (until March 4), Champ Clark (D-Missouri) (starting April 4)
- Congress: 61st (until March 4), 62nd (starting March 4)
- January 5 - The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity is founded at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
- January 18 – Eugene Burton Ely lands on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania stationed in San Francisco Bay, marking the first time an aircraft lands on a ship.
- January 30 – The destroyer USS Terry makes the first airplane rescue at sea, saving the life of John McCurdy 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
- January - The Masses socialist magazine begins publication.
- March – The first installment of a serialized version of Frederick Winslow Taylor's monograph, The Principles of Scientific Management, appears in The American Magazine. The complete series runs in the March, April, and May issues, giving a boost to the efficiency movement.
- March 10 – The Kansas legislature approves House Bill Number 906, effectively the first blue sky law in the United States, culminating an effort by Joseph Norman Dolley, Kansas' banking commissioner.
- March 25 – The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City kills 146.
- March 29 – The United States Army formally adopts the M1911 pistol as its standard sidearm, thus giving the gun its 1911 designation.
- April 13 – Mexican Revolution: Rebels take Agua Prieta on the Sonora–Arizona border; government troops take the town back April 17 when the rebel leader "Red" López is drunk.
- April 17 – Southern Methodist University is chartered.
- April 27 – Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the United States Senate.
- April 30 – Sparks from a burning hayshed ignite the Great Fire of 1911, destroying much of downtown Bangor, Maine.
- May 15 – The United States Supreme Court declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be dissolved.
- May 23 – The main branch of the New York Public Library is officially opened.
- May 30 – The first Indianapolis 500-mile auto race is run. The winner is Ray Harroun in the Marmon 'Wasp.'
- June 5 – Charles F. Kettering files US patent 1,150,523, for an electric Engine Starting Device.
- June 15 – IBM is incorporated as the Computing Tabulating Recording Company in New York.
- June 16 – A 772-gram stony meteorite strikes earth in Columbia County, Wisconsin near the village of Kilbourn, damaging a barn.
- July 24 – Hiram Bingham rediscovers Machu Picchu.
- August 8 – Public Law 62-5 sets the number of representatives in the United States House of Representatives at 435 (the law takes effect in 1913).
- September 11 – Middle Tennessee State University is founded in Murfreesboro, Tennessee as Middle Tennessee Normal School.
- September 25 – Groundbreaking for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, begins.
- September 30 – Austin Dam breaks, wiping out the town of Austin, Pennsylvania and continuing downstream about 8 miles into the village of Costello.
- October 7 – Outlaw Elmer McCurdy and "associates" are chased after trying to rob a train in Oklahoma. McCurdy on the run is eventually hunted down and shot by authorities. His body is never claimed and later is chemically petrified. Afterwards his remains serve as sideshow attractions in carnivals until 1976 when they are diagnosed by forensic experts to be McCurdy. McCurdy's body is finally buried in 1976 after a 65 year Odyssey to the grave.
- October 24 – Orville Wright remains in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, setting a new world record that stands for 10 years.
- October 28 – The Rosicrucian Fellowship's international headquarters opens at Mount Ecclesia, Oceanside, California (preceded by its formal constitution on August 8, 1909 at Seattle, Washington).
- November 3 – Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market to compete with the Ford Model T.
- November 11
- November 17 – The Omega Psi Phi fraternity is founded at Howard University.
- December 24 – The Lackawanna Cutoff, the first of two major cutoffs built by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, opens just 3 years after it was built.
- Southern Methodist University is founded in Dallas, Texas.
- February 6 – Ronald Reagan, actor, 33rd Governor of California from 1967 till 1975 and 40th President of the United States from 1981 till 1989. (died 2004)
- March 25 – Jack Ruby, shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who (according to four government investigations) assassinated President John F. Kennedy (died 1967)
- May 27 – Hubert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United States from 1965 till 1969 and United States Senator from Minnesota from 1949 till 1964 and from 1971 till 1978. (died 1978)
- June 27 – In Syracuse, New York, Robert Russell Williams, Jr., who became the commanding officer of USS Finback (SS-230) which rescued on 2 September 1944 then-Lt. George H. W. Bush, USN after he bailed out of his Avenger torpedo bomber seven miles south of Chichi Jima in the Pacific Ocean.
- September 21 – Clair Engle, United States Senator from California from 1959 till 1964. (died 1964)
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- May 30 – Milton Bradley, game pioneer and businessman (born 1836)
- August 11 – Verner Clarges, silent film actor (born 1846)
- October 17 – Abram Williams, United States Senator from California from 1886 till 1887. (born 1832)
- December 21 – Benjamin F. Jonas, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1879 till 1885. (born 1834)
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