Today in history – August 11

1929 – Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career.

1934 – The first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.

1965 – Race riots begin in the Watts section of Los Angeles.

1972 – The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” He made the comments while preparing for his weekly radio address.

2006 – The Transportation Security Administration banned all liquids, gels, and aerosols from passenger cabins on airliners one day after a thwarted terrorist attack.