On this day: June 11

Posted: 2:41 AM EDT Jun 09, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jun 11, 2015

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.

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2014: Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, dies at age 91 at her New Rochelle, New York, home. Dee -- often with her late husband, Ossie Davis -- was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. Some of her best known movie roles came in "The Jackie Robinson Story," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Edge of the City" and "Do the Right Thing," and she also earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in 2007's "American Gangster."

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