spotlight Highlights from history: August 11 Aug 11, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1949: Omar N. Bradley In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated General Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1956: Jackson Pollock In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, died in an automobile accident on Long Island, New York. MARY ALTAFFER 1964: "A Hard Day's Night" In 1964, the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night" had its U.S. premiere in New York. Anonymous 1965: Watts Riots In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. AP 1984: Los Angeles Olympics In 1984, at the Los Angeles Olympics, American runner Mary Decker fell after colliding with South African-born British competitor Zola Budd in the 3,000-meter final; Budd finished seventh. TENENBAUM 1992: Mall of America On August 11, 1992, the Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping-entertainment center, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. Jim Mone 1993: Joint Chiefs of Staff In 1993, President Bill Clinton named Army Gen. John Shalikashvili to be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding the retiring Gen. Colin Powell. Doug Mills 1997: Clinton line-item veto In 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the historic line-item veto, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the veto as unconstitutional.) RUTH FREMSON 2009: Aung San Suu Kyi Ten years ago: A Myanmar court found democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to visit her home; she was ordered to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest. Junji Kurokawa 2009: Eunice Shriver Kennedy Ten years ago: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, died in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, at age 88. DAVID KARP 2012: Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan In 2012, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney announced his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate. Jason E. Miczek 2012: Usain Bolt In 2012, Usain Bolt capped his perfect London Olympics by leading Jamaica to victory in a world-record 36.84 seconds in the 4x100 meters. David J. Phillip 2014: Robin Williams Five years ago: Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, 63, died in Tiburon, California, a suicide. Kevork Djansezian 2018: Chris Collins One year ago: Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins of New York ended his re-election bid, days after his indictment on insider trading charges. J. Scott Applewhite 2018: Omarosa Maniguault One year ago: President Donald Trump said former White House staffer and reality-TV star Omarosa Maniguault Newman was a "lowlife"; Manigualt Newman had been promoting a book in which she said Trump is a racist who had used racial slurs on the set of "The Apprentice." Mary Altaffer 2018: VS Naipaul One year ago: Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul died at his London home at the age of 85. 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