(Sunday, May 11, 1862, during the American Civil War) — The ironclad CSS Virginia (built from the remnants of the USS Merrimack), which confronted the Union ironclad USS Monitor in a spectacular stand-off on Mar. 9, 1862, was was scuttled by its crew off today near Craney Island to prevent it from falling into Union hands.
Video: Vice-Presidents of the United States (Fairbanks at 2:10)
(Monday, May 11, 1852) — Charles W. Fairbanks, the 26th Vice President of the United States, was born today in a log cabin in Unionville Center, Ohio. The future U.S. Senator from Indiana would serve as vice president under President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, from 1905 to 1909.