July 11 (UPI) -- On this date in history:
In 1847, songwriter Stephen Foster's first major hit, "Oh! Susanna," was performed for the first time, in a Pittsburgh saloon. It soon became a standard for minstrel shows.
In 1859, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities was published.
In 1914, legendary hitter Babe Ruth makes his debut in Major League Baseball.
In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado was dedicated, with 300 cadets in its first class.
In 1960, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was published.
In 1979, Skylab, the United States' first space station, fell to Earth after six years in orbit, scattering tons of debris across the Australian desert.
In 1995, the United States resumed diplomatic relations with Vietnam.
In 1995, Bosnian Serbs claim the town of Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, starting a genocide that would result in the deaths of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys.
In 2006, more than 200 people were killed and another 700 injured in coordinated rush-hour terrorist attacks on the transit system in Mumbai.
In 2011, an overloaded Russian cruise ship with a malfunctioning engine capsized in the Volga River during a thunderstorm and quickly sank, killing 122 people. There were 79 survivors.
In 2014, NBA superstar LeBron James, who left Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and led the Heat to two titles, announced he was returning to the Cavaliers. James, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, said on Sports Illustrated's website: "My relationship with northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now."
In 2015, Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman escaped from a maximum-security Mexican prison on through a 5,000-foot tunnel. It was his second escape from prison, and he would later be caught in January 2016.