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What are the important events that happened on February 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 11 is the 42nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 324 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,455,148,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetracontadigon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 352 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,147 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 11 Historical Events

  • 1840
    Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La Fille du Régiment receives its first performance in Paris.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1981
    100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
  • 2011
    Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 2032
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1535
    Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
  • 1921
    Lloyd Bentsen, American politician and 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)
  • 1934
    Tina Louise, American actress
  • 1946
    Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1961
    Mary Docter, American speed skater

Who died on February 11?

  • 1141
    Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1917
    Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1982
    Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (b. 1912)
  • 1986
    Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)

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