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

December 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 11 is the 346th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 20 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 28, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,690,240 minutes 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 ‘trihectatetracontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 48 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 1,451 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 11 Historical Events

  • 1815
    the U.S. Senate created a select committee on finance and a uniform national currency, predecessor of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
  • 1946
    The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.
  • 1960
    French forces crack down in a violent clash with protesters in French Algeria during a visit by French president Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1972
    Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
  • 1994
    A bomb explodes on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, en route from Manila to Tokyo, killing one. The captain is able to safely land the plane.

Who were born on December 11?

  • 1843
    Robert Koch, German bacteriologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1911
    Val Guest, English film director (d. 2006)
  • 1962
    Ben Browder, American actor
  • 1964
    Justin Currie, Scottish singer and songwriter
  • 1981
    Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer

Who died on December 11?

  • 1737
    John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1941
    John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1989
    Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 2004
    M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • 2007
    Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)

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