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, 24,252,480 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 ‘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

  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1840
    Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La Fille du Régiment receives its first performance in Paris.
  • 1843
    Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi receives its first performance in Milan.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1929
    Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 1938
    BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1971
    Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 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?

  • 1904
    Sir Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • 1930
    Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Larry Merchant, American sportswriter
  • 1947
    Joselito, Spanish singer
  • 1947
    Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese politician
  • 1963
    Diane Franklin, American actress
  • 1967
    Ty Treadway, American actor
  • 1980
    Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 1982
    Jürgen Schmid, German footballer
  • 1991
    Christofer Ingle, American musician (Never Shout Never)

Who died on February 11?

  • 1879
    Honoré Daumier, French caricaturist and painter (b. 1808)
  • 1939
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (b. 1874)
  • 1975
    Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • 1976
    Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • 1986
    Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2010
    Vance A. Larson, American artist (b. 1951)

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