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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,486,771,200 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 373 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 1,513 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 11 Historical Events

  • 1531
    Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1918
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 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”.
  • 1964
    The Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) breaks off diplomatic relations with France.
  • 1979
    Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1981
    100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
  • 2008
    Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1799
    The Blessed Father Basil Anthony Marie Patrice Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)
  • 1829
    The Rev. Samuel Lodge, English clergyman, author and headmaster (d. 1897)
  • 1869
    Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1904
    Sir Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • 1930
    Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1947
    Derek Shulman, English musician
  • 1959
    Roberto Moreno, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1961
    Mary Docter, American speed skater
  • 1976
    Jorge Luís, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982
    Jürgen Schmid, German footballer

Who died on February 11?

  • 641
    Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
  • 821
    Saint Benedict of Aniane
  • 1713
    Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)
  • 1868
    Léon Foucault, French astronomer (b. 1819)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1959
    Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1963
    John Olof Dahlgren, American recipient of the Medal of Honor (b. 1872)
  • 1972
    Jan Wils, Dutch architect (b. 1891)
  • 2002
    Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)

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