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, 404,208 hours 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

  • 1752
    Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1840
    Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La Fille du Régiment receives its first performance in Paris.
  • 1889
    Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
  • 1903
    Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1964
    Greeks and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • 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?

  • 1535
    Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
  • 1894
    Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer (d. 1974)
  • 1912
    Roy Fuller, English writer (d. 1991)
  • 1920
    King Farouk I of Egypt (d. 1965)
  • 1956
    Catherine Hickland, American actress
  • 1959
    Bradley Cole, American actor
  • 1967
    Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • 1969
    Jennifer Aniston, American actress
  • 1985
    William Beckett, American singer
  • 1992
    Taylor Lautner, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 1917
    Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1939
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (b. 1874)
  • 1948
    Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet film director (b. 1898)
  • 1954
    Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • 1963
    Sylvia Plath, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1981
    Franz Sondheimer, British chemist (b. 1926)
  • 1994
    Neil Bonnett, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  • 2002
    Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Tom Lantos, American politician (b. 1928)

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