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

  • 1826
    Swaminarayan writes the Shikshapatri, an important text within the Swaminarayan faith.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1929
    Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 1937
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1943
    World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1981
    100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
  • 1990
    Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1466
    Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII of England (d. 1503)
  • 1568
    Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1649
    William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1890
    David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1900
    Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1953
    Jeb Bush, American politician and 43rd Governor of Florida
  • 1957
    Mitchell Symons, British writer
  • 1969
    Andreas Hilfiker, Swiss footballer
  • 1983
    Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1987
    Brian Matusz, American baseball player

Who died on February 11?

  • 641
    Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
  • 1141
    Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1862
    Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1868
    Léon Foucault, French astronomer (b. 1819)
  • 1963
    John Olof Dahlgren, American recipient of the Medal of Honor (b. 1872)
  • 1976
    Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • 1981
    Franz Sondheimer, British chemist (b. 1926)
  • 1994
    Sorrell Booke, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1994
    William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2011
    Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)

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