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

  • 1794
    First session of United States Senate open to the public.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1903
    Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
  • 1937
    A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1971
    Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 1975
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 1978
    Censorship: the People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • 1987
    The Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1377
    King Ladislaus of Naples (d. 1414)
  • 1813
    Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1900
    Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1903
    Hans Redlich, Austrian composer (d. 1968)
  • 1920
    King Farouk I of Egypt (d. 1965)
  • 1921
    Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1960
    Richard Mastracchio, NASA astronaut
  • 1974
    Alex Jones, American radio host
  • 1976
    André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor
  • 1985
    Harris Allan, Canadian actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 1141
    Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1650
    René Descartes, French philosopher (b. 1596)
  • 1763
    William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1967
    Tran Tu Binh, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1985
    Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (b. 1901)
  • 1986
    Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • 1986
    Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian philosopher (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Peter Benchley, American author (b. 1940)

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