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

  • 1531
    Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1826
    Swaminarayan writes the Shikshapatri, an important text within the Swaminarayan faith.
  • 1916
    Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
  • 1929
    Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1953
    The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1975
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 1981
    100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1657
    Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (d. 1757)
  • 1890
    David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1900
    Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1920
    Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1934
    Mel Carnahan, American politician and 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1937
    Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer
  • 1957
    Peter Klashorst, Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer
  • 1967
    Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • 1975
    Andy Lally, American racing driver
  • 1976
    Tony Battie, American basketball player

Who died on February 11?

  • 1763
    William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1959
    Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1963
    John Olof Dahlgren, American recipient of the Medal of Honor (b. 1872)
  • 1982
    Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 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)
  • 1993
    George A. Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co. (b. 1922)
  • 1994
    William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)

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