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

  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1826
    Swaminarayan writes the Shikshapatri, an important text within the Swaminarayan faith.
  • 1843
    Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi receives its first performance in Milan.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 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”.
  • 1953
    President Dwight Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
  • 1953
    The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1968
    Israeli-Jordanian border clashes.
  • 1975
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 2008
    Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1917
    Sidney Sheldon, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1919
    Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
  • 1939
    Jane Yolen, American author
  • 1949
    Guy Cloutier, French-Canadian music executive; father of Véronique Cloutier
  • 1957
    Peter Klashorst, Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer
  • 1963
    Diane Franklin, American actress
  • 1976
    Jorge Luís, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983
    Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
  • 1983
    Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress
  • 1990
    Go Ara, South Korean actress (SM Entertainment)

Who died on February 11?

  • 1160
    Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
  • 1503
    Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
  • 1685
    David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)
  • 1940
    John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1875)
  • 1967
    A.J. Muste, American peace activist (b. 1885)
  • 1972
    Jan Wils, Dutch architect (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Lee J Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Vance A. Larson, American artist (b. 1951)

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