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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,486,771,200 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 373 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 1,513 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.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1873
    King Amadeus I of Spain abdicates.
  • 1937
    A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union.
  • 1943
    World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • 1953
    The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1979
    Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1997
    Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 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?

  • 1764
    Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (d. 1811)
  • 1776
    Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1860
    Rachilde, French author (d. 1953)
  • 1872
    Hannah Mitchell, English socialist and suffragette (d. 1956)
  • 1891
    J.W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1902
    Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • 1937
    Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer
  • 1959
    Deborah Meaden, British entrepreneur
  • 1961
    Carey Lowell, American actress
  • 1980
    Matthew Lawrence, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 641
    Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
  • 1829
    Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (b. 1795)
  • 1862
    Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1981
    Franz Sondheimer, British chemist (b. 1926)
  • 1996
    Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2011
    Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)

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