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, 412,992 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 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

  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1889
    Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
  • 1903
    Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
  • 1918
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1937
    A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union.
  • 1939
    A Lockheed XP-38 flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1964
    Greeks and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • 1964
    The Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) breaks off diplomatic relations with France.
  • 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?

  • 1800
    Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and inventor (d. 1877)
  • 1891
    J.W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1941
    Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
  • 1967
    Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • 1974
    Nick Barmby, English footballer
  • 1976
    Jorge Luís, Brazilian footballer
  • 1979
    Brandy, American singer and actress
  • 1991
    Christofer Ingle, American musician (Never Shout Never)
  • 1992
    Taylor Lautner, American actor
  • 1994
    Dominic Janes, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 244
    Gordian III, Emperor of Rome
  • 1141
    Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1755
    Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1797
    Antoine Dauvergne, French composer (b. 1713)
  • 1948
    Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet film director (b. 1898)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1968
    Howard Lindsay, American playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1976
    Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • 1994
    Sorrell Booke, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2000
    Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)

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