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

  • 660 BC
    Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
  • 1752
    Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1903
    Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
  • 1990
    Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1997
    Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 2011
    Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 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?

  • 1813
    Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1914
    Matt Dennis, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1920
    Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1934
    Tina Louise, American actress
  • 1936
    Burt Reynolds, American actor
  • 1938
    Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1973
    Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist
  • 1980
    Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1982
    Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1984
    Maxime Talbot, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on February 11?

  • 244
    Gordian III, Emperor of Rome
  • 1503
    Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
  • 1917
    Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1931
    Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1939
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (b. 1874)
  • 1963
    Sylvia Plath, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1989
    George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
  • 2006
    Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)

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