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, 24,779,520 minutes 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

  • 244
    Emperor Gordian III is murdered by mutinous soldiers in Zaitha (Mesopotamia). A mound is raised at Carchemish in his memory.
  • 1659
    The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1861
    American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 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.
  • 1953
    President Dwight Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1987
    The Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1819
    Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (d. 1890)
  • 1829
    The Rev. Samuel Lodge, English clergyman, author and headmaster (d. 1897)
  • 1872
    Hannah Mitchell, English socialist and suffragette (d. 1956)
  • 1931
    Larry Merchant, American sportswriter
  • 1934
    Mel Carnahan, American politician and 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1938
    Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1954
    Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • 1969
    Andreas Hilfiker, Swiss footballer
  • 1989
    Lovi Poe, Filipina singer and television actress
  • 1990
    Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal, Jordanian royalty

Who died on February 11?

  • 1713
    Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1959
    Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1963
    Sylvia Plath, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 1967
    Tran Tu Binh, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1968
    Howard Lindsay, American playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1982
    Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Sorrell Booke, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1994
    William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2011
    Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)

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