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

  • 1531
    Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 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.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1873
    King Amadeus I of Spain abdicates.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1971
    Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 1997
    Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1869
    Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1909
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)
  • 1934
    Mary Quant, English fashion designer
  • 1947
    Roy Carrier, American Zydeco musician (d. 2010)
  • 1960
    Nick Currie, Scottish musician
  • 1965
    Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • 1982
    Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1983
    Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
  • 1985
    Harris Allan, Canadian actor
  • 1985
    William Beckett, American singer

Who died on February 11?

  • 1685
    David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)
  • 1762
    Johann Tobias Krebs, German composer (b. 1690)
  • 1763
    William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1917
    Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1994
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian philosopher (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)

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