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, 24,252,480 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 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

  • 1794
    First session of United States Senate open to the public.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1812
    Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry “gerrymanders” for the first time.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1889
    Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
  • 1937
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1649
    William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1833
    Melville Weston Fuller, American jurist and 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
  • 1909
    Max Baer, American boxer and actor (d. 1959)
  • 1920
    Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., American general (d. 1978)
  • 1956
    Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • 1961
    Carey Lowell, American actress
  • 1962
    Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 1974
    Nick Barmby, English footballer
  • 1983
    Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1990
    Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal, Jordanian royalty

Who died on February 11?

  • 1160
    Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
  • 1503
    Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
  • 1755
    Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1763
    William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1862
    Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1996
    Cyril Poole, English cricketer (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Peter Benchley, American author (b. 1940)
  • 2008
    Tom Lantos, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2010
    Vance A. Larson, American artist (b. 1951)
  • 2011
    Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)

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