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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

  • 55
    Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1939
    A Lockheed XP-38 flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
  • 1975
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1764
    Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (d. 1811)
  • 1921
    Lloyd Bentsen, American politician and 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)
  • 1938
    Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1964
    Sarah Palin, American politician and 9th Governor of Alaska
  • 1981
    Kelly Rowland, American singer

Who died on February 11?

  • 1862
    Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1977
    Louis Beel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)

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