What are the important events that happened on January 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 11 is the 11th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 354 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 29, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,734,880 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 ‘hendecagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 17 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 1,482 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 11 Historical Events

  • 1861
    Alabama secedes from the United States.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: ship CSS encountered and sank the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.
  • 1908
    Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • 1927
    Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1935
    Amelia Earhart is the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1943
    World War II: The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China.
  • 1949
    The first “networked” television broadcasts take place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting the east coast and mid-west programming.
  • 1994
    The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin.
  • 1996
    Space Shuttle program: STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.
  • 1998
    Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 347
    Roman Emperor Theodosius I “the Great” (d. 395)
  • 1671
    François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie, French military leader (d. 1745)
  • 1859
    Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, British statesman, Viceroy of India (d. 1925)
  • 1885
    Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (d. 1965)
  • 1926
    Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1998)
  • 1952
    Diana Gabaldon, American author
  • 1981
    Tom Meighan, English singer (Kasabian)
  • 1983
    Matthew Palleschi, Canadian soccer player
  • 1983
    Ted Richards, Australian rules footballer
  • 1987
    Daniel Semenzato, Italian footballer

Who died on January 11?

  • 1914
    Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery is named (b. 1842)
  • 1928
    Thomas Hardy, English writer (b. 1840)
  • 1958
    Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1966
    Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1978
    Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1981
    Beulah Bondi, American actress (b. 1888)
  • 1986
    Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • 1987
    Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    Ray Moore, Radio 2 DJ (b. 1942)
  • 2002
    Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)

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