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, 412,248 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 ‘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

  • 630
    Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.
  • 1569
    First recorded lottery in England.
  • 1571
    Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post – General John McClernand and Admiral David Dixon Porter capture the Arkansas River for the Union.
  • 1879
    The Anglo-Zulu War begins.
  • 1923
    Occupation of the Ruhr: Troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area to force Germany to make its World War I reparation payments.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Henry Lee Lucas, once listed as America’s most prolific serial killer, commits his first known murder.
  • 1986
    The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1839
    Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (d. 1903)
  • 1878
    Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general (d. 1952)
  • 1895
    Laurens Hammond, American inventor (d. 1973)
  • 1934
    Jean Chrétien, Canadian statesman, 20th Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1942
    Charles Acton, American basketball player
  • 1952
    Michael Forshaw, Australian politician
  • 1957
    Darryl Dawkins, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, Prince of Austria and Prince Royal of Hungary
  • 1974
    Roman Görtz, German footballer
  • 1975
    Dan Luger, English rugby player

Who died on January 11?

  • 802
    St. Paulinus II of Aquileia
  • 1920
    Steinar Schjøtt, Norwegian educator, philologist and lexicographer (b. 1844)
  • 1941
    Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1961
    Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • 1988
    Isidor Isaac Rabi, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1989
    Ray Moore, Radio 2 DJ (b. 1942)
  • 1995
    Theodor Wisch, German general (SS) (b. 1907)
  • 1999
    Brian Moore, Irish-born writer (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank’s diary (b. 1909)

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