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 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 355 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 29, 2015 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,452,470,400 seconds 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 28 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 1,116 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 11 Historical Events

  • 1158
    Vladislav II becomes King of Bohemia.
  • 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.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: ship CSS encountered and sank the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.
  • 1943
    World War II: The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China.
  • 1946
    Enver Hoxha declares the People’s Republic of Albania with himself as president.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • 1972
    East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
  • 1986
    The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1755
    Alexander Hamilton, Nevis born American Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher; 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1804)
  • 1873
    John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (d. 1949)
  • 1926
    Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1998)
  • 1935
    Ghita Nørby, Danish actress
  • 1942
    George Mira, American Football Player
  • 1948
    Fritz Bohla, German football player and manager
  • 1952
    Lee Ritenour, American musician and composer
  • 1970
    Malcolm D. Lee, American actor, film director, and screenwriter
  • 1977
    Anni Friesinger-Postma, German speed skater
  • 1979
    Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer

Who died on January 11?

  • 314
    St. Miltiades
  • 1791
    William Williams Pantycelyn, Welsh hymnist (b. 1717)
  • 1836
    John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1867
    Sir Stuart Donaldson, first Premier of the Colony of New South Wales (b. 1812)
  • 1958
    Alec Rowley, English composer (b. 1892)
  • 1968
    Moshe Zvi Segal, Israeli linguist and Talmudic scholar, and Israel Prize recipient (b. 1876)
  • 1979
    Jack Soo, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1983
    Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator (b. 1894)
  • 1988
    Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1988
    Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, American World War II Marine aviator (b. 1912)

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