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, 403,464 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 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

  • 1055
    Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1794
    Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
  • 1838
    Samuel Morse first successfully tests the electrical telegraph.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post – General John McClernand and Admiral David Dixon Porter capture the Arkansas River for the Union.
  • 1917
    The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage.
  • 1922
    First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Japanese capture Kuala Lumpur.
  • 1957
    The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • 1972
    East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1788
    William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
  • 1868
    Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (d. 1940)
  • 1875
    Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (d. 1956)
  • 1938
    John August Swanson, American artist
  • 1942
    Clarence Clemons, American musician (E Street Band) (d. 2011)
  • 1972
    Marc Blucas, American actor
  • 1975
    Rory Fitzpatrick, American ice hockey player
  • 1982
    Tony Allen, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Kevin Boss, American football player
  • 1997
    Cody Simpson, Australian singer-songwriter

Who died on January 11?

  • 1902
    Johnny Briggs, English cricketer (b. 1862)
  • 1957
    Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1958
    Alec Rowley, English composer (b. 1892)
  • 1966
    Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1988
    Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • 1995
    Theodor Wisch, German general (SS) (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (b. 1925)
  • 2003
    Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)

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