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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 354 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 29, 2014 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 23,682,240 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 39 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 751 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.
  • 1158
    Vladislav II becomes King of Bohemia.
  • 1571
    Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion.
  • 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.
  • 1879
    The Anglo-Zulu War begins.
  • 1917
    The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage.
  • 1957
    The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • 1962
    An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru causes 4,000 deaths.
  • 1972
    East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
  • 1986
    The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1757
    Samuel Bentham, English mechanical engineer (d. 1831)
  • 1839
    Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (d. 1903)
  • 1858
    Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • 1948
    Terry Williams, Welsh rock drummer (Dire Straits)
  • 1952
    Diana Gabaldon, American author
  • 1961
    Jasper Fforde, British author
  • 1970
    Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
  • 1974
    Roman Görtz, German footballer
  • 1976
    Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player
  • 1985
    Rie Fu, Japanese singer

Who died on January 11?

  • 844
    Michael I Rhangabes, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1771
    Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1901
    Vasily Kalinnikov, Russian composer (b. 1866)
  • 1972
    Padraic Colum, Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and collector of folklore (b. 1881)
  • 1978
    Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • 1987
    Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 2000
    Ivan Combe, American inventor (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Jimmy Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)

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