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

  • 630
    Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.
  • 1693
    Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
  • 1779
    Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 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.
  • 1805
    The Michigan Territory is created.
  • 1861
    Alabama secedes from the United States.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: ship CSS encountered and sank the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.
  • 1917
    The Kingsland munitions factory explosion occurs as a result of sabotage.
  • 1964
    United States Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., publishes a landmark report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking nation- and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.
  • 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?

  • 1870
    Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor (d. 1945)
  • 1890
    Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (d. 1954)
  • 1905
    Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
  • 1930
    Rod Taylor, Australian-born American actor
  • 1942
    George Mira, American Football Player
  • 1943
    Jim Hightower, American radio host, author, and activist
  • 1963
    Dean Reynolds, English snooker player
  • 1966
    Kelley Law, Canadian curler
  • 1978
    Emile Heskey, English footballer
  • 1985
    Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver

Who died on January 11?

  • 314
    St. Miltiades
  • 1547
    Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
  • 1696
    Charles Albanel, French missionary explorer in Canada (b. 1616)
  • 1753
    Sir Hans Sloane, Ulster-Scot physician and collector (b. 1660)
  • 1957
    Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • 1968
    Moshe Zvi Segal, Israeli linguist and Talmudic scholar, and Israel Prize recipient (b. 1876)
  • 1988
    Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, American World War II Marine aviator (b. 1912)
  • 2002
    Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Mickey Finn, English drummer (T.Rex) (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)

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