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

  • 630
    Muhammad leads an army of 10,000 to conquer Mecca.
  • 1779
    Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1872
    George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • 1890
    Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian author (d. 1954)
  • 1931
    Betty Churcher, Australian museum director and curator
  • 1932
    Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
  • 1951
    Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1957
    Bryan Robson, English footballer and manager
  • 1970
    Rick Hendrix, American writer
  • 1976
    Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player
  • 1978
    Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1983
    Ted Richards, Australian rules footballer

Who died on January 11?

  • 1836
    John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1905
    Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)
  • 1914
    Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer and patron of the arts after whom the Carlsberg brewery is named (b. 1842)
  • 1928
    Thomas Hardy, English writer (b. 1840)
  • 1931
    James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1958
    Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1985
    Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 1987
    Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    Jimmy Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)

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