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.
  • 1787
    William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.
  • 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.
  • 1935
    Amelia Earhart is the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japan declares war on the Netherlands and invades the Netherlands East Indies.
  • 1943
    Italian-American Anarchist Carlo Tresca is assassinated in New York
  • 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.
  • 1962
    An avalanche on Huascaran in Peru causes 4,000 deaths.
  • 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?

  • 1788
    William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
  • 1825
    Bayard Taylor, American poet (d. 1878)
  • 1885
    Alice Paul, American women’s rights activist (d. 1977)
  • 1905
    Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
  • 1908
    Lionel Stander, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1942
    George Mira, American Football Player
  • 1943
    Jim Hightower, American radio host, author, and activist
  • 1962
    Kim Coles, American actress
  • 1963
    Dean Reynolds, English snooker player
  • 1984
    Dario Krešić, Croatian goalkeeper at Greek club PAOK F.C.

Who died on January 11?

  • 1547
    Pietro Bembo, Italian author, literary theorist, and Catholic cardinal (b. 1470)
  • 1762
    Louis-François Roubiliac, French sculptor (b. 1695)
  • 1763
    Caspar Abel, German theologian, historian, and poet (b. 1676)
  • 1771
    Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (b. 1704)
  • 1891
    Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, French civic planner (b. 1809)
  • 1958
    Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1986
    Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • 1989
    Ray Moore, Radio 2 DJ (b. 1942)
  • 2001
    Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)

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