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, 1,484,092,800 seconds 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

  • 1759
    In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated.
  • 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.
  • 1922
    First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • 1935
    Amelia Earhart is the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1943
    World War II: The United States and United Kingdom give up territorial rights in China.
  • 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.
  • 1986
    The Gateway Bridge, Brisbane in Queensland, Australia is officially opened.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1359
    Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (d. 1393)
  • 1786
    Joseph Jackson Lister, English opticist and physicist (d. 1869)
  • 1800
    Ányos Jedlik, Hungarian physicist (d. 1895)
  • 1839
    Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (d. 1903)
  • 1864
    Thomas Dixon, American playwright and legislator (d. 1946)
  • 1887
    Aldo Leopold, American ecologist (d. 1948)
  • 1905
    Manfred B Lee, American author (d. 1971)
  • 1910
    Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (d. 1975)
  • 1934
    Sir C. A. R. Hoare, British computer scientist
  • 1962
    Susan Lindauer, American peace activist and accused spy

Who died on January 11?

  • 1703
    Johann Georg Graevius, German classical scholar and critic (b. 1632)
  • 1882
    Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810)
  • 1904
    William Sawyer, Canadian politician (b. 1815)
  • 1965
    Wally Pipp, American Major League Baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1980
    Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • 1987
    Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1988
    Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, American World War II Marine aviator (b. 1912)
  • 1994
    Helmut Poppendick, Nazi physician (b. 1902)
  • 1998
    Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)

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