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, 1,452,470,400 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 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

  • 1569
    First recorded lottery in England.
  • 1693
    Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
  • 1787
    William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.
  • 1838
    Samuel Morse first successfully tests the electrical telegraph.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: ship CSS encountered and sank the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.
  • 1908
    Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • 1935
    Amelia Earhart is the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1949
    First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California.
  • 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.

Who were born on January 11?

  • 1630
    John Rogers, American educator (d. 1684)
  • 1807
    Ezra Cornell, American businessman and university founder (d. 1874)
  • 1895
    Laurens Hammond, American inventor (d. 1973)
  • 1924
    Slim Harpo, American musician (d. 1970)
  • 1938
    Fischer Black, American economist (d. 1995)
  • 1946
    Tony Kaye, British piano and organ player (Yes)
  • 1948
    Fritz Bohla, German football player and manager
  • 1979
    Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
  • 1989
    Darko Bodul, Croatian footballer
  • 1989
    Sammy Carlson, American freeskier

Who died on January 11?

  • 1836
    John Molson, Canadian brewer (b. 1763)
  • 1882
    Theodor Schwann, German physiologist (b. 1810)
  • 1941
    Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1944
    Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law (b. 1903)
  • 1969
    Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • 1999
    Fabrizio De André, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2001
    Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • 2003
    Richard Simmons, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter and boxer (b. 1905)

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