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What are the important events that happened on February 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 11 is the 42nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 324 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,252,480 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 ‘tetracontadigon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 352 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 1,147 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 11 Historical Events

  • 1918
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1939
    A Lockheed XP-38 flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1943
    World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1847
    Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor (d. 1931)
  • 1949
    Guy Cloutier, French-Canadian music executive; father of Véronique Cloutier
  • 1970
    Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician
  • 1989
    Lovi Poe, Filipina singer and television actress
  • 1994
    Dominic Janes, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 1959
    Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1982
    Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • 2000
    Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)

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