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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, 1,455,148,800 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 ‘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

  • 1873
    King Amadeus I of Spain abdicates.
  • 1918
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1938
    BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1943
    World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • 1987
    The Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1874
    Elsa Beskow, Swedish author (d. 1953)
  • 1926
    Paul Bocuse, French chef
  • 1935
    Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer
  • 1941
    Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
  • 1976
    Brice Beckham, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 1685
    David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1982
    Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (b. 1901)
  • 2005
    Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)

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