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

December 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 11 is the 346th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 20 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 28, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 411,504 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 ‘trihectatetracontahexagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 48 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 1,451 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 11 Historical Events

  • 1907
    The New Zealand Parliament Buildings are almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1917
    British General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot and declares martial law.
  • 1960
    French forces crack down in a violent clash with protesters in French Algeria during a visit by French president Charles de Gaulle.
  • 1962
    Arthur Lucas, convicted of murder, is the last person to be executed in Canada.
  • 1964
    Che Guevara speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

Who were born on December 11?

  • 1843
    Robert Koch, German bacteriologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1910)
  • 1873
    Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1939
    Tom Hayden, American politician and activist
  • 1946
    Susan Kyle (aka Diana Palmer, Susan S. Kyle, Diana Blayne, Katy Currie), American writer
  • 1956
    Lani Brockman, American actress, director and playwright

Who died on December 11?

  • 1226
    Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1978
    Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Willie Rushton, English cartoonist and magazine publisher (b. 1937)
  • 1998
    Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • 2008
    Bettie Page, American model (b. 1923)

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