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

October 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 11 is the 284th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 28, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 418,800 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 ‘dihectaoctacontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 131 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 1,755 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 11 Historical Events

  • 1614
    Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Valcour Island – On Lake Champlain a fleet of American boats is defeated by the Royal Navy, but delays the British advance until 1777.
  • 1797
    Battle of Camperdown: Naval battle between Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars. The outcome of the battle was a decisive British victory.
  • 1890
    In Washington, DC, the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
  • 1906
    San Francisco public school board sparks United States diplomatic crisis with Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
  • 1950
    Television: CBS’s mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
  • 1962
    Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
  • 1976
    George Washington’s appointment, posthumously, to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 is approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
  • 1986
    Cold War: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, in an effort to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe.

Who were born on October 11?

  • 1788
    Simon Sechter, Austrian music teacher (d. 1867)
  • 1809
    Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist (d. 1887)
  • 1844
    Henry Heinz, American food manufacturer (d. 1916)
  • 1899
    Eddie Dyer, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1941
    Charles Shyer, American film director
  • 1953
    David Morse, American actor
  • 1954
    Vojislav Seselj, Serbian politician
  • 1960
    Randy Breuer, American basketball player
  • 1966
    Todd Snider, American singer-songwriter
  • 1974
    Terje Haakonsen, Norwegian snowboarder

Who died on October 11?

  • 1188
    Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France
  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1896
    Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • 1991
    Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 1996
    Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 2000
    Luc-Marie Bayle, French naval officer and artist (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • 2007
    David Lee “Tex” Hill, World War II fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (b. 1915)

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