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 285th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 410,040 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 ‘dihectaoctacontapentagon’ 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 109 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 1,390 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 11 Historical Events

  • 1138
    A massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria.
  • 1649
    Sack of Wexford: After a ten-day siege, English New Model Army troops (under Oliver Cromwell) stormed the town of Wexford, killing over 2,000 Irish Confederate troops and 1,500 civilians.
  • 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.
  • 1852
    The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1958
    Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
  • 1972
    A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    Start of Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka that killed few thousand ethnic Tamil civilians, several hundred Tamil Tigers and few hundred Indian Army soldiers.

Who were born on October 11?

  • 1899
    Eddie Dyer, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1924
    André Emmerich, American gallerist (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    Charles Shyer, American film director
  • 1944
    Rodney Marsh, English Footballer
  • 1958
    Gregory Dudek, Canadian roboticist and computer scientist
  • 1959
    Wayne Gardner, Australian racing driver
  • 1963
    Ronny Rosenthal, Israeli footballer
  • 1973
    Steven Pressley, Scottish footballer
  • 1982
    Kristy Wu, American Actress
  • 1982
    Liz Cantor, Australian journalist

Who died on October 11?

  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (b. 1484)
  • 1897
    Léon Boëllmann, French composer (b. 1862)
  • 1961
    Chico Marx, American comedian (b. 1887)
  • 1965
    Dorothea Lange, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1971
    Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (b. 1944)
  • 1977
    MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1991
    Redd Foxx, American comedian and actor (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Joe Morris, C.C., LL.D., Canadian trade unionist (b. 1913)
  • 2004
    Keith Miller, Australian sportsman (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Angelo DiGeorge, Italian-American pediatric endocrinologist (b. 1922)

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