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, 1,507,680,000 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 ‘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

  • 1138
    A massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria.
  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1634
    The Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” killed around 15,000 men in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
  • 1975
    The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests.
  • 1984
    Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
  • 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?

  • 1815
    Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Italian-born adventurer (d. 1881)
  • 1821
    George Williams, English founder of the YMCA (d. 1905)
  • 1884
    Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and humanitarian (d. 1962)
  • 1937
    Sir Bobby Charlton, English footballer
  • 1965
    Orlando Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • 1965
    Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor
  • 1970
    Chidi Ahanotu, American football player
  • 1974
    Rachel Barton Pine, violinist from Chicago
  • 1983
    William Sledd, American internet personality
  • 1987
    Mike Conley, Jr., American basketball player

Who died on October 11?

  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1636
    Johann Albrecht Adelgrief, German man who claimed to be a prophet and was executed for witchcraft.
  • 1821
    John Ross Key, American judge and lawyer (b. 1754)
  • 1852
    Gotthold Eisenstein, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1896
    Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • 1965
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1971
    Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (b. 1944)
  • 1977
    MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger (b. 1922)

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