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, 1,476,144,000 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 ‘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

  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.
  • 1634
    The Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” killed around 15,000 men in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1809
    Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand.
  • 1811
    Inventor John Stevens’ boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).
  • 1852
    The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1890
    In Washington, DC, the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance – On the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, United States Navy ships intercept and defeat a Japanese fleet on their way to reinforce troops on the island.
  • 1962
    Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
  • 2002
    A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.

Who were born on October 11?

  • 1865
    Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian author and philologist (d. 1926)
  • 1930
    LaVell Edwards, American football coach
  • 1932
    Dottie West, American singer (d. 1991)
  • 1946
    Daryl Hall, American rock singer
  • 1954
    Vojislav Seselj, Serbian politician
  • 1971
    MC Lyte, American rapper
  • 1973
    Steven Pressley, Scottish footballer
  • 1979
    Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Jeff Larish, American Baseball Player
  • 1993
    Sean Murray, Irish footballer

Who died on October 11?

  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1347
    Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1282)
  • 1809
    Meriwether Lewis, American explorer (b. 1774)
  • 1889
    James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • 1965
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1996
    Renato Russo, Brazilian rock singer-songwriter (b. 1960)
  • 1998
    Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 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)
  • 2008
    Ernst-Paul Hasselbach, Dutch tv-host and producer (b. 1966)

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