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

  • 1634
    The Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” killed around 15,000 men in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    Campina Grande, Brazil is established as a city.
  • 1950
    Television: CBS’s mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • 1957
    Space Race: M.I.T. scientists calculate Sputnik I’s booster rocket’s orbit.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1872
    Emily Davison, Militant womans suffrage activist (d. 1913)
  • 1872
    Harlan Fiske Stone, 12th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1946)
  • 1932
    Dottie West, American singer (d. 1991)
  • 1954
    Vojislav Seselj, Serbian politician
  • 1966
    Solofa Fatu, aka Rikishi, American professional wrestler
  • 1967
    Tazz, American professional wrestler and commentator
  • 1970
    Constance Zimmer, American actress
  • 1971
    Petra Haden, American musician
  • 1979
    Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
  • 1989
    Michelle Wie, American golfer

Who died on October 11?

  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1708
    Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (b. 1651)
  • 1809
    Meriwether Lewis, American explorer (b. 1774)
  • 1896
    Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (b. 1824)
  • 1940
    Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1965
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1991
    Redd Foxx, American comedian and actor (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 2005
    Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    David Lee “Tex” Hill, World War II fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)

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