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.
  • 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.
  • 1899
    Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.
  • 1910
    Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Greek Army liberates the city of Kozani.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Tuvinian People’s Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva is annexed by the U.S.S.R
  • 1982
    The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth.
  • 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?

  • 1881
    Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal theorist (d. 1973)
  • 1936
    Tom Zé, Brazilian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer
  • 1944
    Mike Fiore, American baseball player
  • 1957
    Paul Sereno, American paleontologist
  • 1960
    Nicola Bryant, English actress
  • 1961
    Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • 1962
    Joan Cusack, American actress and comedian
  • 1967
    Daniel Razon, Vice Presiding Minister, Church of God International
  • 1968
    Jane Krakowski, American actress
  • 1971
    MC Lyte, American rapper

Who died on October 11?

  • 1721
    Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1636)
  • 1779
    Kazimierz Pułaski, Polish fighter for American independence (b. 1745)
  • 1821
    John Ross Key, American judge and lawyer (b. 1754)
  • 1940
    Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1977
    MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1988
    Bonita Granville, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1991
    Redd Foxx, American comedian and actor (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Renato Russo, Brazilian rock singer-songwriter (b. 1960)
  • 2000
    Donald Dewar, first First Minister of Scotland (b. 1937)
  • 2008
    Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger (b. 1922)

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