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

  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • 1797
    Battle of Camperdown: Naval battle between Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars. The outcome of the battle was a decisive British victory.
  • 1852
    The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: In the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his men loot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, during a raid into the north.
  • 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.
  • 1929
    JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
  • 1944
    Tuvinian People’s Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva is annexed by the U.S.S.R
  • 1968
    Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.
  • 1972
    A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.

Who were born on October 11?

  • 1738
    Arthur Phillip, Governor of New South Wales (d. 1814)
  • 1919
    Jean Vander Pyl, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • 1930
    Sam Johnson, American politician
  • 1950
    Patty Murray, American politician, senior senator of Washington
  • 1955
    Norm Nixon, American basketball player
  • 1964
    Michael J. Nelson, American actor
  • 1967
    Artie Lange, American actor and comedian
  • 1967
    Tazz, American professional wrestler and commentator
  • 1971
    Petra Haden, American musician
  • 1982
    Kristy Wu, American Actress

Who died on October 11?

  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1572
    Sulaiman Khan Karrani, Sultan of Bengal
  • 1940
    Lluís Companys i Jover, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • 1988
    Bonita Granville, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Jess Thomas, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2000
    Luc-Marie Bayle, French naval officer and artist (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)
  • 2007
    Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (b. 1915)

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