What are the important events that happened on August 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
August 11: Facts & Myths About This Day
August 11 is the 223rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 142 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 29, 2021 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 452,400 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 ‘dihectaicosatrigon’ day.
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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 174 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 3,155 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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August 11 Historical Events
3114 BC –
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
2492 BC –
Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.
Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.
The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.
Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.
Chad declares independence.
Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
“We begin bombing in five minutes” - United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
Who were born on August 11?
David Rice Atchison, American politician (d. 1886)
Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician, Nobel Laureate (d. 1930)
Fernando Arrabal, Spanish writer
Marilyn vos Savant, American newspaper columnist
Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
David Brooks, American journalist and author
Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
Iván Córdoba, Colombian footballer
Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player
Who died on August 11?
Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)
Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona (birth year unknown)
Henry James Pye, English poet (b. 1745)
Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1835)
Tazio Nuvolari, Italian race car driver (b. 1892)
Miriam Licette, English operatic soprano (b. 1885)
Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan musicologist and composer (b. 1887)
Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)
Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (b. 1937)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American founder of the Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
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