What happened this day in history August 11

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.
  • 1812
    Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.
  • 1919
    The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.
  • 1929
    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.
  • 1952
    Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.
  • 1960
    Chad declares independence.
  • 1965
    Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
  • 1984
    “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.
  • 2003
    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?

  • 1807
    David Rice Atchison, American politician (d. 1886)
  • 1858
    Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician, Nobel Laureate (d. 1930)
  • 1932
    Fernando Arrabal, Spanish writer
  • 1946
    Marilyn vos Savant, American newspaper columnist
  • 1947
    Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
  • 1961
    David Brooks, American journalist and author
  • 1967
    Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
  • 1976
    Iván Córdoba, Colombian footballer
  • 1984
    Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986
    Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player

Who died on August 11?

  • 353
    Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)
  • 897
    Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona (birth year unknown)
  • 1813
    Henry James Pye, English poet (b. 1745)
  • 1919
    Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1835)
  • 1953
    Tazio Nuvolari, Italian race car driver (b. 1892)
  • 1969
    Miriam Licette, English operatic soprano (b. 1885)
  • 1974
    Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan musicologist and composer (b. 1887)
  • 1988
    Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (b. 1937)
  • 2009
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American founder of the Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)

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