What happened this day in history February 11

What are the important events that happened on February 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 11: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 11 is the 42nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 324 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2024 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 474,336 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 ‘tetracontadigon’ day.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 353 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 4,069 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 11 Historical Events

  • 660 BC
    Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
  • 1812
    Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry “gerrymanders” for the first time.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1916
    Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
  • 1918
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
  • 1938
    BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1953
    The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1978
    Censorship: the People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • 1997
    Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

Who were born on February 11?

  • 1860
    Ellen Day Hale,American painter and printmaker (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Rachilde, French author (d. 1953)
  • 1898
    Leó Szilárd, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 1964)
  • 1909
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)
  • 1915
    Patrick Leigh Fermor, English author
  • 1919
    Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
  • 1960
    Nick Currie, Scottish musician
  • 1962
    Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 1973
    Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician (Burzum, Mayhem)
  • 1980
    Matthew Lawrence, American actor

Who died on February 11?

  • 641
    Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
  • 821
    Saint Benedict of Aniane
  • 1503
    Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
  • 1755
    Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1795
    Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (b. 1740)
  • 1976
    Lee J Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Tom Lantos, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2011
    Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)

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