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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 324 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 29, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,356,320 minutes 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.
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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 367 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 2,608 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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February 11 Historical Events
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin.
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi receives its first performance in Milan.
Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
The Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.
Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
Who were born on February 11?
Ellen Day Hale,American painter and printmaker (d. 1940)
Elsa Beskow, Swedish author (d. 1953)
Matt Dennis, American singer (d. 2002)
Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey player
Bobby “Boris” Pickett, American singer and songwriter (d. 2007)
Philip Anglim, American actor
Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
Hank Gathers, American basketball player (d. 1990)
Andy Lally, American racing driver
Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)
Who died on February 11?
Gordian III, Emperor of Rome
Pope Paschal I
Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
Louis Beel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)
Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (b. 1901)
George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
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