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

  • 1531
    Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1916
    Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
  • 1953
    President Dwight Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1975
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Rabbit in Chinese astrology.
  • 1978
    Censorship: the People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • 1979
    Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1990
    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?

  • 1800
    Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and inventor (d. 1877)
  • 1833
    Melville Weston Fuller, American jurist and 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
  • 1869
    Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1909
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Roy Fuller, English writer (d. 1991)
  • 1941
    Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
  • 1969
    Andreas Hilfiker, Swiss footballer
  • 1973
    Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist
  • 1976
    Peter Hayes, American musician
  • 1976
    Tony Battie, American basketball player

Who died on February 11?

  • 1685
    David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)
  • 1931
    Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1939
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (b. 1874)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1963
    John Olof Dahlgren, American recipient of the Medal of Honor (b. 1872)
  • 1967
    Tran Tu Binh, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1986
    Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    George A. Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co. (b. 1922)
  • 1996
    Cyril Poole, English cricketer (b. 1921)

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