What are the important events that happened on May 11? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
May 11: Facts & Myths About This Day
May 11 is the 132nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 234 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 28, 2020 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 441,432 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 ‘hectatriacontadigon’ day.
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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 277 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 2,698 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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May 11 Historical Events
Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics.
Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
American Civil War: The ironclad Ship CSS is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California
Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and socialist politician, is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.
Bradford City stadium fire: Fifty-six spectators die and more than 200 are injured in a flash fire at Valley Parade football ground during a match against Lincoln City in Bradford, England.
The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.
Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.
Who were born on May 11?
Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989)
Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player
Stefano Domenicali, Italian Formula One team principal (Ferrari)
Nicky Katt, American actor
Benoît Magimel, French actor
Hanna Verboom, Dutch actress
Matt Leinart, American football player
Justin King, American football player
Who died on May 11?
Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
Juan Gris, Spanish cubist artist (b. 1887)
Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
Gilbert Laird Jessop, English cricketer (b. 1874)
Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945)
Timothy Carey, American actor (b. 1928)
René Muñoz, Cuban actor, screenwriter of telenovelas (b. 1938)
John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist (b. 1981)
John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush) (b. 1953)
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