What happened this day in history May 11

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

  • 330
    Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
  • 912
    Alexander becomes Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1310
    In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics.
  • 1812
    Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The ironclad Ship CSS is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1880
    Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California
  • 1967
    Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and socialist politician, is imprisoned in Athens by the Greek military junta.
  • 1985
    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.
  • 1996
    The 1996 Mount Everest disaster: on a single day eight people die during summit attempts on Mount Everest.
  • 2000
    Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.

Who were born on May 11?

  • 1904
    Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989)
  • 1914
    Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • 1952
    Mike Lupica, American sports journalist
  • 1958
    Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player
  • 1965
    Stefano Domenicali, Italian Formula One team principal (Ferrari)
  • 1970
    Nicky Katt, American actor
  • 1974
    Benoît Magimel, French actor
  • 1983
    Hanna Verboom, Dutch actress
  • 1983
    Matt Leinart, American football player
  • 1987
    Justin King, American football player

Who died on May 11?

  • 1887
    Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist (b. 1802)
  • 1927
    Juan Gris, Spanish cubist artist (b. 1887)
  • 1929
    Jozef Murgaš, Slovak inventor (b. 1864)
  • 1955
    Gilbert Laird Jessop, English cricketer (b. 1874)
  • 1981
    Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945)
  • 1994
    Timothy Carey, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 2000
    René Muñoz, Cuban actor, screenwriter of telenovelas (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • 2008
    Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist (b. 1981)
  • 2008
    John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush) (b. 1953)

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