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

  • 1647
    Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.
  • 1846
    President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War
  • 1867
    Luxembourg gains its independence.
  • 1924
    Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.
  • 1927
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
  • 1943
    World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
  • 1949
    Israel joins the United Nations.
  • 1960
    In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement.
  • 1987
    In Baltimore, Maryland, the first heart-lung transplant takes place. The surgery is performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
  • 1997
    Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.

Who were born on May 11?

  • 1824
    Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904)
  • 1871
    Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
  • 1907
    Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
  • 1952
    Warren Littlefield, American television executive
  • 1964
    Katie Wagner, American television reporter
  • 1965
    Greg Dulli, American musician
  • 1975
    Francisco Cordero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981
    Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Holly Valance, Australian-born actress and singer
  • 1987
    Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast

Who died on May 11?

  • 1723
    Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
  • 1778
    William Pitt, the Elder, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1708)
  • 1848
    Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • 1916
    Max Reger, German composer (b. 1873)
  • 1966
    Alfred Wintle, British WW1 & WW2 soldier; author of “The Last Englishman” (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • 2000
    Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach (b. 1941)
  • 2006
    Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)

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