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 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 234 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 28, 2024 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 28,589,760 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 ‘hectatriacontadigon’ day.

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 263 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 4,159 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 11 Historical Events

  • 1502
    Christopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.
  • 1812
    Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
  • 1813
    In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1857
    Indian Mutiny: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The ironclad Ship CSS is scuttled in the James River northwest of Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1924
    Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.
  • 1942
    William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Allies begin a major offensive against the Axis Powers on the Gustav Line.
  • 1973
    Citing government misconduct, Daniel Ellsberg has charges for his involvement in releasing the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times dismissed.
  • 1996
    After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board.

Who were born on May 11?

  • 1720
    Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German adventurer (d. 1797)
  • 1827
    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875)
  • 1927
    Mort Sahl, Canadian comedian and political commentator
  • 1939
    Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician
  • 1955
    John DeStefano, Jr., American politician
  • 1974
    Kevin Brown, English-born Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1979
    Erin Lang, Canadian musician
  • 1981
    Dusán Mukics, Slovene journalist and reporter in Hungary
  • 1994
    David Alvarez, Canadian dancer and actor

Who died on May 11?

  • 1916
    Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer and physicist (b. 1873)
  • 1927
    Juan Gris, Spanish cubist artist (b. 1887)
  • 1940
    Chujiro Hayashi, Japanese Reiki Master (b. 1880)
  • 1976
    Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (b. 1898)
  • 1985
    Chester Gould, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • 1996
    Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2000
    René Muñoz, Cuban actor, screenwriter of telenovelas (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    John Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead) (b. 1949)
  • 2005
    Michalis Genitsaris, Greek rebetiko singer and composer (b. 1917)
  • 2008
    John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush) (b. 1953)

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