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
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.
President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War
Luxembourg gains its independence.
Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded.
World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
Israel joins the United Nations.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement.
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.
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?
Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor (d. 1904)
Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)
Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)
Warren Littlefield, American television executive
Katie Wagner, American television reporter
Greg Dulli, American musician
Francisco Cordero, Dominican baseball player
Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player
Holly Valance, Australian-born actress and singer
Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
Who died on May 11?
Jean Galbert de Campistron, French dramatist (b. 1656)
William Pitt, the Elder, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1708)
Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
Max Reger, German composer (b. 1873)
Alfred Wintle, British WW1 & WW2 soldier; author of “The Last Englishman” (b. 1897)
Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b. 1907)
Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach (b. 1941)
Yossi Banai, Israeli singer (b. 1932)
Bernard Gordon, blacklisted American screenwriter and producer (b. 1918)
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