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What happened on August 11? There are more than 250 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 11

August 11 In HistoryAugust 11 is the 223rd day of the year 2017. There are 142 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 32nd week of the year 2017.

On this day in Atlanta, Georgia 30378 sunrise occured at 11:57 AM and sunset occured at 01:28 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 192 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For August 11

  • 3114 BC
    The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.
  • 2492 BC
    Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation.
  • 106
    The south-eastern part of Dacia (modern Romania) becomes a Roman province: Roman Dacia.
  • 355
    Claudius Silvanus, accused of treason, proclaims himself Roman Emperor against Constantius II.
  • 1332
    Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Dupplin Moor – Scots under Domhnall II, Earl of Mar are routed by Edward Balliol.
  • 1675
    Franco-Dutch War: forces of the Holy Roman Empire defeat the French in the Battle of Konzer Brücke.
  • 1786
    Captain Francis Light establishes the British colony of Penang in Malaysia.
  • 1804
    Francis II assumes the title of first Emperor of Austria.
  • 1812
    Peninsular War: French troops engage British-Portuguese forces in the Battle of Majadahonda.
  • 1858
    The Eiger in the Bernese Alps is ascended for the first time by Charles Barrington accompanied by Christian Almer and Peter Bohren.
  • 1898
    Spanish-American War: American troops enter the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 1918
    World War I: the Battle of Amiens ends.
  • 1919
    The constitution of the Weimar Republic is adopted.
  • 1920
    The Latvian–Soviet Peace Treaty, which relinquished Russia’s authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed, ending the Latvian War of Independence.
  • 1929
    Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1934
    The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 1942
    Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.
  • 1947
    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founding father of Pakistan, gives a speech to the Constituent Assembly, the contents and meaning of which remain contentious today.
  • 1952
    Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan.
  • 1959
    Sheremetyevo International Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, opens.
  • 1960
    Chad declares independence.
  • 1961
    The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
  • 1965
    Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.
  • 1975
    East Timor: Governor Mário Lemos Pires of Portuguese Timor abandons the capital Dili, following a coup by the Timorese Democratic Union (UDT) and the outbreak of civil war between UDT and Fretilin.
  • 1982
    A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers.
  • 1984
    “We begin bombing in five minutes” - United States President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, jokes while preparing to make his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.
  • 1999
    The Salt Lake City Tornado tears through the downtown district of the city, killing one.
  • 2003
    A heat wave in Paris results in temperatures rising to 112 °F, leaving about 144 people dead.
  • 2003
    Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003
    NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • 2003
    The highest temperature ever seen in Great Britain (38.1 °C) is recorded at Gravesend, Kent.

Who Were Born On August 11?

  • 1467
    Mary of York, English princess (d. 1482)
  • 1648
    Jeremiah Shepard, American minister (d. 1720)
  • 1667
    Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Florentine patroness of the arts, the last scion of the House of Medici (d. 1743)
  • 1673
    Richard Mead, English physician (d. 1754)
  • 1718
    Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)
  • 1722
    Richard Brocklesby, English physician (d. 1797)
  • 1778
    Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German (Prussian) gymnastics educator and nationalist (d. 1852)
  • 1794
    James Barton Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)
  • 1807
    David Rice Atchison, American politician (d. 1886)
  • 1808
    William W. Chapman, American politician (d. 1892)
  • 1825
    István Türr, Hungarian soldier and engineer (d. 1908)
  • 1833
    Kido Takayoshi, Japanese politician (d. 1877)
  • 1833
    Robert G. Ingersoll, American politician and soldier (d. 1899)
  • 1836
    Warren Brown, American politician (d. 1919)
  • 1837
    Marie François Sadi Carnot, French statesman (d. 1894)
  • 1855
    John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)
  • 1858
    Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician, Nobel Laureate (d. 1930)
  • 1860
    Ottó Bláthy, AHungarian electrical engineer (d. 1939)
  • 1870
    Tom Richardson, English cricketer (d. 1912)
  • 1872
    Kijūrō Shidehara, 44th Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)
  • 1877
    Adolph M. Christianson, American judge, Justice and Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (d. 1954)
  • 1878
    Oliver W F Lodge, English poet and writer (d. 1955)
  • 1891
    Stancho Belkovski, Bulgarian architect and lecturer (d. 1962)
  • 1892
    Archie Wiles, West Indian cricketer (d. 1957)
  • 1892
    Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (d. 1962)
  • 1892
    Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (d. 1978)
  • 1897
    Enid Blyton, English author (d. 1968)
  • 1897
    Louise Bogan, American poet (d. 1970)
  • 1900
    Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • 1902
    Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • 1902
    Lloyd Nolan, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1905
    Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (d. 2002)
  • 1907
    Ted a'Beckett, Australian cricketer (d. 1989)
  • 1908
    Torgny Torgnysson Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Yuji Koseki, Japanese composer (d. 1989)
  • 1912
    Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)
  • 1912
    Thanom Kittikachorn, 10th Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2004)
  • 1913
    Angus Wilson, British novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1913
    Bob Scheffing, American professional baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
  • 1913
    Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (d. 1976)
  • 1914
    José Silva, American parapsychologist (d. 1999)
  • 1916
    Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • 1919
    Ginette Neveu, French violinist (d. 1949)
  • 1919
    Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1920
    Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2002)
  • 1921
    Alex Haley, American historian (d. 1992)
  • 1923
    Stan Chambers, American television reporter
  • 1925
    Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)
  • 1925
    Mike Douglas, American entertainer (d. 2006)
  • 1926
    Aaron Klug, Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Laureate
  • 1926
    Claus von Bülow, Danish-born British socialite
  • 1927
    Raymond Leppard, English conductor
  • 1927
    Stuart Rosenberg, American film director d. 2007
  • 1928
    Arlene Dahl, American actress
  • 1930
    Paul Soles, Canadian actor and television personality
  • 1932
    Fernando Arrabal, Spanish writer
  • 1932
    Israel Harold “Izzy” Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (d. 2003)
  • 1932
    John Gorrie, English director
  • 1932
    Peter Eisenman, American architect
  • 1933
    Jerry Falwell, American preacher and televangelist (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (d. 1999)
  • 1936
    Andre Dubus, American short-story writer (d. 1999)
  • 1938
    Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist
  • 1939
    Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly performer (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Lennie Pond, American NASCAR driver
  • 1942
    Mike Hugg, British drummer, keyboardist and vocalist (Manfred Mann)
  • 1943
    Abigail Folger, American heiress and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 1943
    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani politician
  • 1943
    Stefania Toczyska, Polish mezzo-soprano
  • 1944
    Frederick W. Smith, American entrepreneur
  • 1944
    Ian McDiarmid, Scottish actor
  • 1946
    John Conlee, American country music singer
  • 1946
    Marilyn vos Savant, American newspaper columnist
  • 1947
    Georgios Karatzaferis, Greek politician
  • 1948
    Jan Palach, Czechoslovakian student protester (d. 1969)
  • 1949
    Eric Carmen, American singer and guitarist (Raspberries)
  • 1949
    Tim Hutchinson, American politician
  • 1950
    Erik Brann, American guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)
  • 1950
    Gennidy Nikonov, Russian weapon engineer, designer of the AN-94 attack rifle (d. 2003)
  • 1950
    Steve Wozniak, American computer pioneer
  • 1951
    Vincent Bilodeau, Canadian actor and comedian
  • 1952
    Bob Mothersbaugh AKA Bob 1, American guitarist (Devo)
  • 1952
    Manfred Krüger, German footballer
  • 1953
    Hulk Hogan, American professional wrestler
  • 1954
    Joe Jackson, English singer
  • 1954
    Juan Maria Solare, Argentine composer
  • 1954
    Mottu Vara Narasimha Rao, Indian cricketer
  • 1954
    Yashpal Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 1955
    Marc Bureau, Canadian politician
  • 1955
    Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • 1956
    Pierre-Louis Lions, French mathematician
  • 1957
    Ian Stuart Donaldson, British singer (Skrewdriver) (d. 1993)
  • 1958
    Jah Wobble, English bassist
  • 1959
    Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian guitarist and singer-songwriter (Soda Stereo)
  • 1959
    László Szlávics, Jr., Hungarian sculptor and medalist
  • 1959
    Yoshiaki Murakami, Japanese investor
  • 1961
    Craig Ehlo, American basketball player
  • 1961
    David Brooks, American journalist and author
  • 1962
    Ennis Whatley, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Uvais Karnain, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1963
    Hiromi Makihara, Japanese baseball player
  • 1964
    Jim Lee, Korean comic book artist
  • 1964
    Miguel A. Núñez, Jr., American actor
  • 1964
    Nikki Randall, American pornographic actress
  • 1965
    Duane Martin, American actor
  • 1965
    Embeth Davidtz, American actress
  • 1965
    Marc Bergevin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965
    Shinji Mikami, Japanese video game designer (Resident Evil)
  • 1965
    Viola Davis, American actress
  • 1966
    Nigel Martyn, English footballer
  • 1967
    Collin Chou, Taiwanese actor
  • 1967
    Enrique Bunbury, Spanish singer
  • 1967
    Eric Maleson, Brazilian bobsledder
  • 1967
    Joe Rogan, American television host, comedian, commentator and actor
  • 1968
    Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (d. 2009)
  • 1969
    Ashley Jensen, British actress
  • 1970
    Teresa Pavlinek, Canadian actress
  • 1971
    Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
  • 1971
    Julie Clarke, American model
  • 1971
    Tommy Mooney, English football player
  • 1972
    Jonathon Prandi, American model
  • 1973
    Carolyn Murphy, American model
  • 1973
    Nigel Harman, British actor
  • 1974
    Anju Jain, Indian cricketer
  • 1974
    Audrey Mestre, French diver (d. 2002)
  • 1974
    Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani singer
  • 1974
    Kira Kener, American pornographic actress
  • 1974
    Marie-France Dubreuil, Canadian figure skater
  • 1975
    Davey von Bohlen, American guitarist and vocalist (The Promise Ring, Maritime)
  • 1976
    Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Ben Gibbard, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service)
  • 1976
    Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Erick Lindgren, American poker player
  • 1976
    Iván Córdoba, Colombian footballer
  • 1976
    Will Friedle, American actor
  • 1977
    Dênio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Gemma Hayes, Irish singer
  • 1978
    Amber Mariano, American reality television personality
  • 1978
    Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • 1978
    Spyros Gogolos, Greek footballer
  • 1979
    Aggeliki Daliani, Greek actress
  • 1980
    Daniel Lloyd, British cyclist
  • 1980
    Lee Suggs, American football player
  • 1981
    Fiona Sit, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1981
    Sandi Thom, Scottish singer
  • 1982
    Alan Halsall, British actor
  • 1983
    Chris Hemsworth, Australian actor
  • 1984
    Katie Rees, American beauty pageant contestant
  • 1984
    Lucas di Grassi, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1984
    Melky Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • 1985
    Asher Roth, American rapper
  • 1985
    J-Boog, American singer (B2K)
  • 1986
    Kaori Fukuhara, Japanese voice actress
  • 1986
    Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1986
    Richard Keogh, Irish footballer
  • 1987
    Dany N'Guessan, French footballer
  • 1987
    Drew Storen, American baseball player
  • 1993
    Alyson Stoner, American actress, model, singer and dancer

Who Died On August 11?

  • 353
    Magnentius, Roman usurper (b. 303)
  • 449
    Archbishop Flavian of Constantinople (birth year unknown)
  • 897
    Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona (birth year unknown)
  • 1204
    King Guttorm of Norway (b. 1199)
  • 1253
    Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi (b. 1194)
  • 1259
    Möngke Khan, Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (b. c. 1208)
  • 1456
    János Hunyadi, regent of Hungary (b. 1387)
  • 1464
    Nicholas of Cusa, German philosopher and mathematician (b. 1401)
  • 1494
    Hans Memling, Flemish painter (b. c. 1430)
  • 1519
    Johann Tetzel, German opponent of the Reformation (b. 1465)
  • 1563
    Bartolomé de Escobedo, Spanish composer (b. c. 1500)
  • 1578
    Pedro Nunes, Portuguese mathematician (b. 1502)
  • 1596
    Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William Shakespeare (b. 1585)
  • 1614
    Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (b. 1552)
  • 1656
    Ottavio Piccolomini, Austrian-Italian field marshal (b. 1599)
  • 1774
    Tiphaigne de la Roche, French writer (b. 1722)
  • 1813
    Henry James Pye, English poet (b. 1745)
  • 1851
    Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (b. 1779)
  • 1854
    Macedonio Melloni, Italian physicist (b. 1798)
  • 1868
    Halfdan Kjerulf, Norwegian composer (b. 1815)
  • 1886
    Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (b. 1843)
  • 1890
    John Henry Newman, English Catholic cardinal (b. 1801)
  • 1892
    Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
  • 1903
    Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)
  • 1908
    Khudiram Bose, Indian freedom fighter (b. 1889)
  • 1919
    Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1835)
  • 1936
    Blas Infante, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1885)
  • 1937
    Edith Wharton, American novelist and designer (b. 1862)
  • 1939
    Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
  • 1953
    Tazio Nuvolari, Italian race car driver (b. 1892)
  • 1954
    Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (b. 1886)
  • 1956
    Jackson Pollock, American artist (b. 1912)
  • 1961
    Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer, actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1965
    Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (b. 1897)
  • 1969
    Miriam Licette, English operatic soprano (b. 1885)
  • 1972
    Max Theiler, South African virologist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1974
    Jan Tschichold, German typographer (b. 1902)
  • 1974
    Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan musicologist and composer (b. 1887)
  • 1975
    Rachel Katznelson-Shazar, Belarusian-born Israeli Zionist political figure, wife of Zalman Shazar (b. 1885)
  • 1980
    Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • 1982
    Tom Drake, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1984
    Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., American publisher (b. 1892)
  • 1984
    Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian–born German chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1986
    János Drapál, Hungarian motorcycle road racer (b. 1948)
  • 1988
    Anne Ramsey, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 1991
    J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1938)
  • 1994
    Peter Cushing, British actor (b. 1913)
  • 1995
    Phil Harris, American singer and comedian (b. 1904)
  • 1996
    Baba Vanga, Macedonian-born Bulgarian prophet, mystic, clairvoyant and herbalist (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Mel Taylor, American drummer (The Ventures) (b. 1933)
  • 1996
    Rafael Kubelík, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Tassos Isaac, Greek Cypriot murdered while demonstrating in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus (b. 1972)
  • 2000
    Jean Papineau-Couture, Canadian composer (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Percy Stallard, English cyclist (b. 1909)
  • 2002
    Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • 2003
    Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2003
    Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (b. 1937)
  • 2005
    James Booth, English actor (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Mike Douglas, American singer and talk show host (b. 1925)
  • 2009
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, American founder of the Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Markus Liebherr, German-born Swiss owner of Southampton Football Club (b. 1948)
  • 2011
    Jani Lane, American musician, songwriter (b. 1964)


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