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What happened on October 11? There are more than 261 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 October 11

October 11 In HistoryOctober 11 is the 284th day of the year 2017. There are 81 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 41st week of the year 2017.

On this day in Barnwell, South Carolina 29812 sunrise occured at 12:27 PM and sunset occured at 11:56 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 131 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For October 11

  • 1138
    A massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria.
  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland.
  • 1582
    Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1614
    Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
  • 1634
    The Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” killed around 15,000 men in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
  • 1649
    Sack of Wexford: After a ten-day siege, English New Model Army troops (under Oliver Cromwell) stormed the town of Wexford, killing over 2,000 Irish Confederate troops and 1,500 civilians.
  • 1727
    George II and Caroline of Ansbach are crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
  • 1767
    Surveying for the Mason–Dixon Line separating Maryland from Pennsylvania is completed.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Valcour Island – On Lake Champlain a fleet of American boats is defeated by the Royal Navy, but delays the British advance until 1777.
  • 1797
    Battle of Camperdown: Naval battle between Royal Navy and Royal Netherlands Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars. The outcome of the battle was a decisive British victory.
  • 1809
    Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand.
  • 1811
    Inventor John Stevens’ boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).
  • 1833
    A big demonstration at the gates of the legislature of Buenos Aires forces the ousting of governor Juan Ramón Balcarce and his replacement with Juan José Viamonte.
  • 1852
    The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is inaugurated in Sydney.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: In the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart and his men loot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, during a raid into the north.
  • 1864
    Campina Grande, Brazil is established as a city.
  • 1865
    Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
  • 1890
    In Washington, DC, the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
  • 1899
    Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.
  • 1899
    The Western League is renamed the American League.
  • 1906
    San Francisco public school board sparks United States diplomatic crisis with Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
  • 1910
    Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Greek Army liberates the city of Kozani.
  • 1929
    JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
  • 1941
    Beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
  • 1942
    World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance – On the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, United States Navy ships intercept and defeat a Japanese fleet on their way to reinforce troops on the island.
  • 1944
    Tuvinian People’s Republic or formerly Tannu Tuva is annexed by the U.S.S.R
  • 1950
    Television: CBS’s mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
  • 1957
    Space Race: M.I.T. scientists calculate Sputnik I’s booster rocket’s orbit.
  • 1958
    Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
  • 1962
    Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
  • 1968
    Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.
  • 1972
    A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.
  • 1975
    The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests.
  • 1976
    George Washington’s appointment, posthumously, to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 is approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
  • 1982
    The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth.
  • 1984
    Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
  • 1986
    Cold War: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavík, Iceland, in an effort to continue discussions about scaling back their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe.
  • 1987
    Start of Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka that killed few thousand ethnic Tamil civilians, several hundred Tamil Tigers and few hundred Indian Army soldiers.
  • 1996
    Pala accident: a wood lorry and school bus collide in Jõgeva county, Estonia, killing eight children.
  • 2000
    NASA launches STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • 2001
    The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.
  • 2002
    A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.

Who Were Born On October 11?

  • 1335
    Taejo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1408)
  • 1616
    Andreas Gryphius, German writer (d. 1664)
  • 1661
    Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat (d. 1742)
  • 1671
    Frederick IV of Denmark (d. 1730)
  • 1672
    Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina, diplomat (d. 1742)
  • 1675
    Samuel Clarke, English philosopher (d. 1729)
  • 1738
    Arthur Phillip, Governor of New South Wales (d. 1814)
  • 1758
    Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers, German astronomer (d. 1840)
  • 1786
    Stevenson Archer, American Congressman (d. 1848)
  • 1788
    Simon Sechter, Austrian music teacher (d. 1867)
  • 1809
    Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist (d. 1887)
  • 1814
    Jean Baptiste Lamy, first Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1888)
  • 1815
    Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Italian-born adventurer (d. 1881)
  • 1821
    George Williams, English founder of the YMCA (d. 1905)
  • 1844
    Henry Heinz, American food manufacturer (d. 1916)
  • 1865
    Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian author and philologist (d. 1926)
  • 1871
    Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian religious leader (d. 1943)
  • 1872
    Emily Davison, Militant womans suffrage activist (d. 1913)
  • 1872
    Harlan Fiske Stone, 12th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1946)
  • 1879
    Ernst Mally, Austrian philosopher (d. 1944)
  • 1881
    Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal theorist (d. 1973)
  • 1884
    Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States and humanitarian (d. 1962)
  • 1884
    Friedrich Bergius, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1949)
  • 1884
    Sig Ruman, German-American actor (d. 1967)
  • 1885
    François Mauriac, French author, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1895
    Jakov Gotovac, Croatian composer (d. 1982)
  • 1897
    Nathan Twining, USAF general (d. 1982)
  • 1899
    Eddie Dyer, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1902
    Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian freedom fighter and political leader (d. 1979)
  • 1905
    Fred Trump, American real estate developer, father of Donald Trump (d. 1999)
  • 1912
    Betty Noyes, singer who dubbed Debbie Reynolds‘ singing voice in Singin’in the Rain (d. 1987)
  • 1913
    Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (d. 2000)
  • 1913
    Joe Simon, American comic book artist and writer (d. 2011)
  • 1915
    T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (d. 2009)
  • 1918
    Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (d. 1998)
  • 1919
    Art Blakey, American jazz drummer (d. 1990)
  • 1919
    Jean Vander Pyl, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    André Emmerich, American gallerist (d. 2007)
  • 1924
    Mal Whitfield, American athlete
  • 1925
    Elmore Leonard, American novelist
  • 1926
    Earle Hyman, American actor
  • 1926
    Neville Wran, former Premier of New South Wales
  • 1926
    Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk
  • 1927
    Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium (d. 2005)
  • 1928
    Alfonso de Portago, Spanish race car driver (d. 1957)
  • 1928
    Roscoe Robinson, Jr., first African American four-star Army general (d. 1993)
  • 1929
    Curtis Amy, American tenor saxophone jazz musician
  • 1929
    Liselotte Pulver, Swiss actress
  • 1929
    Raymond Moriyama, Canadian architect
  • 1930
    LaVell Edwards, American football coach
  • 1930
    Sam Johnson, American politician
  • 1932
    Dottie West, American singer (d. 1991)
  • 1936
    Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer (d. 2001)
  • 1936
    Tom Zé, Brazilian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer
  • 1937
    R. H. W. Dillard, American poet
  • 1937
    Sir Bobby Charlton, English footballer
  • 1939
    Austin Currie, Northern Irish politician
  • 1939
    Maria Bueno, Brazilian tennis player
  • 1941
    Charles Shyer, American film director
  • 1941
    Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • 1943
    Gene Watson, American country singer
  • 1943
    John Nettles, English actor
  • 1944
    Mike Fiore, American baseball player
  • 1944
    Rodney Marsh, English Footballer
  • 1946
    Daryl Hall, American rock singer
  • 1946
    Gary Mallaber, American musician
  • 1946
    Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer
  • 1946
    Sawao Kato, Japanese gymnast
  • 1947
    Al Atkins, English musician
  • 1947
    George McCorkle, American musician
  • 1947
    Lucas Papademos, Greek economist
  • 1947
    Thomas Boswell, American sports columnist
  • 1948
    Cecilia, Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 1976)
  • 1949
    Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda
  • 1950
    Patty Murray, American politician, senior senator of Washington
  • 1951
    Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer/songwriter
  • 1952
    Paulette Carlson, country music singer-songwriter
  • 1953
    David Morse, American actor
  • 1954
    David Michaels, American professor and government official
  • 1954
    Vojislav Seselj, Serbian politician
  • 1955
    Norm Nixon, American basketball player
  • 1956
    Nicanor Duarte Frutos, former President of Paraguay, Senator for life
  • 1957
    Dawn French, Welsh comedian,actress and screenwriter
  • 1957
    Paul Bown, English actor
  • 1957
    Paul Sereno, American paleontologist
  • 1958
    Gregory Dudek, Canadian roboticist and computer scientist
  • 1959
    Wayne Gardner, Australian racing driver
  • 1960
    Curt Ford, American baseball player
  • 1960
    Nicola Bryant, English actress
  • 1960
    Randy Breuer, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • 1961
    Neil Buchanan, English television presenter
  • 1961
    Steve Young, American football player
  • 1962
    Andy McCoy, Finnish musician Hanoi Rocks
  • 1962
    Joan Cusack, American actress and comedian
  • 1963
    Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1963
    Ronny Rosenthal, Israeli footballer
  • 1964
    Michael J. Nelson, American actor
  • 1965
    Alexander Hacke, German musician
  • 1965
    Luke Perry, American actor
  • 1965
    Orlando Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • 1965
    Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor
  • 1966
    Solofa Fatu, aka Rikishi, American professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Todd Snider, American singer-songwriter
  • 1967
    Artie Lange, American actor and comedian
  • 1967
    Daniel Razon, Vice Presiding Minister, Church of God International
  • 1967
    David Starr, American race car driver
  • 1967
    Tazz, American professional wrestler and commentator
  • 1967
    Tony Chimel, American professional wrestling announcer
  • 1968
    Brett Salisbury, American football player and author
  • 1968
    Claude Lapointe, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Jane Krakowski, American actress
  • 1969
    Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
  • 1969
    Stephen Moyer, British actor
  • 1970
    Andy Marriott, English footballer
  • 1970
    Chidi Ahanotu, American football player
  • 1970
    Constance Zimmer, American actress
  • 1971
    Jason Ellis, Australian professional skateboarder
  • 1971
    MC Lyte, American rapper
  • 1971
    Petra Haden, American musician
  • 1972
    Cherokee Parks, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Claudia Black, Australian actress
  • 1973
    Dmitri Young, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Mike Smith, American guitarist (Snot, Limp Bizkit)
  • 1973
    Niki Xanthou, Greek long jumper
  • 1973
    Steven Pressley, Scottish footballer
  • 1973
    Takeshi Kaneshiro, actor/model
  • 1974
    Jamie Thomas, American skateboarder
  • 1974
    Jason Arnott, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1974
    Rachel Barton Pine, violinist from Chicago
  • 1974
    Terje Haakonsen, Norwegian snowboarder
  • 1976
    Brent Bennett, American mercenary
  • 1976
    Dominic Aitchison, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • 1976
    Emily Deschanel, American actress
  • 1977
    Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist
  • 1977
    Desmond Mason, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Matthew Bomer, American actor
  • 1977
    Ty Wigginton, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Kali, Angolan footballer
  • 1979
    Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
  • 1979
    Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress
  • 1979
    Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan-born American musician
  • 1980
    Nyron Nosworthy, English footballer
  • 1981
    Beau Brady, Australian Actor
  • 1982
    Jeff Larish, American Baseball Player
  • 1982
    Kristy Wu, American Actress
  • 1982
    Liz Cantor, Australian journalist
  • 1982
    Terrell Suggs, American Football Player
  • 1983
    Bradley James, British actor
  • 1983
    Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukrainian chess player
  • 1983
    William Sledd, American internet personality
  • 1984
    Martha MacIsaac, Canadian actress
  • 1984
    Sergio Hellings, Dutch footballer
  • 1985
    Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress
  • 1987
    Mike Conley, Jr., American basketball player
  • 1989
    Henry Lau, Canadian-Chinese singer
  • 1989
    Michelle Wie, American golfer
  • 1991
    Panagiotis Vlachodimos, Greek footballer
  • 1993
    Sean Murray, Irish footballer

Who Died On October 11?

  • 1188
    Robert I of Dreux, son of Louis VI of France
  • 1303
    Pope Boniface VIII
  • 1347
    Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1282)
  • 1424
    Jan Žižka, leader of the Hussites (b. 1360)
  • 1531
    Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (b. 1484)
  • 1572
    Sulaiman Khan Karrani, Sultan of Bengal
  • 1636
    Johann Albrecht Adelgrief, German man who claimed to be a prophet and was executed for witchcraft.
  • 1705
    Guillaume Amontons, French physicist and instrument maker (b. 1663)
  • 1708
    Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (b. 1651)
  • 1721
    Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1636)
  • 1725
    Hans Herr, Swiss-born Mennonite bishop (b. 1639)
  • 1779
    Kazimierz Pułaski, Polish fighter for American independence (b. 1745)
  • 1809
    Meriwether Lewis, American explorer (b. 1774)
  • 1811
    Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (b. 1724)
  • 1821
    John Ross Key, American judge and lawyer (b. 1754)
  • 1852
    Gotthold Eisenstein, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1889
    James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • 1896
    Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (b. 1824)
  • 1896
    Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • 1897
    Léon Boëllmann, French composer (b. 1862)
  • 1935
    Steele Rudd, Australian author (b. 1868)
  • 1940
    Lluís Companys i Jover, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • 1940
    Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • 1961
    Chico Marx, American comedian (b. 1887)
  • 1963
    Édith Piaf, French singer (b. 1915)
  • 1963
    Jean Cocteau, French writer (b. 1889)
  • 1965
    Dorothea Lange, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1965
    Walther Stampfli, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1884)
  • 1971
    Chesty Puller, the most decorated American Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • 1971
    Tamanoumi Masahiro, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 51st Yokozuna (b. 1944)
  • 1976
    Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)
  • 1977
    MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • 1986
    Norm Cash, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 1988
    Bonita Granville, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • 1991
    Redd Foxx, American comedian and actor (b. 1922)
  • 1991
    Steven Jesse Bernstein, American underground poet (suicide) (b. 1950)
  • 1993
    Jess Thomas, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Joe Morris, C.C., LL.D., Canadian trade unionist (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 1996
    Renato Russo, Brazilian rock singer-songwriter (b. 1960)
  • 1998
    Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2000
    Donald Dewar, first First Minister of Scotland (b. 1937)
  • 2000
    Luc-Marie Bayle, French naval officer and artist (b. 1914)
  • 2002
    Dina Pathak, Indian Actress (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Keith Miller, Australian sportsman (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and Prime Minister in exile (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • 2007
    David Lee “Tex” Hill, World War II fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose), founder of the Sri Chinmoy meditation centres (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    Ernst-Paul Hasselbach, Dutch tv-host and producer (b. 1966)
  • 2008
    Jörg Haider, Austrian politician (b. 1950)
  • 2008
    Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, composer and arranger (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Angelo DiGeorge, Italian-American pediatric endocrinologist (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1968)


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