What happened on February 11? There are more than 301 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 February 11

February 11 In HistoryFebruary 11 is the 42nd day of the year 2021. There are 323 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 6th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Vernon, Colorado 80755 sunrise occured at 06:45 AM and sunset occured at 05:21 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there is one day remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For February 11

  • 660 BC
    Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu.
  • 55
    Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor.
  • 244
    Emperor Gordian III is murdered by mutinous soldiers in Zaitha (Mesopotamia). A mound is raised at Carchemish in his memory.
  • 1531
    Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1659
    The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
  • 1752
    Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in the United States, is opened by Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1790
    The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery.
  • 1794
    First session of United States Senate open to the public.
  • 1808
    Jesse Fell burns anthracite on an open grate as an experiment in heating homes with coal.
  • 1812
    Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry “gerrymanders” for the first time.
  • 1826
    Swaminarayan writes the Shikshapatri, an important text within the Swaminarayan faith.
  • 1826
    University College London is founded under the name University of London.
  • 1840
    Gaetano Donizetti’s opera La Fille du Régiment receives its first performance in Paris.
  • 1843
    Giuseppe Verdi’s opera I Lombardi receives its first performance in Milan.
  • 1855
    Kassa Hailu is crowned Tewodros II, Emperor of Ethiopia, by Abuna Salama III in a ceremony at the church of Derasge Maryam
  • 1861
    American Civil War: United States House of Representatives unanimously passes a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
  • 1873
    King Amadeus I of Spain abdicates.
  • 1889
    Meiji Constitution of Japan is adopted; the first Diet of Japan convenes in 1890.
  • 1903
    Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony receives its first performance in Vienna.
  • 1906
    Pope Pius X publishes the encyclical Vehementer nos.
  • 1916
    Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control.
  • 1919
    Friedrich Ebert (SPD), is elected President of Germany.
  • 1929
    Fascist Italy and the Vatican sign the Lateran Treaty.
  • 1937
    A sit-down strike ends when General Motors recognizes the United Auto Workers Union.
  • 1938
    BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1939
    A Lockheed XP-38 flies from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
  • 1942
    The first gold record is presented to Glenn Miller for “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Bukit Timah is fought in Singapore.
  • 1943
    World War II: General Dwight Eisenhower is selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
  • 1953
    President Dwight Eisenhower refuses a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
  • 1953
    The Soviet Union breaks off diplomatic relations with Israel.
  • 1959
    The Federation of Arab Emirates of the South, which will later become South Yemen, is created as a protectorate of the United Kingdom.
  • 1964
    Greeks and Turks begin fighting in Limassol, Cyprus.
  • 1964
    The Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) breaks off diplomatic relations with France.
  • 1968
    Israeli-Jordanian border clashes.
  • 1971
    Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons on the ocean floor in international waters.
  • 1973
    Vietnam War: First release of American prisoners of war from Vietnam takes place.
  • 1978
    Censorship: the People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • 1979
    Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
  • 1981
    100000 USgal of radioactive coolant leak into the containment building of TVA Sequoyah 1 nuclear plant in Tennessee, contaminating 8 workers.
  • 1987
    The Constitution of the Philippines goes into effect.
  • 1990
    Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.
  • 1997
    Space Shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • 2008
    Rebel East Timorese soldiers seriously wound President José Ramos-Horta. Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado is killed in the attack.
  • 2011
    Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests.
  • 2032
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.

Who Were Born On February 11?

  • 1377
    King Ladislaus of Naples (d. 1414)
  • 1380
    Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini, Italian humanist (d. 1459)
  • 1466
    Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII of England (d. 1503)
  • 1535
    Pope Gregory XIV (d. 1591)
  • 1568
    Honoré d'Urfé, French writer (d. 1625)
  • 1649
    William Carstares, Scottish minister (d. 1715)
  • 1657
    Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (d. 1757)
  • 1755
    Albert Christoph Dies, German composer (d. 1822)
  • 1764
    Marie-Joseph de Chénier, French poet (d. 1811)
  • 1774
    Hans Järta, Swedish political activist (d. 1847)
  • 1776
    Ioannis Kapodistrias, Greek diplomat of the Russian Empire and first head of state of independent Greece (d. 1831)
  • 1799
    The Blessed Father Basil Anthony Marie Patrice Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (d. 1873)
  • 1800
    Henry Fox Talbot, English photographer and inventor (d. 1877)
  • 1802
    Lydia Maria Child, American abolitionist (d. 1880)
  • 1812
    Alexander Hamilton Stephens, American politician, Vice President of the Confederate States of America and 50th Governor of Georgia (d. 1883)
  • 1813
    Otto Ludwig, German writer and critic (d. 1865)
  • 1819
    Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer (d. 1890)
  • 1821
    Auguste-Édouard Mariette, French Egyptologist (d. 1881)
  • 1829
    The Rev. Samuel Lodge, English clergyman, author and headmaster (d. 1897)
  • 1830
    Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, Prussian musician (d. 1913)
  • 1833
    Melville Weston Fuller, American jurist and 8th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1910)
  • 1839
    Josiah Willard Gibbs, American physicist (d. 1903)
  • 1847
    Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor (d. 1931)
  • 1860
    Ellen Day Hale,American painter and printmaker (d. 1940)
  • 1860
    Rachilde, French author (d. 1953)
  • 1869
    Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • 1869
    Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • 1872
    Hannah Mitchell, English socialist and suffragette (d. 1956)
  • 1874
    Elsa Beskow, Swedish author (d. 1953)
  • 1874
    Fritz Hart, English-born composer (d. 1949)
  • 1887
    John van Melle, South African writer (d. 1953)
  • 1889
    Acharya Ramlochan Saran, Indian writer (d. 1971)
  • 1890
    David Drummond, Australian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1891
    J.W. Hearne English cricketer (d. 1965)
  • 1894
    Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer (d. 1974)
  • 1898
    Leó Szilárd, Hungarian-born physicist (d. 1964)
  • 1900
    Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1900
    Josei Toda, Japanese educator (d. 1958)
  • 1901
    Roddy Connolly, Irish politician, son of James Connolly (d. 1980)
  • 1902
    Arne Jacobsen, Danish architect (d. 1971)
  • 1903
    Hans Redlich, Austrian composer (d. 1968)
  • 1904
    Sir Keith Holyoake, Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1983)
  • 1908
    Philip Dunne, American screenwriter, director and producer (d. 1992)
  • 1908
    Vivian Ernest Fuchs, English geologist (d. 1999)
  • 1909
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz, American director (d. 1993)
  • 1909
    Max Baer, American boxer and actor (d. 1959)
  • 1912
    Roy Fuller, English writer (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Matt Dennis, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Patrick Leigh Fermor, English author
  • 1917
    Sidney Sheldon, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1917
    T. Nagi Reddy, Indian revolutionary (d. 1976)
  • 1919
    Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
  • 1920
    Billy Halop, American actor (d. 1976)
  • 1920
    Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., American general (d. 1978)
  • 1920
    Daniel F. Galouye, science fiction author (d.1976)
  • 1920
    King Farouk I of Egypt (d. 1965)
  • 1921
    Edward Seidensticker, American scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Lloyd Bentsen, American politician and 69th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Antony Flew, British philosopher (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1925
    Virginia E. Johnson, of Masters and Johnson renown. American psychologist.
  • 1926
    Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Paul Bocuse, French chef
  • 1926
    Sir Alexander Gibson, Scottish conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1930
    Roy De Forest, American Painter (d. 2007)
  • 1931
    Larry Merchant, American sportswriter
  • 1932
    Dennis Skinner, British politician
  • 1932
    Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist
  • 1934
    John Surtees, English motorcycle and race car driver
  • 1934
    Manuel Noriega, Panamanian general and dictator
  • 1934
    Mary Quant, English fashion designer
  • 1934
    Mel Carnahan, American politician and 51st Governor of Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1934
    Tina Louise, American actress
  • 1935
    Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer
  • 1935
    Gene Vincent, American musician (d. 1971)
  • 1936
    Burt Reynolds, American actor
  • 1937
    Bill Lawry, Australian cricketer
  • 1937
    Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1938
    Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1938
    Bobby “Boris” Pickett, American singer and songwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1938
    Simone de Oliveira, Portuguese actress
  • 1939
    Gerry Goffin, American lyricist
  • 1939
    Jane Yolen, American author
  • 1941
    Sergio Mendes, Brazilian musician
  • 1943
    Serge Lama, French singer
  • 1946
    Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1947
    Derek Shulman, English musician
  • 1947
    Joselito, Spanish singer
  • 1947
    Kikko Matsuoka, Japanese actress
  • 1947
    Roy Carrier, American Zydeco musician (d. 2010)
  • 1947
    Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese politician
  • 1948
    Chris Rush, American stand-up comedian
  • 1949
    Guy Cloutier, French-Canadian music executive; father of Véronique Cloutier
  • 1953
    Jeb Bush, American politician and 43rd Governor of Florida
  • 1953
    Philip Anglim, American actor
  • 1954
    Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • 1954
    Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • 1956
    Catherine Hickland, American actress
  • 1956
    Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • 1956
    H.R., American singer
  • 1957
    Mitchell Symons, British writer
  • 1957
    Peter Klashorst, Dutch painter, sculptor, and photographer
  • 1959
    Bradley Cole, American actor
  • 1959
    Deborah Meaden, British entrepreneur
  • 1959
    Roberto Moreno, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1960
    Nick Currie, Scottish musician
  • 1960
    Richard Mastracchio, NASA astronaut
  • 1961
    Carey Lowell, American actress
  • 1961
    Mary Docter, American speed skater
  • 1962
    Eric Vanderaerden, Belgian cyclist
  • 1962
    Sheryl Crow, American musician
  • 1962
    Tammy Baldwin, American politician
  • 1963
    Diane Franklin, American actress
  • 1963
    José Mari Bakero, Spanish footballer
  • 1964
    Ken Shamrock, American martial artist
  • 1964
    Sarah Palin, American politician and 9th Governor of Alaska
  • 1965
    Vicki Wilson, Australian netballer
  • 1967
    Hank Gathers, American basketball player (d. 1990)
  • 1967
    Ty Treadway, American actor
  • 1967
    Uwe Daßler, German swimmer
  • 1969
    Andreas Hilfiker, Swiss footballer
  • 1969
    Jennifer Aniston, American actress
  • 1969
    P.J. Sparxx, American pornographic actress
  • 1970
    Fredrik Thordendal, Swedish musician
  • 1971
    Damian Lewis, British actor
  • 1971
    Evan Tanner, American mixed-martial artist (d. 2008)
  • 1972
    Brian Daubach, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Craig Jones, American musician (Slipknot)
  • 1972
    Kelly Slater, American surfer
  • 1972
    Steve McManaman, English footballer
  • 1973
    Ethan Iverson, jazz pianist
  • 1973
    Jeon Do-yeon, Korean actress
  • 1973
    Varg Vikernes, Norwegian musician (Burzum, Mayhem)
  • 1974
    Alex Jones, American radio host
  • 1974
    D'Angelo, American singer
  • 1974
    Isaiah Mustafa, American actor, spokesman
  • 1974
    Nick Barmby, English footballer
  • 1974
    Zain Verjee, American newsreporter
  • 1975
    Andy Lally, American racing driver
  • 1975
    Jacque Vaughn, American basketball player
  • 1976
    André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor
  • 1976
    Brice Beckham, American actor
  • 1976
    Jorge Luís, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976
    Peter Hayes, American musician
  • 1976
    Tony Battie, American basketball player
  • 1977
    Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park and Fort Minor)
  • 1979
    Brandy, American singer and actress
  • 1980
    Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1980
    Marco Bresciano, Australian footballer
  • 1980
    Matthew Lawrence, American actor
  • 1980
    Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • 1981
    Kelly Rowland, American singer
  • 1981
    Scot Thompson, American footballer
  • 1982
    Jürgen Schmid, German footballer
  • 1982
    Natalie Dormer, English actress
  • 1982
    Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player
  • 1983
    Huang Shengyi, Chinese actress
  • 1983
    Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer
  • 1983
    Tihhon Šišov, Estonian footballer
  • 1983
    Tony Curtis, American football player
  • 1984
    Aubrey O'Day, American singer
  • 1984
    Maxime Talbot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    Harris Allan, Canadian actor
  • 1985
    Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985
    William Beckett, American singer
  • 1987
    Brian Matusz, American baseball player
  • 1989
    Lovi Poe, Filipina singer and television actress
  • 1990
    Go Ara, South Korean actress (SM Entertainment)
  • 1990
    Princess Ayah bint Al Faisal, Jordanian royalty
  • 1991
    Christofer Ingle, American musician (Never Shout Never)
  • 1991
    Georgia May Foote, British actress
  • 1992
    Taylor Lautner, American actor
  • 1994
    Dominic Janes, American actor

Who Died On February 11?

  • 244
    Gordian III, Emperor of Rome
  • 641
    Heraclius, Emperor of Byzantium
  • 731
    Pope Gregory II
  • 821
    Saint Benedict of Aniane
  • 824
    Pope Paschal I
  • 1141
    Hugo of St. Victor, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1096)
  • 1160
    Minamoto no Yoshitomo, Japanese general (b. 1123)
  • 1503
    Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England (b. 1466)
  • 1626
    Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (b. 1552)
  • 1650
    René Descartes, French philosopher (b. 1596)
  • 1685
    David Teniers III, Flemish painter (b. 1638)
  • 1713
    Jahandar Shah, Mughal emperor of India (b. 1664)
  • 1755
    Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • 1762
    Johann Tobias Krebs, German composer (b. 1690)
  • 1763
    William Shenstone, English poet (b. 1714)
  • 1795
    Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet and composer (b. 1740)
  • 1797
    Antoine Dauvergne, French composer (b. 1713)
  • 1829
    Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright (b. 1795)
  • 1860
    Ellen Day Hale,American painter and printmaker (b. 1855)
  • 1862
    Elizabeth Siddal, British poet and artist (b. 1829)
  • 1868
    Léon Foucault, French astronomer (b. 1819)
  • 1879
    Honoré Daumier, French caricaturist and painter (b. 1808)
  • 1917
    Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (b. 1872)
  • 1923
    Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (b. 1847)
  • 1931
    Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (b. 1854)
  • 1939
    Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer (b. 1874)
  • 1940
    John Buchan, Governor-General of Canada (b. 1875)
  • 1945
    Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 1948
    Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet film director (b. 1898)
  • 1954
    Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • 1958
    Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1959
    Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • 1963
    John Olof Dahlgren, American recipient of the Medal of Honor (b. 1872)
  • 1963
    Sylvia Plath, American writer (b. 1932)
  • 1967
    A.J. Muste, American peace activist (b. 1885)
  • 1967
    Tran Tu Binh, Vietnamese general and politician (b. 1907)
  • 1968
    Howard Lindsay, American playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1972
    Jan Wils, Dutch architect (b. 1891)
  • 1973
    J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1975
    Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • 1976
    Alexander Lippisch, German scientist (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Lee J Cobb, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1977
    Louis Beel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1978
    James B Conant, American chemist and university president (b. 1893)
  • 1981
    Franz Sondheimer, British chemist (b. 1926)
  • 1982
    Eleanor Powell, American actress and dancer (b. 1912)
  • 1982
    Takashi Shimura, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • 1985
    Heinz Eric Roemheld, American composer (b. 1901)
  • 1985
    Henry Hathaway, American actor and director (b. 1898)
  • 1986
    Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • 1986
    Frank Herbert, American author (b. 1920)
  • 1989
    George O'Hanlon, American actor and director (b. 1912)
  • 1993
    George A. Stephen, founder of Weber-Stephen Products Co. (b. 1922)
  • 1993
    Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • 1994
    Neil Bonnett, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  • 1994
    Paul Feyerabend, Austrian philosopher (b. 1924)
  • 1994
    Sorrell Booke, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 1994
    William Conrad, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Amelia Rosselli, Italian poet (b. 1930)
  • 1996
    Cyril Poole, English cricketer (b. 1921)
  • 1996
    Kebby Musokotwane, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1946)
  • 1997
    Don Porter, American actor (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Jacqueline Auriol, French aviatrix (b. 1917)
  • 2000
    Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • 2002
    Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2002
    Frankie Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • 2005
    Stan Richards English television actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Jackie Pallo, wrestler (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)
  • 2006
    Peter Benchley, American author (b. 1940)
  • 2007
    Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Tom Lantos, American politician (b. 1928)
  • 2009
    Eleanor Harz Jorden American linguistics scholar and an influential Japanese language educator and expert. (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer (b. 1969)
  • 2010
    Vance A. Larson, American artist (b. 1951)
  • 2011
    Chuck Tanner, American Baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2011
    Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)

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