About August 11

August 11, 2021 is the 223rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 142 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 174 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Sheremetyevo International Airport, the second-largest airport in Russia, opens.
  • 1965
    Race riots (the Watts riots) begin in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California.
  • 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
    Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2003
    The highest temperature ever seen in Great Britain (38.1 °C) is recorded at Gravesend, Kent.

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