About August 11

August 11, 2020 is the 224th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 142 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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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 185 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.
  • 106
    The south-eastern part of Dacia (modern Romania) becomes a Roman province: Roman Dacia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    The Latvian–Soviet Peace Treaty, which relinquished Russia’s authority and pretenses to Latvia, is signed, ending the Latvian War of Independence.
  • 1934
    The first civilian prisoners arrive at the Federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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