About May 11

May 11, 2022 is the 131st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 234 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 256 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 11

  • 1310
    In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics.
  • 1502
    Christopher Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.
  • 1745
    War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy – French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army.
  • 1812
    Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
  • 1813
    In Australia, William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth lead an expedition westwards from Sydney. Their route opens up inland Australia for continued expansion throughout the 19th century.
  • 1820
    Launch of HMS Beagle, the ship that took Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
  • 1846
    President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican-American War
  • 1867
    Luxembourg gains its independence.
  • 1880
    Seven people are killed in the Mussel Slough Tragedy, a gun battle in California
  • 1894
    Pullman Strike: Four thousand Pullman Palace Car Company workers go on a wildcat strike in Illinois.
  • 1942
    William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
  • 1943
    World War II: American troops invade Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces.
  • 1945
    World War II: Off the coast of Okinawa, the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Although badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power.
  • 1949
    Israel joins the United Nations.
  • 1953
    The 1953 Waco tornado outbreak: an F5 tornado hits downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114.
  • 1960
    In Buenos Aires, Argentina, four Israeli Mossad agents capture fugitive Nazi Adolf Eichmann who is living under the alias of Ricardo Klement.
  • 1968
    The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor–Danforth line, going to Scarborough in the East, and Etobicoke in the West.
  • 1983
    Aberdeen F.C. defeat Real Madrid 2-1 to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1997
    Deep Blue, a chess-playing supercomputer, defeats Garry Kasparov in the last game of the rematch, becoming the first computer to beat a world-champion chess player in a classic match format.
  • 2000
    Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.

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