About May 11

May 11, 2020 is the 132nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 234 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 277 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 11

  • 330
    Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a dedication ceremony, but it is more popularly referred to as Constantinople.
  • 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.
  • 1647
    Peter Stuyvesant arrives in New Amsterdam to replace Willem Kieft as Director-General of New Netherland, the Dutch colonial settlement in present-day New York City.
  • 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.
  • 1857
    Indian Mutiny: Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British.
  • 1858
    Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. State.
  • 1867
    Luxembourg gains its independence.
  • 1918
    The Mountainous Republic of the Northern Caucasus is officially established.
  • 1924
    Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.
  • 1942
    William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    UMNO is created.
  • 1983
    Aberdeen F.C. defeat Real Madrid 2-1 to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1987
    Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II.
  • 1995
    In New York City more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • 1996
    After the aircraft’s departure from Miami, Florida, a fire started by improperly handled oxygen canisters in the cargo hold of Atlanta-bound ValuJet Flight 592 causes the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 on board.
  • 1998
    India conducts three underground atomic tests in Pokhran to include a thermonuclear device.
  • 2000
    Second Chechen War: Chechen separatists ambush Russian paramilitary forces in the Republic of Ingushetia.

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