About October 11

October 11, 2020 is the 285th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 124 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 11

  • 1614
    Adriaen Block and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony.
  • 1727
    George II and Caroline of Ansbach are crowned King and Queen of Great Britain.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Valcour Island – On Lake Champlain a fleet of American boats is defeated by the Royal Navy, but delays the British advance until 1777.
  • 1811
    Inventor John Stevens’ boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).
  • 1833
    A big demonstration at the gates of the legislature of Buenos Aires forces the ousting of governor Juan Ramón Balcarce and his replacement with Juan José Viamonte.
  • 1864
    Campina Grande, Brazil is established as a city.
  • 1865
    Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
  • 1899
    Second Boer War begins: In South Africa, a war between the United Kingdom and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State erupts.
  • 1910
    Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright Brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert-St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Greek Army liberates the city of Kozani.
  • 1941
    Beginning of the National Liberation War of Macedonia.
  • 1954
    First Indochina War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
  • 1957
    Space Race: M.I.T. scientists calculate Sputnik I’s booster rocket’s orbit.
  • 1958
    Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up).
  • 1975
    The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests.
  • 1976
    George Washington’s appointment, posthumously, to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by congressional joint resolution Public Law 94-479 is approved by President Gerald R. Ford.
  • 1982
    The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth.
  • 1987
    Start of Operation Pawan by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka that killed few thousand ethnic Tamil civilians, several hundred Tamil Tigers and few hundred Indian Army soldiers.
  • 1996
    Pala accident: a wood lorry and school bus collide in Jõgeva county, Estonia, killing eight children.
  • 2002
    A bomb attack in a shopping mall in Vantaa, Finland kills seven.

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