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In the Gregorian Calendar, May 11 is the 131th
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Quote of the Day…

There are two kinds of men; those who make history and those who suffer from it.

— Camilo José Cela
Spanish writer (born May 11, 1916).

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “Such a Day as Today” / Image Credit: Gerd Altmann

May 11 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 330: The city of Byzantium is renamed Nova Roma during a “dedication ceremony”, however, it continues to be known more popularly as Constantinople.
  • 868: In China, Wang Jie prints the Diamond Sutra (Buddhist text), translated from the Sanskrit language. It is considered the first printed book that has reached the present time.
  • 912: in Byzantium, Alexander becomes emperor.
  • 1310: in France, 54 Templars are burned by the Inquisition, accused of heresy.
  • 1678: on the Dutch island of Curaçao, the French ships under the command of Jean d’Estrées, trying to conquer it, were shipwrecked.
  • 1745: in the plain of Fontenoy, 7 kilometers southeast of the village of Tournai – within the framework of the War of the Austrian Succession – French forces defeat the Anglo-Dutch army at the Battle of Fontenoy.
  • 1812: in the offices of the House of Lords (London) a certain John Bellingham assassinates the British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.
  • 1813: in Argentina, the Assembly of the year XIII approves the creation of the National Anthem.
  • 1820: in England the HMS Beagle is launched, a ship that, a decade later, will take Charles Darwin on his scientific journey.
  • 1850: in Naples (Italy), the astronomer Anníbale de Gasparis (1819-1892) discovers the asteroid Parténope (11).
  • 1857: in Delhi (India) ―in the framework of the Rebellion of 1857―, the Indians liberate the city.
  • 1858: Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd state of the United States.
  • 1867: Luxembourg becomes independent from Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • 1880: 11 km northwest of the town of Hanford (California), several civil police officers from the Southern Pacific Railroad company kill seven villagers who refused to sell their land for the railroad crossing. (See Tragedy of Mussel Slough).
  • 1891: in Otsu (Japan), Tsarévich Nicholas Alexandrovich (later Nicholas II) is attacked by a Japanese member of his bodyguard, who is arrested. See Ōtsu Incident.
  • 1911: off the coast of Cape Charles (Virginia, United States) the passenger ship USS Mérida collides with the warship USS Farragut.
  • 1918: in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia) the Republic of the Mountains of the North Caucasus is established. In June 1920 it will be eliminated by the Red Army.
  • 1924: Mercedes-Benz formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz is created in Germany as a merger of the two companies.
  • 1927: in Los Angeles (California) the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is created.
  • 1931: in the Second Spanish Republic in Madrid a burning of churches and convents begins.
  • 1939: in the battle of Khalkhin Gol begins between forces of the Red Army and troops of Japan.
  • 1940: Great Britain carries out the first massive bombardment against the German civilian population.
  • 1943: in Changshiao (Hunan province) the Japanese Expeditionary Army under the command of General Shunroku Hata perpetrates the third day (of four) of the Changshiao Massacre, in which 30,000 men, women and children were raped and killed.
  • 1943: in the Aleutian Islands – in the framework of World War II – American troops invade Attu Island from Japanese troops.
  • 1944 Allied troops begin the largest offensive of World War II on the Gustav Line.
  • 1946: the UMNO (United Malays National Organization), the largest political party in the country, is founded in Malaysia.
  • 1949: Siam changes its name to Thailand for the second time. That name was imposed in 1939 but was changed in 1945.
  • 1949: Israel joins the UN.
  • 1958: in the Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), the United States detonates its atomic bomb Fir, of 1,360 kt. A very good yield is achieved: 93.4% melting of the radioactive material.
  • 1958: in the Enewetak Atoll (Marshall Islands), the United States detonates its Butternut atomic bomb, 81 kt. This is the first time the newly designed B46 (or Mk-46) pump has been tested.
  • 1960: the first contraceptive pill is released in the United States.
  • 1960: in the city of Bancalari, in the north of Greater Buenos Aires (Argentina), agents of the Israeli secret service (Mosad) kidnap the genocidal Nazi Adolf Eichmann (54), who lived incognito (with the name of Roberto Klement) in a house. He will be brought to Israel, tried and executed.
  • 1962: about 600 km off the coast of San Diego, California, the destroyer Agerholm fires a nuclear warhead torpedo missile, which explodes 4 km away.
  • 1967: in Athens, the Greek military junta imprisons the Greek politician Andreas Papandreou.
  • 1974: in Buenos Aires, the religious, teacher and social activist Carlos Mugica (Father Mugica) is shot to death. The crime is attributed to the parapolice organization Triple A (Alianza Anticomunista Argentina).
  • 1985: in Bradford (United Kingdom) the Valley Parade stadium burns down during a football match. 56 people die.
  • 1986: in the city of Barranquilla (Colombia) the Roberto Meléndez Metropolitan Stadium is inaugurated with a soccer match between Junior and the Uruguayan team.
  • 1987: in Lyon (France), Klaus Barbie is tried for war crimes during World War II.
  • 1990: Mexican singer Juan Gabriel performs the third of four consecutive successful concerts at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
  • 1992: the station Colorín ColorRadio of the radio station Caracol Radio is launched in Colombia and it was the first and only station dedicated to children.
  • 1993: Australian soft rock duo Air Supply releases their twelfth studio album, The Vanishing Race, produced by Chilean producer Humberto Gatica (b.1951).
  • 1995: in New York City, more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.
  • 1997: IBM’s supercomputer Deeper Blue, an advanced version of Deep Blue, wins a six-game chess match against Russian Garri Kasparov, sparking controversy when it is not clear whether the best player in the world was a machine.
  • 1999: The Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, releases his fifth studio album and second self-titled also his debut album in English titled Ricky Martin.
  • 2006: in Antwerp (Belgium), the Belgian skinhead student Hans Van Themsche (18), influenced by the ideas of the Flemish Interest party, shoots three people with a rifle, killing two and seriously wounding another. He is arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 2011: in Murcia (Spain) an earthquake of 5.3 degrees on the magnitude scale at the moment; the most affected city is Lorca.
  • 2011: Council of Europe has adopted the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Susanne Jutzeler

May 11 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 483: Justinian I, Byzantine emperor between 527 and 565.
  • 1571: Niwa Nagashige, Japanese military man (d. 1637).
  • 1698: Pierre Contant d’Ivry, French architect.
  • 1720: Baron of Münchhausen, German military man.
  • 1722: Petrus Camper, Dutch physician, naturalist and biologist.
  • 1733: Victory of France, French aristocrat, daughter of King Louis XV (d. 1799).
  • 1751 – Ralph Earl, American painter (d. 1801).
  • 1752: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist.
  • 1763: János Batsányi, Hungarian poet (d. 1845).
  • 1797: José Mariano Salas, Mexican politician and military man (d. 1867).
  • 1801: Henri Labrouste, French architect (d. 1875).
  • 1811: Chang and Eng Bunker, Thai conjoined twins.
  • 1817: Fanny Cerrito, Italian dancer (d. 1909).
  • 1823: Alfred Stevens, Belgian painter (d. 1906).
  • 1824: Jean-Léon Gérôme, French painter and sculptor.
  • 1826: Mamerto Esquiú, Argentine religious.
  • 1827: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, French sculptor and painter (d. 1875).
  • 1834: Leopoldo Montes de Oca, Argentine doctor and academic (d. 1906).
  • 1835: Kārlis Baumanis, Latvian composer.
  • 1852: Charles Warren Fairbanks, American politician, vice president between 1905 and 1909.
  • 1861: Frederick Russell Burnham, American military man.
  • 1871: Stjepan Radić, Croatian politician (d. 1928).
  • 1871: Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, Spanish painter (d. 1949).
  • 1875 – Harriet Quimby, American aviator (d. 1912).
  • 1879: Eloy Bullón Fernández, Spanish philosopher (d. 1957).
  • 1881: Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963).
  • 1881: Jan van Gilse, German composer (d. 1944).
  • 1884: Evelio Boal, Spanish anarchist trade unionist (d. 1921).
  • 1886: José García-Siñeriz, Spanish politician (d. 1974).
  • 1887: Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian pianist (d. 1961).
  • 1888: Irving Berlin, American composer.
  • 1892: Margaret Rutherford, British actress (d. 1972).
  • 1894: Martha Graham, American dancer, dance teacher and choreographer (d. 1991).
  • 1895 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher.
  • 1895: William Grant Still, American composer (d. 1978).
  • 1896: Filippo De Pisis, Italian painter.
  • 1897: Kurt Gerron, German filmmaker (d. 1944).
  • 1899: Paulino Masip, Spanish film writer and screenwriter.
  • 1901: Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988).
  • 1902: Kiril Moskalenko, Soviet military man (d. 1985).
  • 1904: Salvador Dalí, Spanish painter (d. 1989).
  • 1907: Bernardo Estornés Lasa, writer and promoter of Basque culture (f. 1999).
  • 1911: Phil Silvers, American actor (d. 1985).
  • 1912: Edmundo Pérez Zujovic, Chilean politician (d. 1971).
  • 1912: Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (d. 2001).
  • 1913: Robert Jungk, Austrian publicist (d. 1994).
  • 1914: Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998).
  • 1916: Camilo José Cela, Spanish writer (f. 2002).
  • 1918: Richard Feynman, American physicist, Nobel Prize winner in physics in 1965 (d. 1988).
  • 1924: Antony Hewish, British radio astronomer, 1974 Nobel Laureate in Physics.
  • 1927: Bernard Fox, British actor (d. 2016).
  • 1927: Gene Savoy, American explorer and writer (d. 2007).
  • 1928: Marco Ferreri, Italian filmmaker (d. 1997).
  • 1928: Yaacov Agam, Israeli artist.
  • 1930: Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch scientist and computer scientist (d. 2002).
  • 1932: Valentino Garavani, Italian designer.
  • 1932: Francisco Umbral, Spanish writer.
  • 1935: Doug McClure, American actor (d. 1995).
  • 1936: Carla Bley, American musician.
  • 1938: Joan Margarit i Consarnau, Spanish poet (d. 2021).
  • 1939: René Cardona Jr., Mexican actor and filmmaker (d. 2003).
  • 1939: Carlos Lyra, Brazilian musician.
  • 1940: Juan Downey, Chilean video artist.
  • 1941: Eric Burdon, British musician, of the band The Animals.
  • 1943: Nancy Greene, Canadian skier.
  • 1946: Robert Jarvik, American physicist and inventor.
  • 1947: Andrés Pérez Araya, Chilean theater director and actor.
  • 1948 Pam Ferris, German-British actress.
  • 1951: Ricardo Rubio, Argentine writer, poet and playwright.
  • 1952: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian actress.
  • 1952: Jorge «Lobito» Martínez, Paraguayan musician and composer (f. 2003).
  • 1952: Frances Fisher, British actress.
  • 1952: Renaud Séchan, French singer.
  • 1952: Beatriz Spelzini, Argentine actress.
  • 1955: María Sorté, Mexican actress
  • 1958: Phil Smyth, Australian basketball player.
  • 1960: Kike Santander, Colombian doctor and composer.
  • 1963: Natasha Richardson, British actress (d. 2009).
  • 1963: Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian.
  • 1964: Marcela Osorio, Chilean actress
  • 1964: Tim Blake Nelson, American actor.
  • 1965: Monsour del Rosario, actor and Filipino taekwondo practitioner.
  • 1966: Christoph Schneider, German drummer, of the band Rammstein.
  • 1967: Alberto García-Aspe, Mexican soccer player.
  • 1968: Jeffrey Donovan, American actor.
  • 1969: Sylvia Pantoja, Spanish singer.
  • 1970: Nicky Katt, American actor.
  • 1971: Alberto Rodríguez, Spanish filmmaker.
  • 1973: James Haven, American actor.
  • 1974: Benoît Magimel, French actor.
  • 1974: Billy Kidman, American wrestler.
  • 1975: Ziad Jarrah, Lebanese terrorist who participated in 9/11 (d. 2001).
  • 1975: Coby Bell, American actor.
  • 1977: Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer.
  • 1977: Pablo García, Uruguayan soccer player.
  • 1977: Bobby Roode, Canadian professional wrestler.
  • 1978: Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist, of the band Apocalyptica.
  • 1978: Laetitia Casta, French model and actress.
  • 1978: Jonathan Montenegro, Venezuelan actor, model and singer.
  • 1980: Francisco Buttó, Venezuelan baseball player.
  • 1981: Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player.
  • 1981: Austin O’Brien, American actor.
  • 1982: Cory Monteith, American singer and actor (f. 2013).
  • 1982: Jonathan Jackson, American actor.
  • 1983: Holly Valance, Australian singer and actress.
  • 1983: Hanna Verboom, Dutch actress.
  • 1984: Victorio D’Alessandro, Argentine actor.
  • 1984: Andrés Iniesta, Spanish footballer.
  • 1984: Abel Pintos, Argentine singer.
  • 1986: Abou Diaby, French footballer.
  • 1986: Ronny Heberson Furtado de Araújo, Brazilian soccer player.
  • 1986: Miguel Veloso, Portuguese soccer player.
  • 1987: Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast.
  • 1987: Enikő Mihalik, Hungarian model.
  • 1987: Kenth Kvien, Norwegian dj belonging to the musical duo Da Tweekaz.
  • 1988: Ace Hood, American rapper.
  • 1988: Ruud Vormer, Dutch footballer.
  • 1989: Giovani dos Santos, Mexican soccer player.
  • 1989: Prince Royce, American singer.
  • 1991: Gata Cattana, rapper and poet (d. 2017).
  • 1992: Thibaut Courtois, Belgian goalkeeper.
  • 1992: Pablo Sarabia, Spanish footballer.
  • 1999: Sabrina Carpenter, American actress and singer.
  • 1999: Madison Lintz, American actress.
  • 2000: Yuki Tsunoda, Japanese Formula 1 driver.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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Who Left Us “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Katrina

May 11 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 912: Leo VI the Wise, Byzantine emperor between 886 and 912.
  • 1304: Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler (b. 1271).
  • 1547: Francisco de los Cobos y Molina, Senior Accountant of Castilla y León, State Secretary of Emperor Carlos I (b.1477)
  • 1570: Alonso de Covarrubias, Spanish architect.
  • 1610: Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary.
  • 1706: Juan de Ovando, Spanish poet.
  • 1708: Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect.
  • 1723: Jean Galbert de Campistron, French playwright (b.1656).
  • 1778: William Pitt, the Elder, British politician.
  • 1780: Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, Spanish playwright.
  • 1801: Pepe-Hillo (José Delgado Guerra), Spanish bullfighter (b. 1754).
  • 1812: Spencer Perceval, British politician and prime minister (b. 1762).
  • 1849: Francisco Ortega, Mexican poet and politician.
  • 1849: Jeanne Françoise Julie Adélaïde Récamier, French sociologist (b. 1777).
  • 1849: Otto Nicolai, composer and conductor, founder of the Vienna Philharmonic (b. 1810).
  • 1871: John Herschel, British astronomer and mathematician.
  • 1881: Henri Fréderic Amiel, Swiss writer.
  • 1881: Juan Díaz de Garayo, Spanish criminal psychopath (b. 1821).
  • 1891: Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel, French physicist.
  • 1891: Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist.
  • 1899: Ricardo Macías Picavea, Spanish writer and thinker (b. 1847).
  • 1905: Ceferino Namuncurá, blessed Argentine Mapuche (b. 1886).
  • 1905: Manuel Reina Montilla, Spanish writer and politician (b. 1856).
  • 1916: Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer, mathematician and physicist.
  • 1916: Max Reger, German composer.
  • 1920: William Dean Howells, American writer.
  • 1927: Juan Gris (Victoriano González), Spanish painter.
  • 1935: Juan Antonio Morán, Argentine expropriator anarchist, executed.
  • 1935: Józef Piłsudski, Polish statesman.
  • 1939: Evgenii Miller, Russian counterrevolutionary (b. 1867).
  • 1940: Chūjirō Hayashi, Japanese reiki master.
  • 1946: Pedro Henríquez Ureña, Dominican writer.
  • 1956: Eugenio Baroffio, Uruguayan architect (b. 1877).
  • 1963: Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 1944.
  • 1963: Antonio Soto, Spanish-Argentine anarcho-syndicalist (b. 1897).
  • 1969: Alberto Bianchi, Argentine translator and anarchist (b. 1898).
  • 1970: Johnny Hodges, American jazz musician.
  • 1970: Julio Torri, Mexican writer (b. 1889).
  • 1973: Lex Barker, American actor.
  • 1973: Juan Eduardo Cirlot, poet and critic of Spanish art.
  • 1974: Carlos Mugica, Argentine priest (b.1930).
  • 1976: Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect and furniture designer.
  • 1979: Lester Flatt, American musician (b.1914).
  • 1980: Fernando Soto, Mexican actor (b.1911).
  • 1981: Bob Marley, Jamaican pacifist and reggae musician.
  • 1981: Odd Hassel, Norwegian physicist and chemist, 1969 Nobel Prize winner for chemistry.
  • 1985: Chester Gould, comic book artist, creator of Dick Tracy.
  • 1987: Guillermo Silveira, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1922).
  • 1988: Kim Philby, Anglo-Soviet spy.
  • 1996: Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigerian politician and president (b.1904).
  • 1996: Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian soccer player.
  • 1999: Juanita Simón, Argentine folk singer, of the group Los Hermanos Simón (b. ¿?).
  • 2000: Héctor Azar, Mexican writer (b.1930).
  • 2000: René Muñoz, Cuban actor and screenwriter (b.1938).
  • 2000: Paula Wessely, Austrian actress (b.1907).
  • 2001: Douglas Adams, British writer.
  • 2001: Jesús Aguirre, Spanish aristocrat, theologian and academic.
  • 2002: Diane Pretty, suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and British activist for euthanasia (b. 1958).
  • 2003: Luis Ignacio Helguera, Mexican poet and essayist (b. 1962).
  • 2003: José Manuel Lara, Spanish editor (b.1914).
  • 2003: Noel Redding, British bassist, of the band The Jimi Hendrix Experience (b.1945).
  • 2006: Ricardo Fernández, Peruvian actor.
  • 2006: Floyd Patterson, American boxer (b.1935).
  • 2007: Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoan king (b.1913).
  • 2008: John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, of the band Rush (b.1953).
  • 2009: Claudio Huepe, Chilean engineer, economist and politician (b. 1939).
  • 2010: Doris Eaton Travis, American actress (b.1904).
  • 2011: Robert Traylor, American basketball player (b. 1977).
  • 2011: Erlyn Hurtado, Nicaraguan criminal (b. 1979).
  • 2017: Alberto Perdomo, Uruguayan politician (b.1967).
  • 2019: Silver King, actor and Mexican professional wrestler (b.1968)
  • 2019: Peggy Lipton, American actress (b.1946).
  • 2020: Jerry Stiller, American actor and comedian (b.1927).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Sakkanan Norkaew

May 11 – A Day as Today – Celebration

  • Guatemala
    • Civil service day in Guatemala.
  • Argentina
    • Day of the Argentine National Anthem.
  • Bulgaria
    • Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, creators of the Cyrillic alphabet.
  • Chile
    • Student Day.
    • National Theater Day, remembering the birth of Andrés Pérez Araya.
  • Spain
    • Badalona: Night of San Anastasio, patron of the city, with the Burning of the Demon.
    • Lérida: Main festival, patron of the city.

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today” / Image Credit: Peter H

May 11 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saint Antimo of Rome
  • Saint Evelius, martyr
  • Saint Francis of Jerome
  • Saint Gangulf of Varennes
  • Saint Walter of Esterp
  • Saint Ignatius of Laconi
  • Saint Illuminated of San Severino
  • Saint Enlightened, monk
  • Saint Mamerto of Vienne
  • Saint Matthew Lê Van Gâm
  • Saint Mayolo of Cluny
  • Saint Mayulus of Byzacena
  • Saint Mocio of Byzantium
  • Blessed Gregory Celli
  • Blessed Domingo Iturrate, Trinitarian religious.

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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Prediction your zodiac sign with Dorian / Image Credit: p2722754

May 11 – A Day as Today – Zodiac Sign

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