34 fun facts for August, 11

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
August 11 is a day full of interesting events, such as the discovery of Mars' moon Phobos, the patenting of the first electric musical instrument, and the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Holidays celebrated on this day include National Root Beer Float Day, Report Medicare Fraud Day, and the Independence Days of Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
34 Fun facts
  1. On August 11, 1877, astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Mars' moon Phobos. This remarkable finding furthered our understanding of the solar system and would influence future missions to Mars.
  2. The first ever electric musical instrument, the Telharmonium, was patented by Thaddeus Cahill on August 11, 1896. This groundbreaking invention laid the foundation for modern electronic music.
  3. On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth became the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career. This achievement solidified his status as a legendary American sports figure.
  4. In 1953, German actor and playwright Klaus Mann passed away on August 11. He was the son of famous German novelist and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann.
  5. August 11 marks National Root Beer Float Day in the United States. This delicious treat combines cold root beer and vanilla ice cream, making for a tasty and refreshing summer beverage.
  6. In the United States, August 11 is also celebrated as Report Medicare Fraud Day. This day brings awareness to the importance of reporting fraudulent activities concerning Medicare and protecting this vital resource for seniors.
  7. Famous American film director Cecil B. DeMille was born on August 11, 1881. He was a pioneer filmmaker, both a founder of Paramount Pictures and one of the individuals who cofounded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  8. On August 11, 1866, English author and poet Edward Carpenter was born. Known for his writings on gay rights, environmentalist efforts, and socialism, Carpenter played an essential role in influencing progressive movements at the turn of the 20th century.
  9. In 2013, Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter and Olympic gold medallist, won his third world championship 200-meter title on August 11. Bolt holds numerous records in the world of sprinting and is often hailed as the fastest man alive.
  10. The United States Congress issued the Articles of War on August 11, 1776, outlining the rules and conduct for the newly formed Continental Army. This action was pivotal in the early stages of the American Revolution.
  11. Born on August 11, 1897, American engineer and inventor Louise Freeland Jenkins made significant contributions to telecommunication advancements during her lifetime. She developed several patents and played a crucial role in forming the Communications Satellite Corporation.
  12. August 11, 1984, marks the day when the Space Shuttle Discovery completed its maiden voyage. This remarkable spacecraft would go on to make a total of 39 spaceflights before its retirement.
  13. On August 11, 1903, Mickey Cochrane, an American baseball player, and manager was born. Cochrane was a two-time American League MVP and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  14. Russia's 12th Mir Space Station expedition began on August 11, 1992, with the launch of the Soyuz TM-15 mission. The Mir Space Station played a vital role in human space exploration and was the predecessor to the International Space Station.
  15. Vladimir Putin was appointed as the Prime Minister of Russia on August 11, 1999, by then-President Boris Yeltsin. Putin would later become the President of Russia in December 1999 after Yeltsin's resignation.
  16. On August 11, 1904, Louise Suggs, an American golfer and LPGA Tour founder, was born. She won 11 major championships and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1951.
  17. August 11, 1927, is the birth date of Scottish physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Stephen Gray. Gray made significant contributions to the field of radiation physics and the development of nuclear medicine.
  18. Singapore was expelled from the Federation of Malaysia on August 11, 1965, and became an independent nation. This event marked the birth of the modern-day Republic of Singapore.
  19. On August 11, 1942, Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-American actress and inventor, was granted a patent for a frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system. This technology would later become the basis for modern Wi-Fi and Bluetooth systems.
  20. India's famous Quit India Movement, a massive civil disobedience campaign against British rule, began on August 11, 1942.
  21. The worldwide premiere of the famous Broadway musical "West Side Story" happened on August 11, 1957. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show became an instant classic.
  22. On August 11, 1970, New Zealand and Australia celebrated the first ever Arbor Day, an initiative to encourage tree planting and raise environmental awareness.
  23. French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Albert Camus, completed his novel "The Stranger" on August 11, 1941.
  24. August 11 marks the birthday of popular science fiction author Alexei Panshin. Born in 1940, Panshin is best known for his novel "Rite of Passage."
  25. The first ascent of the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the Alps, was successfully completed by Englishman Edward Whymper and his team on August 11, 1865.
  26. On August 11, 1960, Chad gained its independence from France. This day is celebrated annually as Chad's Independence Day.
  27. August 11, 1992, saw the release of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System video game "Metroid." This groundbreaking game introduced one of gaming's first female protagonists, Samus Aran.
  28. August 11 is the National Day of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This holiday commemorates the country's independence from Belgium in 1960.
  29. The famous Parthenon Marbles, a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures, arrived in London on August 11, 1816. The marbles are now housed at the British Museum.
  30. On August 11, 1980, the influential American musicians Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed a free concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  31. August 11 is National Raspberry Bombe Day in the United States, a day to celebrate the delicious frozen dessert made from ice cream, fruit, and whipped cream.
  32. On August 11, 1968, The Beatles launched their new music label, Apple Records, with the release of their single "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution."
  33. August 11, 1949, marks the birthday of American actor, director, and political activist Danny DeVito.
  34. On August 11, 1988, the United Nations passed Resolution 598, which led to a ceasefire between Iran and Iraq, effectively ending the Iran-Iraq War.