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August 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 11

August 11th is known as Play In The Sand Day as well as Son’s and Daughter’s Day.

Welcome to day 223 of 365! We’re only 142 days away from celebrating the new year… but it’s probably too early to be thinking about that yet.

People who were born on this day share the Leo star sign.

August 11 is definitely a day you want to learn about! Find out the facts about what makes this day so important in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1866, the first US roller skating rink opened in Rhode Island? The rink was constructed in the dining room of the Atlantic House resort hotel in Newport.

Keep reading for more facts about August 11th in history!

What Happened On August 11 In History?


Airbedandbreakfast.com was launched on this day by its three founders, which is now known as Airbnb.


The last total solar eclipse of the 20th century occurred on this day and was visible from Europe and Asia.

Source BBC

American steamship S. S. Arapahoe became the first to use the signal “SOS” off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA.

The distress signal had only recently been changed from "CQD" to "SOS" by the Berlin Radiotelegraph Conference, and the captain of S. S. Arapahoe was initially unsure which to use.
Source NC DNCR

Inventor Harvey Hubbell patented the popular light bulb with a pull chain.

OTD in 1896: Inventor Harvey Hubbell patented the popular light bulb with a pull chain.

Joseph Pulitzer wrote an article in New York World to ask the public to donate towards constructing the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty.

Within just six months, his article had raised an incredible $100,000.
Source NPS

Harry S. Parmelee patented the fire sprinkler system.

The invention became very popular, and roughly 200,000 systems were sold between 1878 and 1882.

The world’s first roller skating rink opened in Rhode Island.

The rink was previously a dining room and, after renovation, was opened for the public.

Mount Papandayan volcano in Indonesia erupted, killing almost 3,000 people.


Pope Alexander VI, born Rodrigo de Borja became Pope.

OTD in 1492: Pope Alexander VI

Roman general, Claudius Silvanus fraudulently proclaimed himself as Roman emperor and was hacked to death.