March 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, March 11, 1918, the Spanish flu received its first case in the US?

March 11th is officially celebrated as Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day and World Plumbing Day.

Today is the 70th day of the year, and there are 295 days left of 2023.

Let’s not be too hasty though it’s definitely worth checking out this special day. Find out all there is to know about this day in history with these historical events and interesting facts.

Did you know that on this day in 1918, the Spanish flu received its first case in the US? The flu infected about a third of the world’s population at the time.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about March 11th in history!

What Events Happened On March 11 In History?

2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the spread of Covid-19 was now at a Pandemic stage.

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2020 The United States suspended travel from Europe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


2018 Marvel’s movie “Black Panther” became the 5th movie of all time to make more than $1 billion at the Box Office.

OTD in 2018: Marvel's movie "Black Panther" became the 5th movie of all time to make more than $1 billion at the Box Office.

2011 15,899 lives were lost after a severe 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred in Japan.

The earthquake shook the island, causing a tsunami and the second-worst nuclear accident in history at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Total damage was equivalent to $260 billion.

2006 Michelle Bachelet became the first female president of Chile.

1997 Queen Elizabeth II knighted Paul McCartney from the Beatles.

The ceremony for his "services to music" took place at Buckingham Palace.

1986 The NFL started using the instant replay rule where video is analyzed to review what had just happened in a game.


1967 Pink Floyd’s debut album “Arnold Layne” was released.

1960 NASA launched the Pioneer 5 space probe from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Although the probe only sent data back to Earth for fifty days, the Pioneer 5 is considered the most successful probe in the Pioneer series. It was originally intended to perform a flyby of Venus, but the window of opportunity was no longer open due to delays. Instead, it was sent to study the interplanetary space between Earth and Venus, where it proved the existence of interplanetary magnetic fields.

1945 The Empire of Japan established the Empire of Vietnam, which acted as a puppet state to Japan.

1918 The Spanish Flu received its first case in the US.

The Spanish flu was a pandemic that claimed the lives of more than 50 million people worldwide.

1869 The existence of the giant panda became known to the Western world after French Armand David received a giant panda’s skin from a hunter.

OTD in 1869: The existence of the giant panda became known to the Western world after French Armand David received a giant panda's skin from a hunter.

1850 The Women’s College of Pennsylvania, US opened – making it the 2nd female medical school in America.

1669 More than 20,000 people were killed after Mount Etna erupted in Sicily.

OTD in 1669: More than 20

Tragically the nearby residents mostly ignored recommendations a few days earlier to relocate as they thought they could try and save their city.

Famous Quotes Said On March 11

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quotes ever said on March 11th.


“Men are only as good as their technical development allows them to be.”

– George Orwell


“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Famous People Born On March 11

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Johnny Knoxville? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1993 Anthony Davis

American Basketball Player

Anthony Davis
30 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

1971 Johnny Knoxville

American Actor

Johnny Knoxville
52 years old
Born In:
Tennessee, USA

1989 Anton Yelchin

American Actor

Anton Yelchin
Died On:
Jun 19, 2016 (Age 27)
Born In:
St. Petersburg, Russia

1981 Matthias Schweighöfer

German Actor

Matthias Schweighöfer
42 years old
Born In:
Anklam, Germany

Special Holidays On March 11

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

March 11: National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day

National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day

Are you getting sick and tired of your boring breakfast routine? Well, today is the perfect day to switch things up a bit, as it’s Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day! The best thing about oatmeal nut waffles is that they’re both healthy and delicious, but don’t take our word for it - try some yourself!

March 11: World Plumbing Day

World Plumbing Day

Plumbers are a special breed, and they’re rarely appreciated for the dirty work they do, so you don’t have to. So take a moment today on World Plumbing Day and let your plumber know how much you appreciate them.

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English accounts for 50% of visited webpages, even though the amount of English users is only 26%. Russian accounts for the 2nd most visited pages at only 6%.

March 11 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on this day shares the same star sign, Pisces.

Pisces have powerful gut reactions and can often judge whether a person or situation is good or bad.

For all of you who were born in March, your allocated birthstone is aquamarine. Aquamarine is a sea-blue color and has long been a symbol of youth, health, and hope.

If you were born on this day, you would likely have been conceived on or around June 18th of the previous year.

Babies conceived on March 11, 2023, will likely be born around December 2, 2023.

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