April 11: The Most Boring Day in History

Every day, something significant to human history must happen … right?

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Wrong. Last year, the computer program True Knowledge concluded that the most boring day in human history occurred, 57 years ago today. Using algorithms that used weighted values for more than three million facts including historical events, birthdays of significant people, etc., it determined that April 11, 1954, was really, really uneventful.

 

William Tunstall-Pedoe, a computer scientist in Cambridge, U.K., who created True Knowledge, told the Telegraph:

Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred and, although a typical day in the 20th century has many notable people being born, for some reason that day had only one who might make that claim – Abdullah Atalar, a Turkish academic.

Apparently the only other significant event that day was a Belgian election.

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  1. gene says:

    Hmmm, even the famous (?) Abdullah Atalar and a Belgian election have me feeling underwhelmed. What an amazing use of computer power.

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  2. Matthias says:

    History channel says that on this day 1814, Napoleon was exiled. Happy Napoleon-Exiled-Day!

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  3. spudart says:

    Can we see a list of the top 25 most boring days in the 20th century?

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  4. Juan says:

    mmm…
    apollo 13 launch? anyone?

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  5. Rob B says:

    It’s the classic uninteresting number problem: once an uninteresting number (or day) is found, that fact makes the day interesting. Ergo, there are no uninteresting days.

    (This works better for numbers, where you can have a *first* uninteresting number)

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  6. AaronS says:

    On April 11, 1954, as the French situation at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, grew more desperate, the State Department published a paper called “The Importance of IndoChina.”

    That paper, and the fall of Dien Bien Phu less than a month later, took America into a war that created a divide in our nation not seen since the Civil War…and one from which we have yet to recover.

    That paper created the necessary alarm to push us to hold up the “dominoes,” yet 55,000 American lives, billions of dollars, and a divided nation later, we had to let the dominoes fall.

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  7. John L says:

    I was 10 years old that day.

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  8. oscar says:

    wow that was funny. and interesting

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