Datebook: April 11 - The Most Boring Day of the 20th Century

Apr 11, 2012

Computer programmer William Tunstall-Pedoe calculated April 11, 1954 to be the most boring day of the 20th Century. He developed a program called True Knowledge that came to this decision after being fed 300 million facts about people, places, business, and events in the news.

On this day, a general election was held in Belgium, a Turkish academic was born, and a soccer player named Jack Shufflebotham died. Also, the grass grew, the birds chirped, and several people ate sandwiches. Commemoratively on April 11, 2012:  early baseball great Cap Anson turns 160 today, and the French won the Battle of Ravenna 500 years ago, but that's just relatively unexciting trivia fit for duly dull day.

And if you're really bored, you can read more about this day on NPR's Two-Way blog.

It’s Wednesday, April 11

Dan Knowles and his Hot Band will play at Wrather Museum on Saturday night at 7.  Doors open at 6. The concert is part of the Spring Strings series, created by the Murray State Sociology Program to showcase local music and culture in the Jackson Purchase Region.  $10 tickets can be purchased at Boulder’s, Music One, the Sociology office in Faculty Hall, or at the event. 

The MSU Horticulture Plant Sale will be Saturday from 8 to 1 at Pullen Farm, located on the corner of Highway 94 and Doran Road.  Plants for sale include perennials, herbs, tomatoes, and vegetables.  A large variety of trees will also be available.

Maiden Alley Cinema presents “A Separation” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Set in contemporary Iran, “A Separation” is a drama about the dissolution of a marriage.  The PG-13 film is in Persian with English subtitles and runs just over two hours.  Find showtimes and ticket prices at

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