April 11 marks 70 years since the ‘most boring day’

April 11, 1954, is apparently the most boring day in modern history.

April 11, 1954, is apparently the most boring day in modern history. Photo: Getty

On April 11, 1954, something surely happened somewhere. But not so, states AI, in fact it is the most boring day in history.

Over a decade ago, William Tunstall-Pedoe from Cambridge University invented a search engine called True Knowledge.

The search engine churned through more than 300 million facts to answer a pretty big question: What is the most boring day in modern history?

The answer: Sunday, April 11, 1954. No one really important was born that day, except for a Turkish academic, as ABC Breakfast’s Sally Sara pointed out, nor did anyone particularly notable die.

Belgium held general elections and according to another online database, On This Day, the No.1 song in the UK was Secret Love by Doris Day.

On ABC Breakfast, Tunstall-Pedoe spoke about how his invention landed on April 11, 1954, as the most boring day.

“We had a technology with many hundreds of millions of facts about the world, so we had this vast amount of knowledge and a lot of the facts referred to things that had dates associated with them,” he said.

“So we just searched the database of this vast, vast amount of knowledge to find the least eventful, least notable date in the entire database. And that was the one that dropped out.

“So there were a few things that happened but they almost underlined how boring it was. So as the Turkish academic you mentioned, was probably the only person of any note that was born that day and there were no major events of any kind.”

Thursday marked 70 years since the most boring day in history, which means there would still be people alive who were born on that day.

Tunstall-Pedoe told the ABC people will generally have “mixed feeling” about their birthday falling on April 11.

Unexpectedly, he ended up befriending the Turkish academic born on April 11, 1954.

Apparently, the academic was excited that his name was mentioned in the press release Tunstall-Pedoe put out many years ago about the most boring day in history, but acknowledged he “wasn’t that notable”, and was amused by it all.

Over the years, April 11 has become more interesting, simply by being deemed the most boring day in 2010.

Tunstall-Pedoe’s first company, True Knowledge, which spat out the 1954 date, changed its name to Evi in 2012. Amazon acquired it that year and its AI technology, platform and team, which were instrumental in the creation of Amazon’s Alexa.

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