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January 11th Today's Highlights in History

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Monday, January 11th
The 011th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On Jan. 11, 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. (Go to article.)

On Jan. 11, 1842, William James, the American psychologist and exponent of pragmatism, was born. Following his death on Aug. 26, 1910, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   On January 11, 1868, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about tobacco use. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1757    American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.

1805    The Michigan Territory was created.

1861    Alabama seceded from the Union.

1964    U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health.

1973    Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule.

1977    France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

2001    The Army acknowledged that U.S. soldiers killed an "unknown number" of South Korean refugees early in the Korean War at No Gun Ri.

2003    Calling the death penalty process "arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral," Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state's death row two days before leaving office.

2007    English soccer star David Beckham announced a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

2008    Bank of America said it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock in a deal rescuing the country's biggest mortgage lender.

2008    Former Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam.

2008    Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, died at age 88.

Current Birthdays

Clarence Clemons turns 68 years old today.

AP Photo/Christof Stache Saxophonist Clarence Clemons (The E Street Band) turns 68 years old today.

80    Rod Taylor

76    Jean Chretien
Former Canadian prime minister

64    Naomi Judd
Country singer

58    Ben Crenshaw

54    Robert Earl Keen
Rock singer

52    Vicki Peterson
Rock musician (The Bangles)

48    Kim Coles

42    Tom Dumont
Rock musician (No Doubt)

39    Tom Rowlands
Rock musician (The Chemical Brothers)

38    Amanda Peet

Historic Birthdays

William James

1/11/1842 - 8/26/1910
American philosopher/psychologist
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37    Parmigianino
1/11/1503 - 8/24/1540
Italian painter

49    Alexander Hamilton
1/11/1757 - 7/12/1804
American secretary of the treasury and founding father

67    Ezra Cornell
1/11/1807 - 12/9/1874
American university founder

85    Sir James Paget
1/11/1814 - 12/30/1899
English surgeon/physiologist

82    Thomas Dixon
1/11/1864 - 4/3/1946
American dramatist/legislator

72    Alice H. Rice
1/11/1870 - 2/10/1942
American novelist

92    Alice Paul
1/11/1885 - 7/9/1977
American Women's Rights activist

78    Laurens Hammond
1/11/1895 - 7/1/1973
American inventor/businessman

92    Eva Le Gallienne
1/11/1899 - 6/3/1991
English/Am. actress/producer

85    Alan Paton
1/11/1903 - 4/12/1988
South African writer

75    Pierre Mendes-France
1/11/1907 - 10/18/1982
French Premier

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