January 11

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1770 – The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.

1787 – William Herschel discovered Titania and Oberon, the two moons of Uranus.

1805 – The Michigan Territory was created. It was made from the Indiana Territory and included Wisconsin and part of Minnesota. Michigan began operating as a State in 1835. Detroit was the first State Capital for land that extended all the way to the Mississippi River (the State’s present boundaries were set in 1837).

1861 – Alabama seceded from the United States.

1878 – In New York, NY, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time.

1902 – “Popular Mechanics” magazine was published for the first time.

1908 – Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

1913 – The first sedan-type car, manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company, was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York, NY.

1916 – A blizzard hit northern Michigan. Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad trains were buried in 6-8 feet of snow at Bingham, MI (north of Traverse City).

1922 – In Toronto, Canada, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.

1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, CA.

1935 – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1940 – General Motors built it’s 25 millionth car (a Chevy) at the Chevy Assembly plant in Flint, MI.

1958 – The television show “Seahunt” debuted on CBS. It ran for four years.

1963 – The Whiskey-a-Go-Go nightclub opened in Los Angeles, CA. It was recognized as the first disco in the U.S.

1964 – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry, MD, published the landmark report “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States” saying that smoking may be hazardous to health. It sparked national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.

1983 – Bob Ross debuted on the PBS television show “The Joy of Painting”.

1994 – Sonny Bono declared his candidacy for a seat in Congress from Palm Springs, CA. He was elected that fall and served until his death in a 1998 skiing accident.

1995 – Michael Jackson released a statement saying, “I will no longer stand by and watch reckless members of the media try to destroy my reputation.” The statement was a response to rumors of a video depicting Jackson fooling around with a young boy.

1996 – The Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-72) launched from Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavor.

2000 – The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions to prevent a monopoly

2000 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.

2002 – Ford Motor Company announced plans to close five plants, the most drastic cutbacks in two decades with 35,000 layoffs and the elimination of four models.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Mitchell Ryan – 90 years old (1928) – Actor (TV’s “Dark Shadows”, “Dharma & Greg”, movie “Lethal Weapon”)

Naomi Judd – 72 years old (1946) – Singer (The Judds)

Ben Crenshaw – 66 years old (1952) – Golfer

John Sessions – 65 years old (1953) – Comedian (TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”)

Phyllis Logan – 62 years old (1956) – Actress (TV’s “Downton Abbey”)

Vicki Peterson – 60 years old (1958) – Musician (The Bangles)

Kim Coles – 56 years old (1962) – Actress (TV’s “Living Single”, “In Living Color”)

Jason Connery – 55 years old (1963) – Actor (“Robin of Sherwood”)

Kyle Richards – 49 years old (1969) – Actress (TV’s “ER”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”)

Mary J. Blige – 47 years old (1971) – Singer

Marc Blucas – 46 years old (1972) – Actor (“First Daughter”, TV’s “Killer Women”, “Necessary Roughness”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

Amanda Peet – 46 years old (1972) – Actress (“Whole Nine Yards”, “2012”, “Syriana”, “A Lot Like Love”, “Melinda and Melinda”, “Body Shots”, TV’s “Togetherness”, “Jack and Jill”, “The Good Wife”)

Rockmond Dunbar – 45 years old (1973) – Actor (TV’s “Prison Break”, “Soul Food”)

 

TODAY IS:

Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

Milk Day

Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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