On This Day in:
1569 – England's first state lottery was held.
1770 – The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.
1805 – The Michigan Territory was created.
1861 – Alabama seceded from the United States.
1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.
1878 – In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.
1902 – 'Popular Mechanics' magazine was first published.
1913 – The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.
1922 – At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.
1935 – Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
1938 – In Limerick, ME, Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first woman bank president.
1942 – Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
1943 – The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
1964 – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.
1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.
1978 – Two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz
26 capsule was already docked.
1980 – Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.
1986 – Author James Clavell signed a 5$ million deal with Morrow/Avon Publishing for the book 'Whirlwind'. The book is a
2,000 page novel.
1988 – U.S. Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
1991 – An auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie's in New York.
2000 – The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.
2000 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp.
2001 – The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the 'Texas 7.' It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm and not demanding proper identification from inmates.
2001 – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.
Born on January 11th:
Alexander Hamilton 1755 – United States Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America's first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Rod Taylor 1930 – Actor (“The Birds”, “The Time Machine”) John Chretien 1934 – Canadian prime minister Clarence Clemons 1942 – Musician (E Street Band) Naomi Judd 1946 – Singer (The Judds) Dennis Greene 1949 – Musician (Sha-Na-Na) Ben Crenshaw 1952 – Professional Golfer Robert Earl Keen 1956 – Singer (“The Road Goes On Forever”) Phyllis Logan 1956 – Actress ('Downton Abbey') Vicki Peterson 1958 – Musician (The Bangles) Mary J. Blige 1971 – Singer (“Family Affair”)
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
— James 1:2-4 (ESV)