Monday, January 11, 2016

Today in History: Monday, January 11, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
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On this date in:
1757American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.
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1805The Michigan Territory was created.
1861Alabama seceded from the Union.
1973Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule.
1977France 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.
2002The first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
2003Calling 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.
2007English soccer player David Beckham announced a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
2008Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, died at age 88.
2010Mark McGwire admitted to The Associated Press that he'd used steroids and human growth hormone when he broke baseball's home run record in 1998.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
R&B singer Mary J. Blige turns 45 years old today.
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Jean ChretienFormer Canadian prime minister82
Naomi JuddCountry singer70
Ben CrenshawGolfer64
Robert Earl KeenRock singer60
Phyllis LoganActress ("Downton Abbey")60
Vicki PetersonRock musician (The Bangles)58
Kim ColesActress54
Tom DumontRock musician (No Doubt)48
Tom RowlandsRock musician (The Chemical Brothers)45
Actress Amanda Peet turns 44 years old today.
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