Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today in History: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today in History: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Dallas Morning News
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:
1757 American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.
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1805 The Michigan Territory was created.
1861 Alabama seceded from the Union.
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.
2002 The first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
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 player David Beckham announced a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
2008 Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, died at age 88.
2010 Mark 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 41 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Name Profession Age
Rod Taylor Actor 82
Jean Chretien Former Canadian prime minister 78
Naomi Judd Country singer 66
Ben Crenshaw Golfer 60
Robert Earl Keen Rock singer 56
Vicki Peterson Rock musician (The Bangles) 54
Kim Coles Actress 50
Tom Dumont Rock musician (No Doubt) 44
Tom Rowlands Rock musician (The Chemical Brothers) 41
Actress Amanda Peet turns 40 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer

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