Events in History on January 11

  • 532 Nika-revolt against Justianus & Theodora in Hippodrome Constantinople
  • 1055 Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1158 Vladislav II of Bohemia becomes king
  • 1558 Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm
  • 1569 1st recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral
  • 1571 Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion
  • 1599 Jacob van Necks fleet leaves Bantam Java with pepper, clove & muskaat
  • 1693 Mt Etna in Sicily erupts
  • 1709 Colley Cibber's play "Rival Fools," premieres in London
  • 1753 Ferdinand VI of Spain & Pope Benedictus XIV sign concord
  • 1758 Russian troops occupy Königsberg, East-Prussia [NS=Jan 22]
  • 1759 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia

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1765 Frisia bans Voltaires "Traité sur la tolérance"

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
  • 1774 Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog
  • 1775 Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
  • 1779 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
  • 1785 Continental Congress convenes in NYC

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1787 Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1790 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
  • 1794 Robert Forsythe, a U.S. Marshal is killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US marshal to die while carrying out his duties.
  • 1803 Monroe & Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy La
  • 1805 Michigan Territory organizes
  • 1813 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 1/21)

CommunicationHistoric Communication

1838 1st public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail

Inventor Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse
  • 1839 Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die

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1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in US to earn medical degree

  • 1861 Mexico City captured by Juarez (Lib) in War of Reform
  • 1861 Alabama secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1863 Naval engagement near Galveston between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras
  • 1863 Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
  • 1864 Charing Cross Station opens in London
  • 1865 Battle of Beverly, West Virginia, Confederate forces attack Union post
  • 1866 Steamship London sinks in storm off Land's End, England and kills 220
  • 1867 Benito Juárez becomes the Mexican president again.
  • 1873 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago
  • 1879 Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins
  • 1885 Henrik Ibsen's "Vildauden," premieres in Oslo
  • 1892 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • 1892 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1893 Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1897 M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 1904 Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, begin uprising
  • 1912 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1913 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
  • 1915 Col Jacob Ruppert & Col Tillinghast Huston purchase Yanks for $460,000
  • 1916 French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
  • 1917 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart," premieres in NYC
  • 1919 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
  • 1919 Romania annexes Transylvania
  • 1920 French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die
  • 1922 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes - Leonard Thompson, 14, of Canada
  • 1923 1st Dutch Dada-evening (Theo Van Doesburg & Kurt Schwitters)
  • 1923 French & Belgian troops occupy Ruhr to collect reparations
  • 1924 A republic is proclaimed in Greece; King George II is deposed and Eleutherios Venizelo is named Prime Minister of the Greek National Assembly

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1925 Frank Kellogg replaces Charles Hughes on as US Sect of State

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg

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1935 Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland Ca (non-stop, of course)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • 1936 Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives
  • 1938 Frances Moulton elected 1st woman president of a US national bank
  • 1940 Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • 1941 Princess Irene Brigade established in Congleton
  • 1942 -23°F (-31°C), Kingston, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1942 Japan conquers Kuala Lumpur, Malaya
  • 1943 US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China
  • 1944 Crakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp established
  • 1946 Enver Hoxha declares People's Rep of Albania with himself dictator
  • 1949 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • 1952 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore
  • 1954 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • 1957 The African Convention is founded in Dakar.
  • 1957 Mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber.
  • 1959 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Theodore Roethke
  • 1961 Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • 1962 Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • 1963 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA
  • 1964 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • 1964 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous
  • 1966 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • 1967 Romeinse Curie installs Council for Pontifical Study commission
  • 1968 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • 1969 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • 1970 Irish republican political party Sinn Féin party splits between those in favor of abstentionism (of not taking any seats won in the parliaments) and those where against
  • 1971 Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • 1972 East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
  • 1972 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
  • 1973 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • 1973 Trial of Watergate burglars begins in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4
  • 1976 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship
  • 1976 Military coup in Ecuador, Pres Guillermo Lara leaves
  • 1976 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • 1977 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • 1978 Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
  • 1978 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • 1980 Debut of first Pretenders album "Pretenders"
  • 1981 Palau adopts constitution
  • 1981 British team led by Ranulph Fiennes completes longest & fastest crossing of Antarctica, reaching Scott base after 75 days (2,500 miles)
  • 1982 Atlanta Ga's temperature goes below zero F
  • 1982 Honduras adopts constitution
  • 1984 STS 41-B vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1984 Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood's family
  • 1985 CDC MMWR publishes guidelines for screening U.S. blood supply for AIDS antibodies with ELISA test that would be available later that year
  • 1986 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in - Douglas Wilder of Virginia
  • 1988 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 1989 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • 1989 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • 1990 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
  • 1991 Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq
  • 1991 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title
  • 1991 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • 1992 Algeria's Pres Chadli announces his resignation
  • 1992 Paul Simon opens a tour in South Africa
  • 1992 US female Figure Skating championship won by Kristi Yamaguchi
  • 1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Buffalo NY (WKBW)
  • 1993 Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics
  • 1993 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history
  • 1994 Hyderabad score 6 for 944 against Andhra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy
  • 1994 Irish government announces end of a 20-year broadcasting ban on IRA
  • 1995 5th TV network (WB) Warner Brothers begins (WPIX-TV in NYC)
  • 1995 DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives
  • 1996 Space Shuttle STS 72 (Endeavour 10), launches into space
  • 1996 Haiti becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • 1997 Telstar 401 Satellite Fails
  • 1998 US female Figure Skating championship won by Michelle Kwan
  • 1998 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
  • 1998 Sidi-Hamed massacre takes place in Algeria, over 100 people are killed.
  • 1999 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time

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2007 Author J. K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel in room 552 of the Bamoral Hotel, Edinburgh

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • 2013 46 people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China
  • 2013 29 people are killed and 12 are injured after a bus veers off a mountain road in Doti, Nepal
  • 2015 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Croatia