On This Day

What Happened on January 11

Important Events

  • 1599 Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam, Java in modern day Indonesia with 1 million pounds of pepper and cloves and a further half a ship full of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon
  • 1838 First public demonstration of telegraph messages sent using dots and dashes at Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
  • 1879 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa
  • 1922 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, on Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14
  • 1964 First government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous
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Jan 11 in Film & TV

  • 1927 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Jan 11 in Music

Jan 11 in Sport

  • 1960 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts

Did You Know?

1st recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul's Cathedral

On January 11, 1569


Would You Believe?

Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles

On January 11, 1949

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1971 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK
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