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 message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
  • 1922 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, on Leonard Thompson, 14, of Canada
  • 1964 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry that smoking may be hazardous
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January 11 in Film & TV

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

January 11 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

1st pineapples planted in Hawaii (or 1/21)

On January 11, 1813


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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