On This Day

Historical Events on January 11

  • 1055 Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 1158 Vladislav II of Bohemia becomes king
  • 1378 Earliest record in Durham, England of 'Plough Monday', the first Monday after the Feast of Epiphany (Jan 6) when agricultural work could restart
  • 1558 Westmunster Church in Middelburg destroyed by heavy storm
  • 1571 Emperor Maximilian II grants Austrian adel freedom of religion
  • 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
  • 1693 Most powerful earthquake in Italian recorded history strikes Sicily and Southern Italy with an estimated magnitude of 7.4. Tsunamis followed and devastated coastal villages on the Ionian Sea and the Straits of Messina.
  • 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

Historic Event

1765 Frisia bans Voltaire's "Traité sur la tolérance"

Historic Event

1774 Charles 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1790 Statisten & Vonckisten unite as Belgium
  • 1794 U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth is killed in Augusta, Georgia, trying to serve court papers, first US marshal to die carrying out his duties

Historic Communication

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

  • 1839 Earthquake at Martinique destroys half of Port Royal - 700 die
  • 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 Mexican president again.
  • 1873 1st livestock market newspaper published, Drover's Journal, Chicago

Anglo-Zulu War

1879 Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lt-General Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa

Historic Event

1885 Henrik Ibsen's "Vildauden," premieres in Oslo

  • 1892 Hawaiian Historical Society founded
  • 1892 William D McCoy of Indiana appointed US minister to Liberia

World Record

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

  • 1894 Donghak Peasant Rebellion begins in Mujiang, Korea over local corruption, sparking the 1st Sino-Japanese War
  • 1897 M H Cannon becomes 1st woman state senator in US (Utah)
  • 1912 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut
  • 1913 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
  • 1915 Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000, Ruppert pays his portion in cash
  • 1916 Austrian forces capture Mount Lovćen, Serbia. Serbian army retreats, evacuating to Greek island of Corfu
  • 1917 Guy Bolton & PG Wodehouse's "Have a Heart" premieres in New York
  • 1919 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
  • 1919 Romania annexes Transylvania
  • 1920 French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die

Historic Invention

1922 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, when Frederick Banting injects fellow Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14

  • 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

Historic Event

1925 Frank Kellogg replaces Charles Hughes as US Secretary of State

  • 1927 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • 1927 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Historic Event

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

  • 1936 Charles Anderson enters Kentucky House of Representatives

Sports History

1938 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st

  • 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 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia

Historic Event

1946 Enver Hoxha declares People's Republic of Albania with himself dictator

  • 1949 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • 1952 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Marianne Moore

Sports History

1953 J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

  • 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
  • 1959 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad smashes 499 for Karachi v Bahawalpur, then 1st class world record
  • 1959 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE
  • 1960 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • 1961 Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • 1962 Landslide at dormant volcano Huascaran in Peru kills an estimated 4,000
  • 1963 Beatles release single "Please Please Me" / "Ask Me Why"; peaks at #2 in UK, and #3 in US

Sports History

1963 SF Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 67 points in 134-129 defeat to LA Lakers at Cow Palace

  • 1964 "She Loves Me" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 302 performances
  • 1964 The Beatles single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" reaches #80 in US (Cashbox)
  • 1964 Panama ends diplomatic relations with US
  • 1964 First government report by US Surgeon General Luther Terry warning that smoking may be hazardous
  • 1966 "Daktari" African adventure series premieres on CBS TV
  • 1966 550 die in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain
  • 1966 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG
  • 1967 Romeinse Curie installs Council for Pontifical Study commission
  • 1967 San Diego is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season
  • 1968 Explorer 36 (GEOS-B) launched into earth orbit (1080/1570 km)
  • 1969 "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas peaks at #5
  • 1969 Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts
  • 1970 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 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
  • 1973 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • 1973 Famous victory at the SCG Pakistan chasing 158 all out 106
  • 1974 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • 1975 Soyuz 17 carries 2 cosmonauts to space station Salyut 4

Sports History

1976 Dorothy Hamill wins her 3rd consecutive national figure skating championship

  • 1976 Military coup in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lara leaves

Music Premiere

1976 Stephen Sondheim's musical "Pacific Overtures" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 193 performances, wins 2 Tony and 2 Drama Desk Awards

  • 1976 US male Figure Skating championship won by Terry Kubicka
  • 1977 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • 1977 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • 1977 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • 1978 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • 1979 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 1981 "Tintypes" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 93 performances
  • 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)
  • 1981 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • 1981 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7
  • 1982 Atlanta, Georgia's temperature goes below zero F
  • 1982 Honduras adopts constitution

Sports History

1983 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time

Sports History

1983 LA Kings' center Marcel Dionne picks up his 24th NHL career hat-trick and adds 3 assists for 6 points in a 9-7 win at Washington; Kings' first road win after 8 straight losses

  • 1983 Edmonton’s Pat Hughes sets NHL record for the fastest 2 shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win at St. Louis; first player to break a Wayne Gretzky record
  • 1984 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • 1984 NASA space shuttle STS 41-B 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 Douglas Wilder of Virginia, 1st African American Lieutenant Governor since reconstruction sworn in
  • 1987 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

AFC Championship

1987 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

  • 1987 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0
  • 1988 Test debut of Phil Simmons, WI v India, Madras
  • 1988 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • 1988 ABC premiere of fact-based "Evil in Clear River"
  • 1989 140 nations agree to ban chemical weapons (poison gas, etc)
  • 1989 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 1989 Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school
  • 1990 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
  • 1990 Actor Joseph Cotton undergoes vocal cancer operation at 84
  • 1990 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

Sports History

1990 Pat LaFontaine sets NY Islander record of scoring goals in 11 straight

  • 1991 Congress empowers Bush to order attack on Iraq

Pro Wrestling

1991 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title

  • 1991 Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
  • 1991 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • 1992 Algeria's President 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)

Historic Event

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 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
  • 1995 DC-9 crashes near Maria La Baya, Colombia: 51 die, 9 yr old girl lives
  • 1995 NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike
  • 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 "Proposals" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • 1998 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • 1998 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10
  • 1998 US Ladies 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.

Film and TV Awards

1998 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)

Sports History

1999 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

  • 1999 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 4th time
  • 2001 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55
  • 2002 7th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: A Beautiful Mind wins Best Film
  • 2003 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons
  • 2004 30th People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Ray Romano & Jennifer Aniston win (TV)
  • 2004 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • 2004 Washington Capitals' German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers

Historic Event

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

Golden Globes

2009 66th Golden Globes: Slumdog Millionaire, Mickey Rourke, Kate Winslet win

Film & TV History

2010 Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

Film and TV Awards

2012 38th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Emma Stone win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Nina Dobrev win (TV Drama)

  • 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

Music Concert

2014 During a concert in Maui, Mick Fleetwood announces that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac

  • 2015 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female President of Croatia

Football Awards

2016 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

  • 2016 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40

Film & TV History

2018 YouTube issues sanctions against vlogger Logan Paul after he posted footage of suicide victim's body in Japan in December

  • 2018 In China's first significant #MeToo moment Beihang University in Beijing fires a professor for sexual misconduct

Historic Event

2018 US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries "shitholes" during immigration meeting

Election of Interest

2020 Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen for a second term as president in a landslide result

  • 2020 Diego the giant 100 year old tortoise retires to the Galapagos islands after his high libido is credited with saving his species
  • 2021 Ireland becomes the country with the world's highest COVID-19 infection rate after a dramatic surge results in seven-day rolling average of 1,394 cases per million
  • 2021 US House Democrats introduce one article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for encouraging his supporters to riot at the Capitol
  • 2021 College Football, National Championship, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida: #1 Alabama beats #3 Ohio State, 52-24
  • 2021 The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers
  • 2022 WHO warns more than half of Europe could catch COVID-19 within weeks, warning of a "west-to-east tidal wave" [1]
  • 2022 Quebec announces it will impose a healthcare tax on unvaccinated adults who are accounting for 50% of ICU cases [1]