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1/11/2021 12:08:00 AM
Today In History - January 11

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Today in History in 1759 the first American life insurance company was incorporated in Philadelphia; in 1813 the first pineapples were planted in Hawaii; and in 1935 Amelia Earhart flew her plane from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 532 - Nika-revolt against Justianus & Theodora in Hippodrome Constantinople
  • 1599 - Jacob van Necks fleet leaves Bantam Java with pepper, clove & muskaat
  • 1759 - 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
  • 1813 - 1st pineapples planted in Hawaii
  • 1838 - 1st public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail
  • 1849 - Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in US to earn medical degree
  • 1879 - Zulu war against British colonial rule in South Africa begins
  • 1913 - 1st sedan-type car (Hudson) goes on display at 13th Auto Show (NYC)
  • 1935 - Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland California
  • 1964 - 1st government report warning by US Surgeon General Luther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous
  • 2010 - Simon Cowell leaves "American Idol"

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1755 - Alexander Hamilton, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury, (d. 1804)
  • 1858 - Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • 1928 - Mitchell Ryan, Cincinnati Oh, actor (Chase, Executive Suite)
  • 1930 - Rod Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine)
  • 1946 - Naomi Judd, [Diana Ellen], Ashland Ky, singer (Judds-Why Not Me)
  • 1971 - Mary Jane Blige, New York, American R&B singer-songwriter

Famous Weddings

  • 1892 - Paul Gauguin marries a 13-year-old Tahitian girl
  • 1924 - Novelist Hermann Hesse (36) weds singer Ruth Wenger
  • 1976 - NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana
  • 2003 - "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" actor Taye Diggs (32) weds broadway actress Idina Menzel (31) at Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 2003 - "The Sixth Sense" actress-singer Toni Collette (30) weds musician Dave Galafassi in a Buddhist ceremony near Sydney, Australia

Famous Divorces

  • 1971 - 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Famous Deaths

  • 1843 - Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63
  • 1997 - Sheldon Leonard, producer/director (Dick Van Dyke), dies at 89
  • 2008 - Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953

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