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January 11th History, Trivia and Fun Facts

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January 11th History Highlights

  • 1759 - First American life insurance company incorporated, founded by the Presbyterian Synod of Philadelphia.
  • 1908 - Grand Canyon National Monument was created. It became a National park in 1919.
  • 1964 - Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.

January 11th is...

National Clean Off Your Desk Day
National Hot Toddy Day
National Milk Day
Secret Pal Day
Stomp in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day (weather permitting)

January 11th Quotes

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
- Alexander Hamilton

I don’t care about the gold records and all of that stuff. I care about what we do onstage, and the joy that we bring to people.
- Clarence Clemons

I'm not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict.
- Carroll Shelby

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord. Life goes wrong when the control of space, the acquisition of things of space, becomes our sole concern.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel

I learned my lesson after seeing what guys like TJ Lavin, Ty Pinney, Stephen Murray and Mikey went through. And honestly, I feel like I'm disrespecting them by not wearing a helmet while riding at this level. I wish kids would start appreciating life and realize how everything can change in that one split second just because you're not going to wear a helmet.
- Scotty Cranmer

January 11th Birthdays

1755 - Alexander Hamilton, Nevisian-American, Amewrican politician, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (died in 1804)
1814 - James Paget, English surgeon and pathologist (died in 1899)
1842 - William James, American psychologist (died in 1910)
1906 - Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist and academic, discoverer of LSD (died in 2008)
1907 - Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish theologians (died in 1972)
1923 - Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, engineer, and businessman, founded Carroll Shelby International (died in 2012)
1924 - Slim Harpo, American blues singer-songwriter (died in 1970)
1928 - David L. Wolper, American director and producer (died in 2010)
1942 - Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist (died in 2011)
1946 - Naomi Judd, American singer-songwriter and actress
1952 - Lee Ritenour, American guitarist
1957 - Darryl Dawkins, American basketball player and coach (died in 2015)
1971 - Mary J. Blige, American singer-songwriter
1984 - Matt Mullenweg, American web developern, co-created WordPress
1987 - Scotty Cranmer, American Professional BMX rider

January 11th History

1693 (Earthquake) Sicily, Italy

1908 - The Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

1922 - Leonard Thompson (1908-35) was the first person to receive an injection of insulin as a treatment for diabetes.

1927 - Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announced the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.

1935 - Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1949 - It snowed in Los Angeles for the first time (that we know of)

1958 - #1 Hit January 11, 1958 - February 14, 1958: Danny & the Juniors - At The Hop

1964 - US Surgeon General Dr. Luther Leonidas Terry, M.D., published the first governmental report saying that smoking may be hazardous to health.

1973 - Major League Baseball owners voted to approve of the American League adopting the designated hitter position.

January 11, 1991 Birthday (fictional) Claire Bennet, Heroes, TV

1995 - The WB Television Network was launched.

January 11, 2005 - The iPod Shuffle (1st generation) was released.

Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

Billie Holiday - Real Name: Eleanora Fagan

"No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget." - Sy Parrish in One Hour Photo #moviequotes

Buy artwork from students at colleges near you. You can get great stuff for cheap from new artists that are ecstatic to be acknowledged and make even a little money. Win-win!

"You got my homework finished, McFly? " - Biff #moviequotes

The Seven Deadly Sins #2- Envy is wanting what others have, be it status, abilities, or possessions.

We are all just one hit away from being one hit wonders.

"And though I'll think of you, I guess, until the day I die.. I think I miss you less and less as every day goes by." #songlyrics

When the "a" in "a part" is a part of the word "apart" it means the opposite of "a part."

The word "regnartsneve" is strange, but backwards it's even stranger.

Iin Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, written around 1599, Caesar describes himself as being "as constant as the northern star", though in Caesar's time there was no constant northern star.

Biggest film of 1986: Top Gun (Action) earned ~ $180,000,000

The guitar solo in Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' was played by Eddie Van Halen.

It's the 21st century... you can buy a jet on eBay, video chat with someone in China and sit in a self-driving car for hours, but you still can't upgrade your cable package to include HBO unless you call to upgrade over the phone.

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