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Wednesday 11 January 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (United States)

Events

  • 1996 – Space Shuttle program: STS-72 launches from the Kennedy Space Center marking the start of the 74th Space Shuttle mission and the 10th flight of Endeavour.
  • 1994 – The Irish Government announces the end of a 15-year broadcasting ban on the IRA and its political arm Sinn Féin.
  • 1973 – Major League Baseball owners vote in approval of the American League adopting the designated hitter position.
  • 1972 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
  • 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.
  • 1957 – The African Convention is founded in Dakar, Senegal.
  • 1949 – The first "networked" television broadcasts took place as KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes on the air connecting the east coast and mid-west programming.
  • 1943 – Italian-American anarchist Carlo Tresca is assassinated in New York City.
  • 1943 – The Republic of China agrees to the Sino-British New Equal Treaty and the Sino-American New Equal Treaty.
  • 1935 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.
  • 1927 – Louis B. Mayer, head of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), announces the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1922 – First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.
  • 1908 – Grand Canyon National Monument is created.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Arkansas Post: General John McClernand and Admiral David Dixon Porter capture the Arkansas River for the Union.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: CSS Alabama encounters and sinks the USS Hatteras off Galveston Lighthouse in Texas.
  • 1861 – Alabama secedes from the United States.
  • 1805 – The Michigan Territory is created.
  • 1787 – William Herschel discovers Titania and Oberon, two moons of Uranus.
  • 1759 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first American life insurance company is incorporated.
  • 1571 – Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion.
  • 1569 – First recorded lottery in England.

Births

  • 1990 – Ryan Griffin, American football player
  • 1987 – Scotty Cranmer, American Professional BMX rider
  • 1985 – Lucy Knisley, American author and illustrator
  • 1984 – Kevin Boss, American football player
  • 1984 – Matt Mullenweg, American web developer and businessman, co-created WordPress
  • 1983 – Turner Battle, American basketball player
  • 1982 – Tony Allen, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Mike Williams, American football player
  • 1979 – Darren Lynn Bousman, American director and screenwriter
  • 1977 – Shamari Buchanan, American football player
  • 1975 – Rory Fitzpatrick, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 – Rockmond Dunbar, American actor
  • 1972 – Amanda Peet, American actress and playwright
  • 1972 – Christian Jacobs, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
  • 1971 – Mary J. Blige, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1970 – Chris Jent, American basketball player and coach
  • 1970 – Ken Ueno, American composer
  • 1970 – Malcolm D. Lee, American director, producer, screenwriter, and actor
  • 1970 – Manfredi Beninati, Italian painter and sculptor
  • 1969 – Manny Acta, Dominican-American baseball player, coach, manager, and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Tom Dumont, American guitarist and producer
  • 1966 – Marc Acito, American author and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Susan Lindauer, American journalist and activist
  • 1959 – Brett Bodine, American race car driver
  • 1958 – Vicki Peterson, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1957 – Darryl Dawkins, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1956 – Big Bank Hank, American rapper (d. 2014)
  • 1956 – Robert Earl Keen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1952 – Ben Crenshaw, American golfer and architect
  • 1952 – Diana Gabaldon, American author
  • 1952 – Lee Ritenour, American guitarist, composer, and producer
  • 1951 – Charlie Huhn, American rock singer and guitarist
  • 1948 – Madeline Manning, American runner and coach
  • 1946 – John Piper, American theologian and author
  • 1946 – Naomi Judd, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1943 – Jim Hightower, American journalist and politician
  • 1942 – Bud Acton, American basketball player
  • 1942 – Clarence Clemons, American saxophonist and actor (d. 2011)
  • 1942 – George Mira, American football player
  • 1942 – Leo Cullum, American soldier, pilot, and cartoonist (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – Eva Hesse, German-American sculptor and educator (d. 1970)
  • 1933 – Goldie Hill, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
  • 1931 – Mary Rodgers, American composer and author (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Rod Taylor, Australian-American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – David L. Wolper, American director and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1925 – Grant Tinker, American television producer, co-founded MTM Enterprises (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – Roger Guillemin, French-American physician and endocrinologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1924 – Sam B. Hall, Jr., American lawyer, judge, and politician (d. 1994)
  • 1924 – Slim Harpo, American blues singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1970)
  • 1923 – Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, engineer, and businessman, founded Carroll Shelby International (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – Jerome Bixby, American author and screenwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1921 – Gory Guerrero, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1990)
  • 1921 – Juanita M. Kreps, American economist and politician, 24th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 2010)
  • 1918 – Robert C. O'Brien, American author and journalist (d. 1973)
  • 1912 – Don "Red" Barry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1911 – Tommy Duncan, American Western swing singer-songwriter (d. 1967)
  • 1908 – Lionel Stander, American actor and activist (d. 1994)
  • 1907 – Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-American rabbi, theologian, and philosopher (d. 1972)
  • 1906 – Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist and academic, discoverer of LSD (d. 2008)
  • 1905 – Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist and theorist (d. 1960)
  • 1899 – Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress, director, and producer (d. 1991)
  • 1897 – Bernard DeVoto, American historian and author (d. 1955)
  • 1895 – Laurens Hammond, American engineer and businessman, founded the Hammond Clock Company (d. 1973)
  • 1893 – Anthony M. Rud, American journalist and author (d. 1942)
  • 1891 – Andrew Sockalexis, American runner (d. 1919)
  • 1890 – Max Carey, American baseball player and manager (d. 1976)
  • 1889 – Calvin Bridges, American geneticist and academic (d. 1938)
  • 1888 – Joseph B. Keenan, American jurist and politician (d. 1954)
  • 1887 – Aldo Leopold, American ecologist and author (d. 1948)
  • 1885 – Alice Paul, American activist (d. 1977)
  • 1876 – Elmer Flick, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1876 – Thomas Hicks, American runner (d. 1952)
  • 1873 – John Callan O'Laughlin, American soldier and journalist (d. 1949)
  • 1872 – G. W. Pierce, American physicist and academic (d. 1956)
  • 1870 – Alexander Stirling Calder, American sculptor and educator (d. 1945)
  • 1864 – Thomas Dixon, Jr., American minister, lawyer, and politician (d. 1946)
  • 1858 – Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-English businessman, founded Selfridges (d. 1947)
  • 1853 – Georgios Jakobides, Greek painter and sculptor (d. 1932)
  • 1850 – Joseph Charles Arthur, American pathologist and mycologist (d. 1942)
  • 1843 – Adolf Eberle, German painter (d. 1914)
  • 1842 – William James, American psychologist and philosopher (d. 1910)
  • 1825 – Bayard Taylor, American poet, author, and critic (d. 1878)
  • 1807 – Ezra Cornell, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Western Union and Cornell University (d. 1874)
  • 1760 – Oliver Wolcott Jr., American lawyer and politician, 2nd United States Secretary of the Treasury, 24th Governor of Connecticut (d. 1833)
  • 1755 – Alexander Hamilton, Nevisian-American general, economist and politician, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1804)
  • 1630 – John Rogers, English-American minister, physician, and academic (d. 1684)
  • 1624 – Bastiaan Govertsz van der Leeuw, Dutch painter (d. 1680)
  • 889 – Abd-ar-Rahman III, first Caliph of Córdoba (d. 961)

Deaths

  • 2016 – David Margulies, American actor (b. 1937)
  • 2016 – Monte Irvin, American baseball player (b. 1919)
  • 2015 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish-Italian model and actress (b. 1931)
  • 2015 – Vernon Benjamin Mountcastle, American neuroscientist and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2014 – Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1928)
  • 2013 – Aaron Swartz, American programmer (b. 1986)
  • 2013 – Guido Forti, Italian businessman, founded the Forti Racing Team (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Tom Parry Jones, Welsh chemist, invented the breathalyzer (b. 1935)
  • 2012 – Edgar Kaiser, Jr, American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Wally Osterkorn, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2011 – David Nelson, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – Carl Karcher, American businessman, co-founded Carl's Jr. (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Robert Anton Wilson, American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright (b. 1932)
  • 2001 – Denys Lasdun, English architect, co-designed the Royal National Theatre (b. 1914)
  • 2001 – Louis Krages, German-American race car driver and businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2000 – Bob Lemon, American baseball player and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2000 – Ivan Combe, American businessman, invented Clearasil (b. 1911)
  • 1996 – Roger Crozier, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (b. 1942)
  • 1995 – Josef Gingold, Belarusian-American violinist and educator (b. 1909)
  • 1991 – Carl David Anderson, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1990 – Carolyn Haywood, American author and illustrator (b. 1898)
  • 1988 – Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1988 – Pappy Boyington, American colonel and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1912)
  • 1985 – Edward Buzzell, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1895)
  • 1981 – Beulah Bondi, American actress (b. 1889)
  • 1965 – Wally Pipp, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • 1963 – Arthur Nock, English-American scholar, theologian, and academic (b. 1902)
  • 1958 – Edna Purviance, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1954 – Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (b. 1870)
  • 1941 – Emanuel Lasker, German mathematician, philosopher, and chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1931 – James Milton Carroll, American pastor, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • 1843 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and songwriter (b. 1779)
  • 1836 – John Molson, Canadian businessman, founded the Molson Brewing Company (b. 1763)
  • 1546 – Gaudenzio Ferrari, Italian painter and sculptor (b. c. 1471)
  • 1494 – Domenico Ghirlandaio, Italian painter (b. 1449)
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