This day in history

Friday, Jan. 11, is the 11th day of 2013. There are 354 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Producer Grant Tinker is 88. Director Joel Zwick is 71. Singer Naomi Judd is 67. Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 61. Musician Vicki Peterson (Bangles) is 55. Singer Mary J. Blige is 42. Actress Amanda Peet is 41.

In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.


In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).

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In 1927, the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was proposed during a dinner of Hollywood luminaries in LA.

In 1964, US Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that said smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

In 1995, 52 people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena — however, a 9-year-old girl, Erika Delgado, survived.

In 2008, former Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam. Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.