This day in history
Today is Friday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2019. There are 354 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien is 85. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 85. Country singer Naomi Judd is 73. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 67. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 63. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 61. Actress Kim Coles is 57. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 51. Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 49. Singer Mary J. Blige is 48. Actor Marc Blucas is 47. Actress Aja Naomi King is 34. Actress Kristolyn Lloyd is 34. Pop singer Cody Simpson is 22.
In 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union.
In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).
In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, that made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.
In 1963, the Beatles’ single ‘‘Please Please Me’’ (B side ‘‘Ask Me Why”) was released in Britain by Parlophone.
In 1964, Surgeon General Luther Terry issued ‘‘Smoking and Health,’’ a report which concluded that ‘‘cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate.’’
In 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.
In 2009, the movie ‘‘Slumdog Millionaire’’ won four Golden Globes, including best drama; the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for ‘‘The Dark Knight’’.
In 2014, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 85, died eight years after a devastating stroke left him in a coma. Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball’s drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for the entire 2014 season as the result of a drug investigation. Gracie Gold won her first US figure skating title at the championships in Boston.
Last year, President Trump was quoted as having used bluntly vulgar language during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers while asking why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and African countries rather than places like Norway.