January 11: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On January 11, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The eleventh day of the Gregorian calendar is January 11th. The first recorded lottery was held in England on this day, the first American life insurance firm was established in Philadelphia, and the Grand Canyon National Monument was established.

Capricorn is the zodiac sign for January 11th. Mary J. Blige, Jamie Vardy, and Alexander Hamilton all have famous birthdays. National Hot Toddy Day and National Milk Day both fall on January 11th.


(January 11, 1878)
In New York City, milk was distributed in glass bottles for the first time.


(January 11, 1930)
Amelia Earhart, one of the world's most famous aviators, made the first successful solo trip from Hawaii to California on this day in 1935, a distance longer than the distance between the United States and Europe. photo source:

(January 11, 1949)
KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania becomes the first "networked" television station, connecting east coast and mid-west programming. photo source:

(January 11, 1964)
Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., the Surgeon General of the United States, issues the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States, stating that smoking may be harmful to one's health and igniting national and international anti-smoking campaigns. photo source:

(January 11, 2008)
Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand mountain climber and adventurer who was the first to summit Mount Everest with Tibetan mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, died at the age of 88. photo source:

(Died on January 11, 2017)
Adenan Satem, Malaysian politician and Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia (b. 1944).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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