Today in History, January 11th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 11th!

1757 American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.
1805 The Michigan Territory was created.
1861 Alabama secedes from the Union.
1862 Lincoln accepts Simon Cameron’s resignation as Secretary of War.

Simon-Cameron

Simon Cameron

1887 At Fort Smith, Arkansas, hangman George Maledon dispatches four victims in a multiple hanging.
1904 British troops massacre 1,000 dervishes in Somaliland.
1916 Russian General Yudenich launches a WWI winter offensive and advances west.
1923 The French enter the town of Essen in the Ruhr valley, to extract Germany’s resources as war payment.
1934 The German police raid the homes of dissident clergy in Berlin.
1940 Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., becomes the U.S. Army’s first black general, his son would later become a general as well.

Benjamin-O.-Davis-Sr

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr.

1941 Adolf Hitler orders forces to be prepared to enter North Africa to assist the Italian effort, marking the establishment of the Afrika Korps.
1942 Japan invades the Dutch East Indies at Borneo.
1943 The Soviet Red Army encircles Stalingrad.
1948 President Harry S. Truman proposes free, two-year community colleges for all who want an education.
1949 Negotiations in China between the Nationalists and Communists open as Tientsin is virtually lost to the Communists.
1964 A collection of previously unexhibited paintings by Pablo Picasso are displayed for the first time in Toronto.
1973 Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule.
1977 France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Abu-Daoud

Abu-Daoud

1980 Honda announces it will build the first Japanese-owned passenger-car assembly plant in the United States–in Ohio.
2002 The first planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
2003 Calling the death penalty process “arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state’s death row two days before leaving office.
2007 English soccer player David Beckham announced a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
2008 Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, died at age 88.
2010 Mark McGwire admitted to The Associated Press that he’d used steroids and human growth hormone when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998.

Mark-McGwire

Mark McGwire

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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