Home Today's History Lesson TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JAN 11



1922 – Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, Frederick Banting injects fellow Canadian Leonard Thompson, aged 14

1055 – Theodora is crowned Empress of the Byzantine Empire.

1158 – Vladislav II becomes King of Bohemia.

1569 – First recorded lottery in England is drawn in St Paul’s Cathedral in London. First prize was £5,000, other prizes included silver plate, tapestries and high quality linen cloth.

1571 – Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion

1693 – Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta

1753 – Ferdinand VI of Spain & Pope Benedictus XIV sign concord, Spain recovers the right to appoint bishops and tax the clergy

1770 – The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.

1775 – Francis Salvador becomes first Jew elected to office in America (SC)

1785 – Continental Congress convenes in New York City NY

1787 – Titania & Oberon, moons of Uranus, discovered by William Herschel

1794 – Robert Forsythe, a US Marshal was killed in Augusta, Georgia when trying to serve court papers, the first US Marshal to die in action

1803 – Monroe & Livingston sail for Paris to buy New Orleans; they buy Louisiana

1805 – The Michigan Territory was created.

1861 – Alabama seceded from the United States.

1867 – Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.

1878 – In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War begins as British Lieutenant-General Lord Chelmsford invades Zululand in South Africa

1894 – Donghak Peasant Rebellion begins in Mujiang, Korea over local corruption, sparking the 1st Sino-Japanese War

1902 – “Popular Mechanics” magazine was published for the first time.

1912 – Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut

1913 – The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.

1917 – Kingsland Explosion Sabotage of munitions factory.

1919 – Romania annexes Transylvania

1922 – At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.

1923 – Troops from France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr area to force Germany to pay its reparation payments.

1924 – A republic is proclaimed in Greece; King George II is deposed and Eleutherios Venizelo is named Prime Minister of the Greek National Assembly

1938 – In Limerick, ME, Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first woman bank president.

1942 – Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

1943 – The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

1944 – Crakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp established

1946 – Enver Hoxha declares People’s Republic of Albania with himself dictator

1953 – J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

1957 – American plane mass-murderer Jack Gilbert Graham is executed via the Gas Chamber

1961 – Racial riot at University of Georgia

1962 – Mandela leaves South Africa, travels to Ethiopia, Algeria & England

1963 – The first discotheque opens, The Whiskey-a-go-go in Los Angeles CA

1964 – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.

1972 – East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh

1973 – Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.

1977 – France released Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

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.

1984 – Supreme Court reinstated $10M award to Karen Silkwood’s family

1988 – U.S. Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.

1989 – Kindergarten student caught with loaded handgun at Bronx school

1991 – An auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie’s in New York.

1993 – Independent presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returns to politics

1995 – NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike

1996 – Ryutaro Hashimoto become Japan’s prime minister. He replaced Tomiichi Murayama who had resigned on January 5, 1996.

2000 – The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.

2001 – The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the “Texas 7.” It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

2002 – The first prisoners arrive in Guantanamo Bay, Following reports of torture, Amnesty International called the situation at the US detention camp a “human rights scandal”.

2003 – Illinois governor George H. Ryan announces decision to grant clemency to all inmates of death row.

2013 – 46 people are killed and 12 are missing after a landslide buries a village in the Yunnan province, China

2018 – US President Donald Trump causes worldwide controversy when it is reported he called African countries “shitholes” during immigration meeting

2021 – The king of Malaysia, Al-Sultan Abdullah declares a state of emergency over COVID-19 till 1 August, suspending parliament and giving the government new powers

2022 – Quebec announces it will impose a healthcare tax on unvaccinated adults who are accounting for 50% of ICU cases (scrapped Feb 2022)

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com


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