Today in History - January 11th

  • 1770 - On this day in history, the first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the US from the UK. 
  • 1805 - The Michigan Territory was created. 
  • 1815 - Today in history, General Andrew Jackson achieved victory at the Battle of New Orleans. The War of 1812 had officially ended but the news had not reached British troops in time to stop the attack on New Orleans. 
  • 1861 - Alabama seceded from the USA.
  • 1878 - On this day in history in New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time.
  • 1902 - "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time. 
  • 1913 - Today in history, the first sedan was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City, by the Hudson Motor Co.
  • 1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California. 
  • 1938 - On this day in history Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first woman bank president. 
  • 1964 - Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report announcing that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard. 
  • 1988 - Today in history Vice President George Bush met with representatives of Lawrence Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair. 
  • 1991 - An auction of silver and paintings acquired Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in $20.29 million at Christie's in New York.

SCIENCE, DISCOVERIES, PATENTS - Today in History, January 11th

  • 1922 - Today in history, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin in Toronto.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 11th

  • 1928 - "Ol' Man River" ("Showboat") was recorded by Paul Whiteman. Bing Crosby was the song's featured vocalist.
  • 1963 - On this day in history, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go nightclub opened in Los Angeles, recognized as the first disco in the United States.
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix recorded "Purple Haze." 
  • 1968 - Today in history, The Daily Mirror of London reported that Jimi Hendrix had moved into the London home where George Frederick Handel was believed to have lived and composed his greatest music. 
  • 1992 - Paul Simon began a concert tour in South Africa. 
  • 1995 - On this day in history, Michael Jackson released a statement saying, "I will no longer stand by and watch reckless members of the media try to destroy my reputation."
  • 2001 - Whitney Houston was stopped for possessing marijuana at an airport in Hawaii. 


  • Alexander Hamilton 1755
  • Naomi Judd (The Judds) 1946
  • Mary J. Blige 1971