TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - COMICS, ETC. -

To­day is Fri­day, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2019. There are 354 days left in the year.

On Jan. 11, 1913, the first en­closed sedan-type au­to­mo­bile, a Hud­son, went on dis­play at the 13th Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Show in New York.

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, Calif., that made her the first per­son to fly solo across any part of the Pa­cific Ocean.

In 1939, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Neville Cham­ber­lain and Lord Hal­i­fax, the Bri­tish for­eign sec­re­tary, met with Ital­ian leader Ben­ito Mus­solini in Rome.

In 1963, the Bea­tles’ sin­gle “Please Please Me” was re­leased in Bri­tain by Par­lophone.

In 1964, U.S. 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 1977, France set off an in­ter­na­tional up­roar by re­leas­ing Abu Daoud, a PLO of­fi­cial be­hind the mas­sacre of Is­raeli ath­letes at the 1972 Mu­nich Olympics.

In 1989, nine days be­fore leav­ing the White House, Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan bade the na­tion farewell in a prime-time ad­dress, say­ing of his eight years in of­fice: “We meant to change a na­tion and in­stead we changed a world.”

In 1995, 51 peo­ple were killed when a Colom­bian DC-9 jet­liner crashed as it was pre­par­ing to land near the Caribbean re­sort of Carta­gena.

In 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.

In 2010, Miep Gies, the Dutch of­fice sec­re­tary who de­fied Nazi oc­cu­piers to hide Anne Frank and her fam­ily for two years and saved the teenager’s diary, died at age 100.

Ten years ago: In a rare Sun­day ses­sion, the Se­nate ad­vanced leg­is­la­tion that would set aside more than 2 mil­lion acres in nine states as wilder­ness. A pas­sen­ger ferry sank in a storm off In­done­sia’s Su­lawesi is­land, killing at least 230 peo­ple. The movie “Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire” won four Golden Globes, in­clud­ing best drama; the late Heath Ledger won best sup­port­ing ac­tor for “The Dark Knight,” while Kate Winslet re­ceived two act­ing awards for “Revo­lu­tion­ary Road” and “The Reader.” The­ater and movie di­rec­tor Tom O’Hor­gan died in Venice, Fla., at age 84.

Five years ago: For­mer Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ariel Sharon, 85, died eight years af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing stroke left him in a coma. An ar­bi­tra­tor ruled New York Yan­kees third base­man Alex Ro­driguez was sus­pended for the en­tire 2014 sea­son as the re­sult of a drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Gra­cie Gold won her first U.S. fig­ure skat­ing ti­tle at the cham­pi­onships in Bos­ton; Char­lie White and Meryl Davis won a record sixth straight U.S. ice dance ti­tle.

One year ago: Wal­mart an­nounced that it was boost­ing its start­ing salary for U.S. work­ers and hand­ing out bonuses, on the same day the com­pany con­firmed it was clos­ing dozens of Sam’s Club ware­house stores. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was quoted as hav­ing used vul­gar lan­guage dur­ing an Oval Of­fice meet­ing with law­mak­ers while ask­ing why the U.S. would ac­cept more im­mi­grants from Haiti and African coun­tries rather than places like Nor­way. Edgar Ray Killen, a 1960s Klan leader who was con­victed decades later in the slay­ings of three civil rights work­ers, died in prison at the age of 92.

To­day’s Birthdays: For­mer Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Jean Chre­tien is 85. Ac­tor Mitchell Ryan is 85. Ac­tor Felix Silla is 82. Movie di­rec­tor Joel Zwick is 77. Coun­try singer Naomi Judd is 73. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Cren­shaw is 67. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 63. Ac­tress Phyl­lis Lo­gan is 63. Mu­si­cian Vicki Peter­son (The Ban­gles) is 61. Ac­tress Kim Coles is 57. Ac­tor Ja­son Con­nery is 56. For­mer child ac­tress Dawn Lyn (TV: “My Three Sons”) is 56. Con­tem­po­rary Chris­tian mu­si­cian Jim Bryson (Mer­cyMe) is 51. Rock mu­si­cian Tom Du­mont (No Doubt) is 51. Movie di­rec­tor Mal­colm D. Lee is 49. Singer Mary J. Blige is 48. Mu­si­cian Tom Rowlands (The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers) is 48. Ac­tor Marc Blu­cas is 47. Ac­tress Amanda Peet is 47. Ac­tor Rock­mond Dun­bar is 46. Ac­tress Aja Naomi King is 34. Ac­tress Kris­tolyn Lloyd is 34. Re­al­ity TV star Ja­son Wahler is 32. Pop singer Cody Simp­son is 22.

Thought for To­day: “If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.” — Cato, Ro­man states­man and his­to­rian (234 B.C.-149 B.C.)

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