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1/11/2013 2:08:00 PM
World Almanac for January 11, 2013

Today is the 11th day of 2013 and the 22nd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument.

In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general issued the first U.S. government report concluding that smoking could be hazardous to health.

In 2003, departing Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of an unprecedented 156 death row inmates.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Hamilton (1755/57-1804), U.S. statesman; William James (1842-1910), philosopher/psychologist; Rod Taylor (1930- ), actor; Jean Chretien (1934- ), Canadian politician; Naomi Judd (1946- ), singer; Mary J. Blige (1971- ), singer; Amanda Peet (1972- ), actress.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2008, Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Marion Jones was given a six-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about performance-enhancing drugs and check fraud.

TODAY'S FACT: Alexander Hamilton was born to a poor family on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Conflicting sets of records leave it unclear whether he was born in 1755 or 1757.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James

TODAY'S NUMBER: 160,340 -- estimated number of American lung cancer deaths in 2011.

TODAY'S MOON: New moon (Jan. 11).


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