11 January

January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 354 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about January 11th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about January 11th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International Thank-You Day
  • National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day
  • Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • Poetry At Work Day

Historic Events

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”.

1985: The first Rock in Rio music festival is held

A whopping 1.5 million people attended, making it the world’s largest music festival.

1962: A massive landslide kills 4,000 in Peru

Nine villages in the Río Santa Valley were engulfed by a 12-meter wall of rock and ice.

1935: Amelia Earhart flies solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland

She was the first person to achieve this feat. Her journey took her from Honolulu to Oakland, California.

1922: Insulin is used for the first time to treat diabetes

14-year-old Leonard Thompson was the first person to receive the medication to combat his Type 1 diabetes.

Famous Birthdays

1979: Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer-songwriter, producer

1973: Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer

1971: Mary J. Blige, American singer-songwriter, producer, actress

1934: Jean Chrétien, Canadian politician, 20th Prime Minister of Canada

1755: Alexander Hamilton, Nevisian/American economist, politician, philosopher, 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury

Heartbreaking Deaths

2014: Ariel Sharon, Israeli general, politician, 11th Prime Minister of Israel

2013: Nguyen Khanh, Vietnamese general, politician, 3rd President of South Vietnam

2013: Aaron Swartz, American computer programmer, activist

2008: Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, explorer

1941: Emanuel Lasker, German chess player

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