January 11


Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.


The first government report regarding the dangers of cigarette smoking was issued by the U.S. Surgeon General, Luther Terry.


Baseball's American League adopted the "designated hitter" rule which allowed another player to bat for the pitcher.


The first al-Qaeda prisoners arrive at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Outgoing Illinois governor George Ryan cleared the state's death row by commuting the sentences of 167 inmates.


The Arab Spring movement begins in Tunisia when demonstrators take to the streets to protest chronic unemployment and police brutality.

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