Today in history (Jan. 11)

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2022. This is today in history.

Today in history

  • In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, which made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.
  • In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued “Smoking and Health,” a report that concluded that “cigarette smoking contributes substantially to mortality from certain specific diseases and to the overall death rate.
  • In 2021, The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet over ties to the siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before digital activists made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped organize or document the riot.

Local news

  • In 2014,  Nine patients died from complications of the Flu. St Louis reported a rise in H1N1 complications with young adults – primarily without flu shots.
  • In 2016, Joplin authorities arrested Jason Russell after a 5-hour standoff.
  • In 2020, Shots were fired after two men entered a Joplin home during a home invasion.


  • In 1992, Paul Simon became the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the United Nations cultural boycott.
  • In 2000, authorities at an airport in Hawaii say they found a half-ounce of marijuana in singer Whitney Houston’s bag. She caught her flight before she could be arrested.
  • In 2010, Mark McGwire admitted to The Associated Press that he’d used steroids and human growth hormone when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998.
  • In 2019, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” became the first song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to go from number one to off the chart entirely.


  • In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
  • 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.


Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien (zhahn kray-tee-EHN’) is 88. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 88. Movie director Joel Zwick is 80. Country singer Naomi Judd is 76. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 70. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 66. Actor Phyllis Logan is 66. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 64. Actor Kim Coles is 60. Actor Jason Connery is 59. Former child actor Dawn Lyn (TV: “My Three Sons”) is 59. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 54. Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 52. Singer Mary J. Blige is 51. Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 51. Actor Marc Blucas is 50. Actor Amanda Peet is 50. Actor Rockmond Dunbar is 49. Actor Aja Naomi King is 37. Actor Kristolyn Lloyd is 37. Reality TV star Jason Wahler is 35. Pop singer Cody Simpson is 25.

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