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January 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, January 11, 1787, Sir William Herschel discovered the first two moons of Uranus?

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January 11th is also known as Milk Day & Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day.

We would like to thank you for celebrating the eleventh day of the year with us.

Today we pass the first one million seconds of the year.

If January 11 is a special day for you or a loved one then you’re in the right place as we’ve selected some of the top historical events, facts and figures that we could lay our hands on.

Did you know that on this day in 1787, Sir William Herschel discovered the first two moons of Uranus? They were named Titania & Oberon after “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

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

Events

What memorable events happened on January 11 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2020

Diego, a 100-year-old tortoise, was retired from a breeding program after fathering 800+ children.

Diego lived at the San Diego Zoo until 1977, when he was sent to the Galápagos to save his species from extinction. Over the following 43 years, Diego almost single-handedly returned the Galápagos giant turtle population to acceptable levels. Diego has since retired to the island of Española, where he was initially found.

2010

Judge Simon Cowell left American Idol but continued working with FOX on X Factor US.

Cowell said, “I want to leave ‘Idol’ this year bigger and better than it was in the past.” He added, “I’m thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the US version of ‘The X Factor,’ and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox.”

2007

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling officially finished writing The Deathly Hallows.

OTD in 2007: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling officially finished writing The Deathly Hallows.

It was finished in room 552 at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, UK.

1980

The British-American band, The Pretenders, released their debut album called “Pretenders.”

The album hit number one in the UK charts within its first week.

1972

East Pakistan renamed itself Bangladesh after seceding from Pakistan.

1964

Luther Terry, the US Surgeon General, released a report concluding smoking cigarettes is bad for you.

OTD in 1964: Luther Terry

The report noted a direct link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer, among other deadly conditions. It was this same report that started the first global anti-smoking campaigns.

1949

Los Angeles was covered in snow for the first time in recorded history.

1922

The first successful administration of insulin to treat diabetes was given to 14-year-old Leonard Thompson.

OTD in 1922: The first successful administration of insulin to treat diabetes was given to 14-year-old Leonard Thompson.

Insulin is still the only treatment that effectively helps those who have Type 1 diabetes.

1908

The Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

It was the fifteenth site in the US to be named a national park.

1864

Charing Cross Railway Station opened in London, England.

1838

Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message using Morse code across two miles of wire in New Jersey, USA.

OTD in 1838: Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message using Morse code across two miles of wire in New Jersey

1787

Astronomer Sir William Herschel discovered the first two moons of Uranus, Titania & Oberon.

1775

The first Jewish person was elected in the US.

His name was Francis Salvador, and he lived in South Carolina, where he was elected.

1569

England drew it’s very first lottery outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth I chose to do this lottery as a way to raise money for England’s harbors and coastal defenses. The alternative was raising taxes.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Mary J. Blige? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1971

Mary J. Blige

American

Singer

Mary J. Blige

Age:

52 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

1997

Cody Simpson

Australian

Singer

Cody Simpson

Age:

26 years old

Born In:

Queensland, Australia

1755

Alexander Hamilton

American

Politician

Alexander Hamilton

Died On:

Jul 12, 1804 (Age 49)

Born In:

Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis

1986

Rachel Riley

British

Television Presenter

Rachel Riley

Age:

37 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Quotes

Here we have the most notable quotes that have been spoken throughout history on this day.

2013

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American Memoirist

1821

Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens, even, accidentally, to stumble upon it.

Lord Byron

Lord Byron

English Poet

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

January 11: National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day
United States

National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day

According to kids, there are few things as thrilling as jumping around in puddles and splashing your friends. Today everyone gets to join in on the fun, so why not head outside and try it yourself?

January 11: National Milk Day
United States

National Milk Day

Have you ever knocked back a delicious glass of milk in the morning to only be told later that you’re adorning a milk-tache? Today is National Milk Day, so wear your milky mustache with pride, knowing you’re doing your body and bones a whole lot of good!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The Great Wall of China has stood for centuries due to being made of a unique mortar mix of rice flour and slaked lime.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on January 11th all share the Capricorn zodiac sign.

Capricorn is the tenth astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Capricornus, the horned goat.

All those born in January have the Garnet birthstone. The garnet is undoubtedly a gift to the wearer as it brings them love, friendships, loyalty, health, and luck.

People born on January 11 were likely conceived on or around April 20 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around October 4, 2023.

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