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This Day in History: Dec. 11

This Day in History

1805: The Michigan Territory is created.
1811: Mexican priest and revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo, leading an uprising against Spanish colonial rule, is routed near Guadalajara and is soon captured and shot.
1935: Aviator Amelia Earhart begins a flight from Honolulu to Oakland, CA, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
1964: Surgeon Gen. Luther Terry issues the first government report stating that smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
1973: Baseball's American League adopts the designated hitter rule on a trial basis.
2002: The first al-Qaeda prisoners taken in Afghanistan arrive in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba amidst charges of Geneva Convention violations.
2006: A special New Orleans, Louisiana commission unveils its draft proposal for the city's reconstruction after flooding from Hurricane Katrina. It proposes the demolition and abandonment of up to two-thirds of the city's prestorm area.

Today's Birthdays

1757: Alexander Hamilton, statesman and first treasury secretary (British West Indies; died 1804)
1815: Sir John MacDonald, first prime minister of Canada (Glasgow, Scotland; died 1891)
1839: Eugenio Maria Hostos, Puerto Rican patriot and scholar/author (Rio Canas, Puerto Rico; died 1903)
1842: William James, psychologist and philosopher (New York, NY; died 1910)
1885: Alice Paul, women's rights leader (Moorestown, NJ; died 1977)
1897: Bernard De Voto, historian/critic (Ogden, UT; died 1955)
1903: Alan Paton, South African author and political leader (Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; died 1988)
1907: Pierre Mendès-France, French prime minister (Paris, France; died 1982)
1924: Roger Guillemin, French-born American physiologist and Nobel laureate (Dijon, France)
1926: Grant Tinker, TV executive (Stamford, CT)
1929: Rod Taylor, actor (Sydney, Australia)
1934: Jean Chrétien, former Canadian prime minister (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)
1942: Clarence Clemons, musician/singer (Norfolk, VA)
1946: Naomi Judd, country singer (Ashland, KY)
1952: Ben Crenshaw, golfer (Austin, TX)
1957: Darryl Dawkins, basketball player (Orlando, FL)
1960: Stanley Tucci, actor (Katonah, NY)
1972: Amanda Peet, actress (New York, NY)

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