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This Day In History: Jan. 11

Today is the 11th day of 2008 and the 21st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1908, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt declared the Grand Canyon a national monument. In 1964, the U.S. surgeon general issued the first U.S. government report concluding that smoking could be hazardous to health. In 2003, departing Illinois governor George Ryan commuted the sentences of an unprecedented 156 death row inmates.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Hamilton (1755?-1804), U.S. statesman; William James (1842-1910), philosopher/psychologist; Rod Taylor (1930- ), actor, is 78; Jean Chretien (1934- ), former Canadian prime minister, is 74; Naomi Judd (1946- ), singer, is 62; Mary J. Blige (1971- ), singer, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, the owners of MLB's American League teams approved the rule of the designated hitter.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." - Mark Twain

TODAY'S FACT: Alexander Hamilton was born to a poor family on the Caribbean island of Nevis; conflicting sets of records leave it unclear whether he was born in 1755 or 1757.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 438,000 - estimated number of smoking-related deaths in America each year from 1997 to 2001.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (January 8) and first quarter (January 15).

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