On This Day January 11
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1757 – Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers, credited with establishing the nation’s financial system and first political party (d. 1804)
1930 – Actor Rod Taylor (“The Time Machine,” “The Birds”) (d. 2015)
1942 – Bruce Springsteen/E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemens (d. 2011)
1946 – Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Naomi Judd of The Judds (d. 2022)
1952 – Golf legend Ben Crenshaw
1971 – Grammy-winning R&B, soul and hip-hop singer Mary J. Blige
1972 – Actress Amanda Peet (“The Whole Nine Yards,” “Saving Silverman,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Identity,” “Syriana”)
1908 – Calling it “the one great sight which every American should see,” U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declares the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument. It is designated a national park in 1919.
1935 – Three years after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to achieve a solo flight across the Pacific from Hawaii to California.
1964 – U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry publishes a report stating that smoking may be hazardous to one’s health. It is the first such statement ever made by the federal government.
1973 – Major League Baseball’s American League adopts the Designated Hitter (DH) rule, clearing the way for another player to bat for the pitcher while allowing the pitcher to remain in the game.
1989 – After eight years as U.S. president, Ronald Reagan gives his farewell address to the American people. In his speech, President Reagan said the U.S. was “respected again in the world and looked to for leadership.”
1964 – Columbia Records’ “Ring Of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash” becomes the first country album to reach No. 1 on the U.S. album chart. The first track on Side 1 of the album is Cash’s signature “Ring of Fire.”
1969 – Marvin Gaye has the hottest song on the radio with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”
1975 – Elton John’s cover of The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” begins its second and final week as a No. 1 single.
1986 – Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me” wraps up a four-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100.
1992 – Nirvana’s “Nevermind” claims the top spot on the Billboard album chart. That same evening, the band is the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”). It marks the first time a grunge act performs for a mainstream national television audience.
1992 – Michael Jackson is king of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Black or White,” which holds the top spot for seven weeks. It is among four top 10 singles from MJ’s “Dangerous” album.
2003 – “Lose Yourself,” by Eminem from the “8 Mile” soundtrack, is the No. 1 single.