January 11 in History
What happened on January 11 in history?
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on january 11 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on january 11 in history.
Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on the state’s death row in the wake of allegations that Chicago police detective and commander Jon Burge tortured confessions from some 200 suspects over a 19 year period.
The Irish Government announces an end to a 15-year ban on broadcasting by the IRA and its political branch, Sinn Fein.
Honda announces it will build the first Japanese-owned passenger-car assembly plant in the United States–in Ohio.
A collection of previously unexhibited paintings by Pablo Picasso are displayed for the first time in Toronto.
Negotiations in China between the Nationalists and Communists open as Tientsin is virtually lost to the Communists.
President Harry S. Truman proposes free, two-year community colleges for all who want an education.
The Soviet Red Army encircles Stalingrad.
Japan invades the Dutch East Indies at Borneo.
Adolf Hitler orders forces to be prepared to enter North Africa to assist the Italian effort, marking the establishment of the Afrika Korps.
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., becomes the U.S. Army’s first black general, his son would later become a general as well.
The German police raid the homes of dissident clergy in Berlin.
The French enter the town of Essen in the Ruhr valley, to extract Germany’s resources as war payment.
Russian General Yudenich launches a WWI winter offensive and advances west.
British troops massacre 1,000 dervishes in Somaliland.
At Fort Smith, Arkansas, hangman George Maledon dispatches four victims in a multiple hanging.
Lincoln accepts Simon Cameron’s resignation as Secretary of War.
Alabama secedes from the Union.
Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," dies in Baltimore.