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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

A new prime minister chosen in Japan, a former PM dies in Israel ... on this date in history.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu places a wreath during the funeral of Ariel Sharon near Sycamore Farm, the former PM's residence in southern Israel, Jan. 13, 2014. Sharon died Jan. 11, 2014, at the age of 85. UPI/Baz Ratner/Pool
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu places a wreath during the funeral of Ariel Sharon near Sycamore Farm, the former PM's residence in southern Israel, Jan. 13, 2014. Sharon died Jan. 11, 2014, at the age of 85. UPI/Baz Ratner/Pool | License Photo

Today is Sunday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2015 with 354 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include American statesman Alexander Hamilton in 1757; Ezra Cornell, founder of Western Union Telegraph company and Cornell University, in 1807; John MacDonald, first prime minister of Canada, in 1815; psychologist and philosopher William James in 1842; feminist lawyer Alice Paul in 1885; South African novelist Alan Paton ("Cry, the Beloved Country") in 1903; automobile designer Carroll Shelby in 1923; actor Rod Taylor in 1930 (age 85); former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien in 1934 (age 81); musician Clarence Clemons in 1942; singer Naomi Judd in 1946 (age 69); Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Tracy Caulkins in 1963 (age 52); singer Mary J. Blige in 1971 (age 44); actor Amanda Peet in 1972 (age 43).


On this date in history:

In 1785, the Continental Congress convened in New York City.

In 1787, William Herschel discovered two moons of Uranus. They are named Titania and Oberon.

In 1861, Alabama seceded from the United States.

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In 1935, U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly from Hawaii to California.

In 1949, Los Angeles noted its first recorded snowfall.

In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report saying smoking cigarettes is a definite "health hazard."

In 1972, East Pakistan was renamed Bangladesh.

In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated a $10 million award to the family of Oklahoma nuclear worker Karen Silkwood, who died in 1974.

In 1990, martial law, imposed during the June 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, was lifted in Beijing.

In 1996, the Japanese Diet elected Ryutaro Hashimoto, head of the Liberal Democratic Party, as prime minister.

In 2002, Ford announced it planned to lay off 35,000 employees, drop four car models and close four plants.

In 2003, a few days before leaving office, Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the death sentences of 171 inmates to life in prison.

In 2009, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement with the European Union that led to resumption of natural gas deliveries, which had been cut off in a back-payment dispute.

In 2010, 78 percent of U.S. air travelers said they supported using full-body airport scanners, a Gallup poll indicated.

In 2011, heavy rain in Brazil triggered floods and mudslides that killed more than 900 people and left an estimated 25,000 homeless.

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In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama said the war in Afghanistan "will come to a responsible end" by the end of 2014.

In 2014, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died at age 85. He had been in a coma for eight years following a massive stroke.


A thought for the day: "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." -- Emilie Buchwald

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